repairing foundation cracksA luxury home in Texas was left dangling off the edge of a cliff — literally — after its foundation eroded away on Wednesday, June 11, according to BBC News.

The home, worth $800,000 and built on Lake Whitney, southwest of Dallas, has been abandoned by its owners, who used it as a second home. Neighbors and onlookers have also been warned to stay away, a news.com.au article reported.

According to Mark Wilson, the chief deputy for the Hill County Sheriff’s Department, the land beneath the house began to fall away as early as February, and its owners noticed foundation and basement cracks and leaks. Since then, about 50 yards of the land that separated the house from the cliff have fallen away into the water, making repairing foundation cracks impossible.

“When they built the house, it looked like a safe area, away from the bluff. There is just a lot of the bluff that gave way,” he said, according to news.com.au.

While engineers determined that burning the 4,000-square-foot house would be the safest way to get rid of it, leading to the house being torched Friday, says Fox News, repairing foundation cracks in homes don’t normally require such drastic actions to fix.

Repairing foundation cracks, along with basement water proofing procedures, are the only surefire ways to prevent water damage to a foundation, research shows. You can detect whether or not your home needs a foundation repair if you see puddles or other signs of moisture in your basement.

Water proofing a basement helps prevent a home’s foundation from water damage, which can require expensive repairs. Water proofing basements also helps provide insulation to a home, which can help reduce heating and cooling costs. Repairing a cracked foundation is necessary to help keep your house on stable ground — and not on the edge of a cliff.

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