No seamless rain gutters installed on your Austin or San Antonio home?
Damage to a home caused by Travis County's expansive soils can be catastrophic for a homeowner. This type of damage is not typically covered by homeowners insurance.
The effects of Austin rain and wind contribute to soil movement and erosion at the base of your foundation, causing cracks and uneven settlement.
Austin's Soil -
The Hidden Force Behind Foundation Problems
The soil under your feet determines land use, kinds of crops grown, need for fertilizers, and erosion potential.
Expansive soil, also known as shrink-swell soil, is a type of clay soil that acts like a sponge, expanding when water is absorbed and shrinking when it dries out.
This cycle of shrinkage and swelling places repetitive stress on your home's structure.
Is Your Foundation at Risk?
As you walk around your house, pay special attention where the foundation skirting meets the ground.
If it’s beginning to erode you need gutters to redirect water from that area.
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Types of Soil in Austin
Austin is home to several different types of soil. For instance, the Pflugerville area and hillsides feature a tightly-packed black clay that absorbs water very slowly.
The West Lake Hills area has only thin layers of soil over limestone rock. Because the rock is so close to the surface, moisture absorption is limited.
Texas alone accounts for over 40% of the U.S. housing builds on expansive soils.
Rainy Days Keep Gutters Working Hard in Austin
Due to its location in Central Texas, Austin is prone to thundershowers and flooding. The largest amounts of rainfall occur during late spring and in early fall when a lot of precipitation falls in a short amount of time.
The average rainfall is between 32 and 36 inches across all months of the year.
In addition to foundational structural integrity concerns, our weather patterns pose a threat to floors, walls, patios, sidewalks, driveways, and landscaping.
Expansive soils cause more damage to buildings, roads and other structures than do floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.
When the water content in expansive soil remains consistent, it generally doesn't cause a problem. But in Texas we experience significant and repeated moisture content changes due to weather. This is an important reason why homeowners are encouraged to use gutters and downspouts.
Seamless Rain Gutters Protect Your Home's Foundation from Expansive Soil and Wet Weather
Although seamless rain gutters are one of several solutions, a gutter system is an affordable, effective measure against foundation and landscape deterioration.
A seamless rain gutter system collects water from a slanted roof and funnels it away from your home's siding, door frames, window sills, landscaping, and foundation.
It helps protect your lawn from compression, flooding, and erosion.