Drought causing cracks in St. Louis basement walls

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 | 9:30 a.m. CDT; updated 3:42 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 15, 2012

ST. LOUIS — Many homeowners are seeing the impact of the drought with cracked walls in the basement, forcing thousands of dollars in repair bills that insurance generally doesn't cover.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that basement repair companies are overwhelmed with calls from customers about cracking and shifting foundations.

The drought has drained moisture from the soil for several feet underground. Drying clay shrinks, which undermines support beneath basements.

Firms say the average repair cost is running in the $3,000 to $5,000 range, but some have exceeded $30,000 — costs that homeowner insurance policies seldom cover.


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frank christian August 15, 2012 | 11:59 a.m.

Watering next to the foundation should expand the dirt again.

I was warned of this in 80's drought, but did not act and later noticed two hairline cracks in my new foundation. One allowed a small puddle in basement during exceedingly heavy rain.

Had planned to water in the 80's and had planned to write a warning here, before now. Not much success either time. Sorry.

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Corey Parks August 15, 2012 | 7:09 p.m.

Hell. Title could have read. "Drought causing cracks in all over Missouri walls"

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