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    A Look at Common Causes of Foundation Problems

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Foundation issues can be the underlying cause of inconveniences like creaky doors and sticking windows.  They can also lead to more serious structural issues. While most foundation problems can be repaired, it helps to have an understanding of what can cause foundation problems in the first place.  Some of the leading causes of foundation problems include: 

    Moisture Problems in the Soil
    Most foundation problems are caused by water, either too much or not enough.  In Texas, when the soil gets hot and dry, the soil shrinks, and then develops cracks that cannot support the weight of the structure, so it experiences settlement.  It then has to be mechanically raised and supported by piers.

    Conversely, if you have too much moisture in the soil, the clay can swell and cause foundation upheaval.  Methods of correction can include drainage systems and/or plumbing repairs,  just to name a few.

    Poor Construction
    When builders are prepping a pad site for new construction, they have to move dirt around. They either need to cut soil away because it is too high or they use fill dirt to address lower areas.  If the fill dirt is not properly compacted it is not uncommon to experience settlement in the early stages of a home’s life.

    The moisture content of the soil during the pouring of the slab is also important.   Average moisture is ideal.  If it is too dry, once it rains the level of moisture in the outside of the slab will be dramatically higher than the inside or underneath of the slab and it has the potential to heave the perimeter.  If you have too much moisture when you pour the slab, and then you experience hot dry temperatures, the slab may settle.

    A home that isn’t built with structural steel (i.e. rebar) is considered a sub-standard slab and has the potential to fail more quickly than a slab foundation that was constructed properly.

    No matter what the cause of your foundation issue, the experts at Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. can evaluate the property for free and prepare a repair plan. Our foundation repair experts provide slab and pier and beam foundation repairs for residential and commercial properties throughout the DFW area. To learn more about our services, visit our website or call us at (972) 484-1200. 

    Foundation Repair and Your Home's Plumbing

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Anytime your home’s foundation settles or shifts, it can place stress on systems throughout your home. When a slab foundation settles, the plumping can be damaged. Plumping can also be damaged when you attempt to correct slope during repairs. For this reason,  Structured Foundation Repairs recommends that a Master Plumber test your home’s plumbing systems, both fresh and sewer, before and/or after a foundation repair job is completed. 

    Here at Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc., we can include plumbing tests completed by a third-party Master Plumber before and after we complete a foundation repair project. Since the average job takes between 1-2 days to complete, you will be able to get back to your normal routine in no time. Call Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. at (972) 484-1200 to learn more about our foundation repair services

    Your Guide to Pier and Beam Foundation Repairs

    Last updated 5 months ago

    There are two base types of pier & beam foundations. Those with a concrete grade beam around the perimeter and those without.

    With a Concrete Perimeter Beam
    If a home has a concrete grade beam, the perimeter can be lifted using pressed pilings (steel or concrete).

    Adjusting Interior Floor Levels  
    The floors of a pier & beam house sit on beams (typically 6 in X 6in).  The beams are supported by “piers”.  These “piers” are typically either poured concrete piers, Bois d’Arc stumps, or pre-made concrete blocks.

    The floor levels can be adjusted by raising the beam off its support and adding or removing steel shims.  Sometimes supports (piers) need to be added or changed out if they have failed.

    Wood Replacement
    On a pier & beam foundation, it is often necessary to replace wood in the crawl space located under the floor.  The wood may be cracked or damaged due to moisture and/or insects.

    Ventilation Improvement 
    In a pier & beam foundation, adequate ventilation in the crawl space is required to minimize rotten wood and mold or fungus growth.  Vents and/or mechanical ventilation systems can be added to reduce moisture build up and stabilize humidity levels in the crawl space.

    Not all companies have the expertise necessary to repair a pier & beam foundation.  Fortunately, the employees of Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc specialize in these types of repairs.  To learn more about our foundation repairs services in the DFW area, give us a call at (888)459-6317 or visit our website.

    How to Prevent Common Foundation Problems

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Many people think that foundation problems only afflict much older homes. While time does play a role, foundation can fail for a number of reasons, and they can fail beneath new homes as well. Soil erosion, water damage, and poor foundation design are just a few of the most common causes of foundation problems. Although not all causes can be prevented, there are steps you can take to protect your home’s foundation. In this video, Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List, explains the importance of gutter maintenance in preventing foundation erosion.

    To learn more about common foundation problems and how to avoid them, watch this short video clip. If your home’s foundation is shifting in any way, call Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. before the problem gets worse. We provide residential and commercial foundation repair services throughout the DFW area. To schedule an appointment or request an estimate, call us today at (972) 484-1200. 

    What is the Good Contractors List?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    A lot of business directories open the door to every potential client and see how many stick around or make the cut. This means that most directories have no real liability, since they get paid whether you receive good service or not. The Good Contractors List (TGCL) takes a different approach to business directories. Because TGCL takes responsibility for their contractors and offer a real guarantee that the contractor you hire will perform quality work, they have to go the extra mile to make sure that a company or contractor is worthy of joining their directory. 

    Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. is proud to be a member of the Good Contractors List. We also have a number of other top level affiliations and memberships, so you can trust us to deliver quality foundation repair. No matter how big your foundation repair project is, no job is too big (or too small) for our experts. Visit our website to learn more about our foundation repair services, or call us at (972) 484-1200 to request an estimate. 

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