Drought Watch: Home Foundation Effects - KAUZ-TV: Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Drought Watch: Home Foundation Effects

Posted: Updated:
Stage four drought restrictions, plus the recent cold weather, have been taking a toll on many Texomans hobbies, lifestyles and now home foundations.

"You have a subterranean fracture and this exterior wall has moved down slightly, causing the wall to rotate away. You can almost bet that when we lift this outside wall the distract will go almost exactly to what it was before and never move again," said owner of Falls Foundation Repair, Mike Minter.

These foundation cracks begin on the outside of your home and then become an inside problem, and it all starts from the clay soil.

"In Wichita Falls we do not have the type of expansive clay that is found along the I-35 corridor or in places like Dallas, Fort Worth or Houston. We have a type of clay that is a more stable soil, " said Minter. 

"We see the tell tell stair-step cracked brick on the outside of your home, but the direction of the dry wall crack that you see on the doorways and windows that are running at an angle certainly indicate that we have rotation in the slab itself and quite possibly a foundation failure," said Minter.

When foundation repair companies in Texoma step in to fix your home, they evaluate your property and then look at ways to repair it. 

Foundation repairs could cost anywhere from 3 to 5 thousand dollars. Even though most Texoma drought restrictions allow you to water your foundation on a specific day and time, Minter said it isn't the best thing to do.

"Watering your foundation is not going to repair your foundation.  To simply use one of our very precious natural resources with the limited amount of moisture we have is not in the best interest of our society, our area or your home," said Minter.

After the foundation cracks have appeared, it is too late to fix it yourself, but there are ways you can prevent them from happening.

"The biggest reason of foundation failure is around the outside of a home. The number one thing that a homeowner can do to prevent foundation repair is to keep roots, shrubbery and trees away from the foundation," said Minter.

 Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6
  • News HeadlinesNews HeadlinesMore>>

  • Animal Services Launches Adoption Program

    Animal Services Launches Adoption Program

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:23 AM EDT2014-04-19 04:23:57 GMT
    It was a big day for the Wichita Falls Animal Services on Friday. They launched their new adoption program!
    It was a big day for the Wichita Falls Animal Services on Friday. They launched their new adoption program!
  • Deadly Accident Driver Let Go

    Deadly Accident Driver Let Go

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:19 AM EDT2014-04-19 04:19:47 GMT
    The man who was behind the wheel of a truck that hit and killed an 11-year-old boy in Wichita County will not face any charges. 
    The man who was behind the wheel of a truck that hit and killed an 11-year-old boy in Wichita County will not face any charges. 
  • Scam Alert

    Scam Alert

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:18 AM EDT2014-04-19 04:18:36 GMT
    Several residents in Electra have received fraudulent checks. 
    Several residents in Electra have received fraudulent checks.