1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

March 17, 2008

:077 Re-hydrating Soil

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source: USGS reprinted from Extreme Weather Hits Home

Suggested Review – Also see 1:5:10:365 Ecotips :075, :076, :078 for more information on expansive clay soils.

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:077 Tip: When expansive clay soils shrink from drying out they cause damage by no longer supporting the buildings foundation. Re-hydrating soil that is expansive must be done properly to prevent additional permanent damage. It is always best to consult with an expert since the way the soil is re-hydrated can be very important. For example watering expansive soil cracks directly can wash soil into the crack and prevent it from closing completely making the damage permanent.

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Additional Information

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 wrong watering source: Extreme Weather Hits Home

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correct watering source: Extreme Weather Hits Home

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Climate change isn”t only about warming. In my book- Extreme Weather Hits Home: Protecting Your Building From Climate Change, I discuss how to prepare your home for many other extreme weather conditions including expansive clay soils.

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March 15, 2008

:075 Photograph Cracks

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Suggested Review – none

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:075 Tip: Keep a digital photo of any structural or foundation cracks. This will allow you to compare the crack with the photo later to determine if and how much the building is shifting. The photo above shows damage caused by expansive clay soil.

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Additional Information

Suggested Review: See 1:5:10:365 EcoTips :076, 077, :078 for more information about expansive clay soils

The sooner shifts in a building are noted the less expensive their causes are to diagnose and repair. Take a far shot to indicate the cracks position and a second close-up with a ruler next to the crack to provide some perspective for the shot.

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