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How Summer Heat & Humidity Affect Your Foundation
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How Summer Heat & Humidity Affect Your Foundation

Weather patterns and seasonal changes can significantly impact your home’s foundation. Extreme fluctuations in temperature (such as freezes) and significant storms with high precipitation can wreak havoc on foundations due to the surrounding soil. But those aren’t the only events to consider when weighing solutions to protect your foundation. In fact, summer heat and humidity can affect your foundation more than you may realize.

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The Impact of Heat

High heat during the summer can rapidly dry out the soil around your foundation. When the soil dries, it begins shrinking in volume. This change causes the soil underneath your foundation to begin shifting and sinking. As a result, the foundation of your home no longer has a stable surface to support it, which puts pressure on the overall structure of the building. You may start to see cracks appearing in walls or notice sticking doors and windows.

Additionally, the intense summer heat can dry the soil until it can no longer absorb moisture properly. So when you do get significant rainfall, you may end up experiencing soil erosion around your foundation.

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The Impact of Humidity

Many parts of the country experience high humidity, especially during the summer months. If that high humidity goes unchecked in your home, it could present a problem for your foundation. In humid environments, moisture is consistently present. And this is the last thing you want in your home, as it can become a breeding ground for mold. Basements are notorious for trapping humid air. Over time, they can develop insect infestations or a mold problem, which in turn can damage support beams.

Another concern with humid basements is the impact of moisture on concrete walls. Too much moisture can weaken the concrete, and too much soil moisture can cause cracks due to hydrostatic pressure.

While both heat and humidity can have a detrimental effect on your foundation, there are steps you can take to mitigate or prevent moisture-related foundation damage. Contact Virginia Foundation Solutions, your local foundation repair specialists, to learn more about how you can protect your foundation from heat and humidity. Contact us now to schedule a free inspection!

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Reviews

5/

Quality materials and workmanship. Matt answered all our questions, even after hours, and Miguel and his crew were efficient and resolved all issues immediately. A very satisfied customer.

Christopher
5/

Professional and courteous at all time. Crew was on site for 4 days in terrible weather and never missed a beat. Kept us informed, did what they planned and kept the areas near and clean. A really great crew.

Hal Luebke
5/

VFS crew did a wonderful job. They worked effectively together to complete our project. They used care in making sure our lawn was not ruined and they cleaned up their work area when completed.

Mary Routten
5/

Work was completed as promised. Purple crew was prompt, professional, and considerate of our home. Zero complaints

S House
5/

I highly recommend this company. They had the best price, quality work and it was completed on time, which is rare these days. It’s not easy so I commend the crew on their hard work!

Donald Marx
5/

Everything looks GREAT and the finished crawlspace was better than we expected. The RED crew did a great job and left the entire worksite cleaner than it was when they arrived.

Mike Shaffer
5/

We recently used VFS to install an interior french drain and sump pump in our finished lower level. The "purple crew" was assigned to our job and they were fabulous!!! They were timely, neat, respectful and hardworking. We are very happy with the job they did.

Howard Bloom
5/

The yellow crew (Willy, Marco, Oscar, and Patrick) were VERY professional and hard working. They kept us informed every step of the way. The clean up at end of the workday was exceptional. The best part is my foundation is fixed and our crawlspace is the cleanest crawlspace I have ever seen.

Scott Withdrew
5/

The workers were very professional, experienced and knowledgeable. They left the crawlspace with reinforced support beams. A supervisor checked their work in the afternoon.

Rick Ruscak
5/

VFS did a great job on our house’s foundation in double quick time and when they left our yard was cleaner and tidier than it was when they came! Thank you all. The masonry team also did a wonderful job. The damaged brickwork looks as good as new. Well done!

Alan Stephenson

Newport News

5/

We loved working with this company. All of the workers were friendly and helpful. They were very particular about their work and showed professionalism and organization. They did a great job; we are so thankful for their help.

Daphne Jonas

Poquoson

5/

Professional and kind staff, started on time, finished on time, good clean up, and next best bid was 40% higher using same materials. Highly recommend!

Ron Bianchi

Suffolk

5/

VFS was on time, clean, polite and thorough with good workmanship.

Lois Horton

Newport News

5/

Great customer service. Fantastic work under the house along with follow through to ensure everything was complete. Our Moisture and Termite inspector said it was the best "under house" inspection he'd done!

Larry Bianchi

Virginia Beach