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Old 06-30-2011, 04:36 PM   #16
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Old 07-01-2011, 07:21 AM   #17
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I got in touch with my contractor this morning. Due to various holiday vacations on both of our parts, he won't be able to come by until next Saturday. He did say that he's seeing a lot of cracking in our area due to our drought (he mentioned that his own house has developed one near his door).

I walked around my house yesterday, and I saw three corners of our foundation had cracked, along with other cracks in the bricks & mortar, as well as a bowing walkway wooden post, so I'll have a list of items to discuss with him. I just want to make sure everything is checked out. I plan on having this house for awhile.
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If indeed the AC unit is contributing to the crack, you may want an HVAC guy to place the unit on some rubber bumper pads to reduce the effects of vibration.
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I talked with my contractor just now. He basically said that what I'm seeing (drywall crack, brick & mortar cracks) is due to the extreme drought we're having now. He recommended that I put a soaker hose on the side of the house that is experiencing the cracking. He also said that he wouldn't fix the drywall until it starts raining again or sometime in the fall when it cools down.

He said that a lot of people have called him about foundation problems, and they're all experiencing the same thing. It's just too darn hot out here. He told me that there's just not a lot I can do. I asked him about repairing the bricks, and he said that there wasn't much to do except put some silicone caulk in there.

At least I feel better that I'm not the only one out here having similar problems. I've just been worried about my house suddenly failing. Just like doing a web search for medical problems, doing a search on Google for drywall cracks and related items can scare the life out of you. I'm still thinking of getting an independent structural engineer out here to have a look at the foundation to ease my mind. But until then, I'll have a soaker hose to buy tomorrow.

Thanks to everyone for their help!
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That soil is probably heavy clays and without moisture that soil will shrink tremendously. Once moisture is applied the soil will begin to expand and more than likely stabilize if you keep it moist down below.

I know in North Texas people actually install underground soakers to keep the soils around their homes stabilized.
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