Settling foundations are often caused by soil shrinking away during dry spells. Much of the time, there isn’t any clear evidence of a settling foundation, unless you’re looking closely.
Cracks will first form in basement walls, which may be overlooked by many homeowners. Eventually, the damage will spread to upper levels of the home.
Cracks in upstairs drywall may start to appear, as well as hard-to-open doors and windows. When this occurs, the best thing to do is have your home inspected by a foundation repair expert immediately.
It may seem strange that foundation problems caused by drought can lead to flooding, but it actually makes a lot of sense. When your foundation settles and cracks form, your home becomes vulnerable to anything that can enter through those cracks, including water.
If you have any storage in your basement, it could be damaged by water when rain finally does come. Then, you’ll be looking at not only a foundation problem, but hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars of property damage as well.