Texas is no stranger to drought conditions, and these extended dry periods have been known to take their toll on crops, landscapes and even cattle. But something that is overlooked and can ultimately lead to extensive damage and costly repairs is the effect it has on the home's foundation.As you know, the foundation of a home is the skeleton that holds everything together. It's the lowest load-bearing part of a home, typically under the ground, that supports the walls, floors and everything inside.
When the dry soil becomes extremely dry, it contracts and causes the foundation to sink. Cracks begin to form in the home's walls as the cracks shift the home in different directions. Homeowners or renters may notice door frames have shifted and doors are unable to open or close properly because of cracks in the corners, and in extreme cases, may notice pipes breaking and cracks in the exterior brick.
In order to combat this and avoid paying hefty repairs, home owners and renters are urged to water their foundation, so that even in a drought period, the soil is moistened and safe from shifting. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is by planting, growing and then watering plants around the foundation of the house. The plants shade the soil from the hot Texas sun and can help prevent evaporation, and the roots of the plants grow deep and help hold the soil in place.
If you don't have plants around your foundation currently, or don't have the ability to plant them (due to a lease agreement or otherwise), another easy fix is to just water the ground! Get out your garden hose and water the ground at the edge of the home twice a week for 5-10 minutes. You can read more about this online.
In short, keeping the soil wet will prevent thousands of dollars' worth of damage and keep your home in proper working order.