CommunityCan Drought Conditions Affect a Basement Foundation?

Can Drought Conditions Affect a Basement Foundation?

I live in West Central Illinois and we are currently in drought conditions. Is there anything that should be done to protect our home's foundation? We have a full basement. I had been told to water the foundation but wanted to verify that this is a good idea. Thank you.

The Money Pit Answer
In certain areas with expansive clay soils, the ground can shrink and dry out and periods of drought which can lead foundation damage.  This is prevalent for example in western Texas where it is not unusual to maintain a foundation watering system.  I'm not aware that these conditions occur in center Illinois - nor do I have personal knowledge of foundation damage resulted from such a scenerio.  Get specific guidance from local experts like a home inspector who is certified by the American Society of Home Inspectors, and has nothing to gain in making a reccomendation, because there is no conflict of interest.