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Texas drought is causing problems with home foundations and is getting worse in the Southeast

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A combination of heat and little rain is impacting families in Southeast Texas.

As some homeowners experience patches of dry grass, experts say the drought could affect your home’s foundation.

People are dealing with dry grass and clay soil and are unsure of what to do if the problem worsens.

Robert Jackson said the garden in his backyard is barely surviving.

“My grass won’t grow when it’s hot,” Jackson said. “My okra won’t grow either. It will lie down, but I have to water it twice a day.”

The summer drought forces him to do more work to keep his grass and vegetables moist.

The ABC13 weather team said Southeast Texas has not experienced a summer drought this bad since 2011, which is the worst drought for Texas on record.

According to Chief Meteorologist Travis Herzog, the average rainfall in June is about 6 inches. He said the area had rained less than an inch last month, making it the city’s third driest June on record.

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The drought could soon cause problems for the foundations of people’s homes.

“Oh, the foundation, you can see it’s cracked,” Jackson said. “This is from last year when it was hot. Many of the houses around here are having their foundations being worked on. They have their houses jacked up and repaired because the ground has changed from the heat and is sinking into the ground. “

“Clay as soil, if it doesn’t get moisture, it tends to dry out, it tends to shrink,” said Ronald Kaiser, a professor at Texas A&M University. “With this shrinkage, it can lead to foundation problems around the houses.”

Kaiser gives advice on how to get through the drought.

“If the drought continues and it gets worse, you need to apply that minimum amount of water to your landscape to keep it in a survival mode,” Kaiser said. “It might turn brown, it might look ugly, but you want to at least make sure the plants will survive and thrive if we get adequate water.”

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