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Foundation experts say too much rain, just like too much drought, can cause the same ground shifting leading to foundation problems.
After last year's record drought in Texoma, most are happy to see the wet stuff fall.

But if your home's foundation isn't protected against it, you might be singing a different tune.

Unlike last summer when the ground contracted because of a lack of moisture, experts say if the ground gets too wet, it will expand.

"With the way it's going right now, we have an excess of moisture which will actually cause the soil to push up beside the house," said Jared Golden of AAA Guardian Foundation Repair, "and when it dries back out, it's going to have a bigger void to fall back into."

All that expanding and contracting can wreak havoc on a homes foundation, causing the house to shift, walls to crack, and lots of headaches for the homeowner.

One  way to fix the problem is to actually lift the house up and sink a number of concrete piers into the ground to support it, but it's a process which could cost thousands.

"If you can come in and actually fix it when the first part starts to move," explained Golden, "you're looking at a rather minor repair, but if you let it go, the numbers on that tend to multiply pretty quick."

However, there are things you can do to prevent the problem.

First, make sure your home has gutters and the downspout is at least six feet away from the house.

Second, make sure the soil around your home slopes enough to drain the water away.

Lastly, fill up any holes around your house to prevent water from pooling.

Golden said the money you spend on preventative maintenance is a down payment on some piece of mind.

"If people will take some steps to correct the things around the house causing the issue, they won't be nearly as bad off this summer as they were last year."

Another reason to spend the money on preventative maintenance, most homeowner's insurance doesn't cover the cost of foundation repair.
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