These past few years have been crazy ones for many of us in Colorado. Before 2015, the region was gripped by multi-year droughts that triggered conditions identical to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Fires were normal sightings in Colorado and dust storms were like an unwelcome visitor that just wouldn’t leave.
Many were concerned that this cycle of fires and dust storms would never end. But, 2015 came and with it, record rains as early as May. Within a month of the rains, there was no more drought. The impact was so great that numerous regions experienced flooding. In fact, May 2015 was the wettest month on record for Colorado Springs with precipitation amounting to 8.13 inches. Surprisingly enough, many cities and towns around Colorado Springs fared even higher. It was recorded by CBS Local that not only was 2015 the wettest May for Colorado Springs, it was the wettest since November of 1894. The flooding, although not constant, was consistent enough that property owners began to see the affects in their homes. Houses were flooding and foundations sinking as the soil expanded. This issue was effecting almost every home within the region. As a structural repair and basement waterproofing company, we were able to see these damages up close and personal.
This year is a little different. Climatologists are predicting a La Nina. The conditions that set up for this are also well in place. With the return of La Nina we can expect higher than normal summer temperatures and drier than usual climates. This is the perfect set-up for fires and droughts, and of course, the dreaded dust storms. The abrupt change in weather is expected to cause soil to compact quickly leaving large holes in its absence.
As a property owner this can affect you in many ways. The first and most direct is your home’s foundation. Last year’s rains caused the soil to really expand. An impending drought means you can expect the soil to compact and settle even further. This will cause a home’s foundation, which sits on soil, to crack and even crumble. Many homeowners do not realize this and sometimes it is too late when they do realize.
A home is only as strong as its foundation and rain and droughts have a way of weakening this foundation. As a homeowner, you can take steps to stop this damage.