Since 1997, BQ Basements & Concrete has been your local expert in basement and crawl space waterproofing, foundation repair and concrete lifting services. As your neighborhood foundation experts, we care about the safety of your home and family members.
Philadelphia has been experiencing extremely high temperatures this summer, with some areas experiencing mild to moderate drought conditions. Long-term heat and lack of precipitation could be affecting the integrity of your home.
How does drought affect the home?
Extreme heat and lack of rainfall deplete the soil around the foundation of any moisture, causing the soil to shrink. The dangers of dry conditions are not always immediate. When the rain eventually comes, the soil will not be able to handle large amounts of moisture and will begin to wash away. This process can cause major flooding and can put hydrostatic pressure on the walls of the structure. Long-term hydrostatic pressure is a detriment to your home’s foundation.
Additionally, growing space between the soil and the concrete slabs around your home can cause concrete driveways, sidewalks and pool decks to fall or crack. Unlevel sidewalks can be a trip hazard and lead to serious injuries.
This cycle will continue to repeat through dry and wet seasons increasing the potential dangers. Addressing the issue as soon as you notice it is the best way to mitigate the damage over time.
What can I do to fix it?
The experts at BQ Basements & Concrete can help inspect and repair any foundation repair issues that may concern you. Give us a call today for a free estimate at 215-709-6225.