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The Importance of a Strong, Stable Foundation

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If the floor in your living room was deemed unstable and unsafe to walk on, then you probably wouldn’t think twice about having it repaired and reinforced. But would you make the same decision if someone told you that your foundation was unstable? Your home’s foundation is one of the most important components of your home’s structure. Take a closer look at why having a strong, stable foundation is so important:

  •  Protect the Entire Home: While homes are available in many different styles, sizes, and floor plans, they all share one thing in common: the need for a well-built foundation. Foundations serve many purposes, but perhaps most importantly, they are fundamental to the stability of your entire home. Without a strong foundation, your otherwise well-built home may be in jeopardy.
  • Resist Climate Conditions: Foundations come in several different types, but the characteristics of a good foundation are virtually the same. First, they must be resistant to changes in the soil around and beneath the home. This is particularly important in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where expansive clay soil is often responsible for foundation damage. The deeper your foundation is built into the ground, the more likely it will be to endure the issues associated with expansive soil.
  • Prevent Settling and Shifting: Foundations must also be resistant to settling and shifting. Houses that are built on unstable or poorly compacted soil risk serious foundation issues, including sinking and foundation cracks. These issues are usually caused by backfilled soil that wasn’t properly compacted or reinforced.
  • Retain Property Value: Given the challenging housing market, a strong foundation is the key to maintaining your home's value. If you plan on selling your home in the future, then potential buyers are going to be interested in a home that has a stable foundation that will last for the foreseeable future. Preempting potential foundation damage is a great way to save your home, save money, and retain your home’s value.

For more information on the importance of a strong foundation, contact the foundation repair experts at Structured Foundation Repairs. Call us at (972) 484-1200 today.

Leaky Gutter Causing you Foundation Troubles?

Your home’s gutters are one of the most important parts of your drainage system. Damaged gutters can leak, causing water to fall against the side of your house or fascia board. This can lead to foundation damage, wood rot, and roofing issues that you may not identify until they are irreparable.

Repairing a leaky gutter is very easy with the right materials. This short video from Ask the Builder will show you how to repair basic gutter leaks using adhesive and some cleaning materials. Each leak will only take minutes to repair and can save you lots of time and hassle.

For serious drainage repair issues, call the drainage experts at Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. We specialize in drainage correction and foundation repair services throughout the Dallas Fort Worth area. Call (972) 484-1200 for more information today.

Texas Drought could last until 2020!

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According to Mike Drago's article in The Dallas Morning News, Texas could be suffering from this drought a lot longer than we expected too.

"A weather expert at Texas A&M says this blasted drought isn't anywhere close to over. In fact, it could be us until 2020, or longer.? The weatherman, state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon, says a new La Nina (an area of unusually cold ocean temperatures) has developed in the central Pacific over the past several weeks. We can thank another La Nina for the record stretch we're in now."

To read the article in its entirety, click here.

With an end nowhere in sight, I guess it might be best to start thinking about a landscape redesign. Rocks, and cacti, that pretty stuff seems doomed!

If your foundation has suffered through this Texas drought too, give Structured Foundation Repair a call today! (972) 484-1200

More Great Info from Structured Foundation Repairs!

If you’d like to learn more about foundation repair and maintenance, then take a look at these helpful websites and articles. Contact the foundation repair and drainage correction professionals at Structured Foundation Repairs. Call (972) 484-1200 today.

  • Are you unsure how to handle a wet or damp basement? Here are some pointers on how to detect the source of your leaky basement from the National Association for Waterproofing and Structural Repair Contractors.
  • Foundation damage throughout Texas is often caused by expansive soil. Read this page from Geology.com to learn more.
  • There are a number of different foundation types that your home can be built on. To learn about the differences, visit this page from Raised Floor Living.
  • For more information about pile foundations, visit this helpful page from Structured Foundation's Website.
  • Take a look at this article from House Logic to learn about some of the signs of drainage related foundation problems.
  • While too much water near your foundation can be disastrous, too little water can be just as bad. Take a look at this blog post to learn more.

What Can Happen to a Structure that has Poor Drainage?

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In nature, water can gradually wear away some of the hardest rocks and minerals in its path. The same rule applies to homes and buildings, but the effects can be much more costly. When foundations are exposed to large amounts of water, they can become severely damaged and, in some cases, irreparable. Drainage correction is extremely important to protecting foundations and the buildings they support. Here are some common consequences of poor drainage.

 1. Water Exposure from Downspouts

One example of poor drainage is a poorly designed or installed gutter and downspout system. If downspouts are positioned improperly, then they may release water directly to the foundation and along the sides of the house. For every inch of rain on your roof, your downspouts may be releasing over 600 gallons of water directly to your home. Downspouts should be positioned away from the home and allow drain water to escape safely.

 2. Damage from Expansive Soil

Texas is known for having expansive soil that absorbs water very rapidly. While many soil-related foundation problems can be avoided with proper construction, allowing water to infiltrate expansive soil around your home is inadvisable. This causes the soil to expand and contract, which can cause cracking throughout the foundation and the home’s interior. Preventing unusually high water content in expansive soil through drainage correction can prevent excessive foundation and structural damage.

 3. Damaged Landscaping

Improper drainage also causes easily visible aesthetic damage to your home’s yard and landscaping. In addition to pushing large amounts of mulch and dirt out of their original spots, uncontrolled drainage may also cause overwatering, which can lead to root diseases, fungus growth, and plant death.

 4. Aesthetic and Structural Damage

When a foundation is damaged by poor drainage, its supported structure is directly affected. Damaged foundation can cause a home to shift, lean, and sink into the ground. Cracks can appear on exterior and interior walls, and in the worst case scenario, portions of the building could collapse.

To learn more about the importance of proper drainage and drainage correction, contact Structured Foundation Repairs. We specialize in all types of drainage correction services and foundation repairs. Call (972) 484-1200 today.

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