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Drought Causes Havoc with Texas Foundations

Forty plus days over 100 degrees with little or no rain is causing havoc with foundations across Texas. The predominant soil type in Texas is clay. Clay, an expansive soil, swells or shrinks depending on how much moisture is present. When the weather gets hot and dry, the clay soil shrinks causing foundations to settle. When foundations settle beyond seasonal norms, they need to be raised and supported with piers (concrete or steel pilings).

What can homeowners do to prevent foundation settlement?

A homeowner's only line of defense against foundation settlement is to maintain the moisture content around their foundation as consistently as possible. That means a controlled watering program and proper drainage. As conditions around homes vary, it is important for homeowners to pay attention to which areas get more direct sunlight and which areas are more shaded as watering requirements will differ in those areas. It may be necessary to augment a controlled watering program with hand watering and possibly a soaker hose.

What happens if a foundation gets too much water?

While a controlled watering program is essential in helping to prevent foundation settlement, it is equally important to make sure there is proper drainage around your foundation. If there are areas around the foundation where water does not drain away immediately, the clay soil in those areas can swell more than the areas where the water drains away properly, heaving can occur. Foundation heaving is the opposite of foundation settlement as the swelling clay soil pushes the foundation upward. To prevent heaving conditions, it may be necessary to install Surface or French drains.

Call the foundation and drainage specialists, Structured Foundation Repairs, for a free, comprehensive analysis of your foundation. They will be able to identify if you need foundations repairs, drainage correction, or if the foundation is performing as intended.

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For more information on identifying problems with your foundation and foundation repair services, check out these helpful online resources. Call Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. at (972) 484-1200 for more answers to your foundation repair questions.

  • Foundations are important to preventing shifting or sinking of your home over time. To learn more, visit this page from the Foundation Repair Network.
  • For information on the different kinds of foundations, take a look at this informative article from Raised Floor Living.
  • Is your crawlspace damp and moist? Explore information on identifying issues with your home’s crawlspace.
  • Cracks in your home’s foundation may be indicative of foundation damage. Check out this page from Ask the Builder to learn more.
  • Damage to your home’s foundation can lead to a number of problems, including dangerous mold growth.
  • Have a wet basement? Your foundation may be to blame. Check out this page from State Farm to learn more.

How To Prevent Foundation Damage To Your Home

One of the most important ways to prevent water from damaging your home’s foundation is with proper land grading around the base of your home.

Check out this video to learn just how easy adjusting the slope of the land around your home can be. Did you know that flowerbeds near the home could be jeopardizing the foundation’s integrity? Find out more about preventing foundation damage in this full clip.

If foundation damage has already occurred, then contact the experts at Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. for excellent foundation repair services and drainage correction. For more information, visit Structured Foundation Repairs online or call (972) 484-1200.

Signs Your Foundation May Need to Be Repaired

Keeping your home’s foundation in great shape is very important to ensuring the longevity of your home and the safety of your family. But how do you know when your foundation is experiencing problems? Here are the top three indicators that you may have some serious foundation problems that require immediate repair.

1. Foundation Cracks

Foundations carry a lot of weight, but they are designed to withstand large amounts of pressure when the foundation is functioning properly. However, if your foundation shifts even slightly, then your home may settle incorrectly, resulting in a crack in your foundation. Whether you observe these cracks in your foundation wall outside of the home or in your basement, it’s important to talk to a foundation expert soon.

2. Water Collecting Near Foundation

If you notice pools of water or mud near the foundation of your home, then your yard has likely developed a drainage issue. Proper drainage near the base of your home is essential to preventing water from seeping underground and eroding your foundation walls. Drainage correction can help keep water from collecting near your home’s foundation.

3. Damp Basements or Crawlspaces

Your crawlspace and basement should be fairly dry most of the time. However, if you notice leaks, mold growth, or other signs of moisture entering your foundation, then call a foundation repair expert immediately. Leaky basements are not only bad for your home, but can also lead to a slew of health problems for you or your family.

If you suspect your home’s foundation is damaged, then contact Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. We specialize in all types of foundation repair, including pier and beam installation, drainage correction, and mudjacking. For more information on our services, call Structured Foundation Repairs at (972) 484-1200 to speak to one of our foundation repair experts.

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