Drought causes costly damage to home foundations
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Ill.— Cracking foundations are another big problem in the Local 6 area caused by the record drought, and the solution could cost thousands.
Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance representatives say foundation cracks caused by earth movement, outside of a strong earthquake, are not covered by homeowners insurance. It's considered a maintenance issue, so there's no plan to protect you from it.
"The drought this year is just so severe that the ground is just crumbling underneath the foundations," said estimate estimator Beau Bolin. He works for a foundation repair company called Helitech and says fixing cracks can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
Left alone, cracks on the outside will lead to issues on the inside. Bolin said, "It'll cause your windows and stuff to where they won't open and doors that won't open. It can even cause major damage to roof lines and things like that."
This year's extreme drought has caused major foundation problems for hundreds of people across Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri. Bolin says his company is swamped with calls for estimates. "Until we get good soaking rain, this is going to be an issue around the areas that I talked about," said Bolin.
The best way to avoid this problem is to stop it before it starts. Bolin suggests using soaker hoses around your foundation to keep the soil moist and intact. It's also important to keep gutters clean and directed away your home so rain doesn't wash away the soil.