The drought that we are currently experiencing in the North Texas area has far reaching affects due to the type of soil that exists in portions of the region. Hardly a day goes by that the area newspapers or the news stations don’t discuss the effect that the drought is having on underground plumbing and building foundations. Water mains are breaking and house foundations are moving all across the area. We have also seen its effect on swimming pool decks and plumbing. The reason for this is as follows: dry weather causes clay, which makes up much of the soil in the area, to shrink and crack—causing plumbing and foundations to shift. This shifting can obviously cause problems.
How can you tell if problems can occur? If you see cracks in the yard or if you see separation between the soil and the pool deck, it is not good.
What can be done about it? The best thing that can be done is to water the yard extremely well, preventing it from drying out.