Drought dries Texas' soil; contributes to cracks in foundations, pipes

Dry soil can absorb the moisture from surrounding materials, which can lead to major cracks in water pipes and concrete floors and foundations during times of drought. "When we run through weather cycles, the soil literally pumps up and down with moisture change," he said. "When we hit a severe drought like this, the soil contracts quite a bit more and actually contracts deep enough that it starts affecting foundations," said Kenny Dutton, president of the Foundation Repair Association's Houston Chapter.

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