Colorado has seen its fair share of droughts. It’s the state’s unique relationship with its bentonite soil, though, that can lend to the danger of these dry spells. While, when the rains fall normally, bentonite soil is appreciated as a waterproofing measure, it can cause more harm to your home than good when the weather starts to dry out.
When do you want to take advantage of the waterproofing benefits this soil provides, and how, when the weather dries out, can you protect your home against it?
Bentonite soil can be found in droves in Colorado. This clay expands when exposed to water, but more so than most soils. As it does, it will come together and prevent water from reaching your home by almost entirely eliminating the gaps between its natural particles.
Unfortunately, bentonite soil isn’t the perfect waterproofing solution. Some of its downsides include:
All that said, you can readily pair bentonite soil with other waterproofing measures to protect your home from rain or snowmelt. In doing so, you’ll be prepared to deal with any water the clay lets through.
While bentonite soil can protect your home when rain is consistent, it isn’t as much of a blessing when you’re faced with a drought. As mentioned, bentonite soil tends to swell up when exposed to rain. It is through these means that it keeps most rainwater from reaching your home. However, when the soil goes without water for an extended period of time, it shrinks. Because in its healthy state, the soil can better support your home, that shrinkage can cause a lot of shifting. Your foundation can readily settle into the gaps this soil leaves behind when it goes without water.
In turn, droughts in Grand Junction, CO, can see you dealing with unwanted heaving, sinking or settling, or cracks in your foundation.
The summer of 2020 in Grand Junction, CO, is going to put your home to the test. If you’re looking for ways to protect your foundation and basement from shifting bentonite soil, you can:
Bentonite soil in the Colorado area is both a boon and a challenge to deal with, depending on the weather. If you’re looking for ways to shore up your home this summer, reach out to a professional foundation and basement repair contractors in your area for tips on how to get started.