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Paul Diguiseppi on the Dangers of Drought to Homes

November 8, 2012

The consequences of severe and prolonged drought to people and crops have been widely known for millennia. With much of the western United States suffering under drought conditions, cities and states are working hard to get their citizens to conserve water and to manage supplies of freshwater more carefully.

Often gone unnoticed until recently, perhaps, is the damage that droughts do to homes and buildings. Depending on the soil content, the lack of moisture in the soil can cause internal damage to a home’s doors, drywall, or plaster. Subsidence issues or foundation cracking also can result.

Homeowners need to be on the lookout for the internal signs of foundation problems. One indicator is the appearance of cracks in the walls and fireplace; this is particularly important to observe if the home is located in an area struggling with drought. At the early signs of trouble, homeowners should consult with a reputable construction firm to assess the damage and determine its source.

About the Author: Paul Diguiseppi has been involved in home construction for more than three decades. He is the President of West Coast Drywall located in southern California.

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