KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Rain from Tropical Depression Isaac helped and hurt homeowners.
Foundation companies said they have received hundreds of calls since Friday from homeowners reporting flooded basements. On the flip side, a soil service company said Friday and Saturday's rainfall may have been enough to save your parched lawn.
With the extreme drought, many homeowners have encountered issues with their home foundations shifting. The soil is so dry that it expands and cracks, causing foundations to shift downward, sometimes several feet.
Foundation companies have waiting lists of clients needing repairs to their foundations, and now, they are received hundreds of calls from homeowners reporting that their basements have flooded.
"In the drought, soil pulled away from many home's foundations. When the soil shrinks away from the concrete, it opens up a channel between the earth and the concrete," said Andrew Vleisides of Spartan Foundation in Kansas City.
"Rain has seeped between the dirt and the concrete into homeowner's basements," he added.
Vleisides said his company alone has received 100 calls since Friday evening of homeowners who have water in their basements. He worries several homeowners who are out of town for Labor Day, will discover problems when they return on Monday night.
Matt Archer with Soil Service Garden Center has a more positive story to tell. He says the five to six inches of rain received in some areas of Kansas City will help to save some parched lawns around the heartland.
Archer advises homeowners to part the blades of grass in their yards over the next 2-3 days. Within that time frame, a homeowner should be able to tell if new blades of grass are sprouting from the soil.
Archer says homeowners who diligently watered their lawns during this drought should be able to save their lawns with a high nitrogen and iron enriched fertilizer.
If homeowners do not see new grass spouts, it may be too late to save their yards. In that case, Archer recommends reseed any bare areas that are larger than a softball in size. September, Archer says, is the best time to reseed your lawn. If a homeowner waits until October or November, it may not be hot enough for the seeds to germinate.
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