Drought causing some foundation issues

By Audrey Williams

July 18, 2012 Updated Jul 18, 2012 at 6:28 PM CDT

TREMONT, Ill -- Heavy rainfalls can cause damage in some basements but on the flip-side, the dry weather can also have an adverse effect on a home.

Jeff Tharp with Helitech said the drought has caused some soils to shrink and cause footing settlement. In fact, he said a chimney in Tremont has settled almost five inches due to weak and dry soil.

Homeowners should be looking for cracks in the foundations, or inside cracks in drywall especially around windows and doors.

Tharp said there is something you can do to reduce your risk of settlement issues during this dry spell, "On shallow footings, crawl spaces, footings that might be under a slab of some sort you can actually water with a water hose and it can help that expansive soil swell and preserve that footing from settling."

Foundation issues can cost thousands of dollars to fix.

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