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Why Different Types Of Weather Contribute To Foundation Damage?

Have you ever wondered what truly contributes to some of your foundation damage? As a foundation repair company, we’re able to provide you with some information about what causes foundation damage to your home. Living in Oklahoma it can be very hot and humid during the summer and very rarely does the temperature go below 20 degrees the rest of the year. Foundation repair issues are pretty frequent in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City area, but why is this? In today’s blog, we’ll be going over the different types of weather in Oklahoma that contribute to your foundation repair problems. In some of our past blogs, we’ve shared with you why your foundation is liable to ‘go bad.’ Read Why Your Foundation Turns Against You, Common Causes Of Foundation Repair, Warning Signs You Need Foundation Repair, and Signs It’s Time You Have A Foundation Inspection. If you are experiencing your own foundation repair problems, then it’s time you hire Master Lift Foundation Repair to fix your foundation. Some of the services we provide are foundation piering, French drains, pier and beam repair, foam injections, mudjacking and retaining walls to name a few services we can offer you.

What Weather Damages Your Foundation?

Do you know the repercussions of what the weather can do to your home? You might be rolling your eyes and shaking your head because really what can you do about the weather? In reality, you can’t do anything about the weather, but you should be aware of what the weather is doing to your foundation and how you can protect it from needing foundation repairs. When you can identify the issue of why you need foundation repair, then you can be more knowledgeable about how to minimize foundation repairs. You can’t control the weather, but you can control your housing situation and many other factors around you that contribute to needing foundation repairs. If you’re experiencing foundation failure, then take the time to contact a foundation contractor to repair your foundation. At Master Lift Foundation Repair, we cater to residential and commercial properties that are in need of foundation repair. Below are two types of weather in Oklahoma, as an Oklahoman surely knows, and we’ll cover the damage each type is able to do to your home.

Weather: Hot

What you need to know first is that hot weather definitely creates foundation cracks in your home. As any good Oklahoman knows, the summer is extremely hot. The heat is one of the many issues that creates foundation problems. Heat is an issue for homes that have concrete slab foundations, which are most homes in the Tulsa area. When you live in a very hot place, like Edmond, it’s important to have consistent foundation inspections so you know how to prevent any foundation repairs when it’s too hot. As mentioned above, obviously, you can’t control the weather, but you can be proactive about taking care of your home with consistent foundation inspections. Read Signs It’s Time You Have A Foundation Inspection, to get a better idea of when you should start getting foundation inspections to ensure your home is in tip-top shape.

Foundation damages are formed because of the hot weather. When the weather is the hottest, your foundation begins to become very dry. Remember those scorching hot days that are in the high 90's and well over 100? Those are the days that cause the cracks in your foundation. As you know, heat rises, which leads to your foundation beginning to shrink and pull away from your home, especially if you have concrete slabs combined with clay soil. When the foundation begins to pull away from the house, the foundation begins to move and fractures start to take place. When the foundation begins to fracture, it’s time you get a foundation contractor to come and inspect your home to stop any further damage from being taken to the next level.

Weather: Humid

Humidity can sometimes be worse than heat. Humidity is uncomfortable, makes you sticky, your hair frizz up, and if anything touches you, you feel like your entire body is on fire. Humidity can cause a lot more damage than heat because of the wetness in the air combined with the uncomfortable setting. Humidity is detrimental to your health and can cause foundation problems inside of your home. When the weather outside is humid there is extra moisture that finds it’s way into the crawl spaces of your home and into the basement. Humidity works in mysterious ways.

First, the moisture works its way up from the ground where it meets in the overall air to create condensation that sticks to your surfaces. You’ve probably noticed on very hot days your walls are wet and your basement smells kind of moldy. In addition to creating foundation problems, humidity can also create mildew and mold in your home, which hurts your health. When humidity and moisture finds its ways into your home, it can move from the ground up and create problems with your flooring. Furthermore, it can create problems on your wall with the interior and the exterior. Humidity has a way of destroying your entire home from the ground up, which is why it’s imperative you take precautions against minimizing the humidity in your home.

If you’re interested in taking advantage of one of our services, then contact one of our two Oklahoma offices and we will send one of our engineers or structural inspectors out for a free evaluation. Oklahoma City - 405.226.1456 or Tulsa - 918.398.6600

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