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Structured Foundation Controlled Watering Program

It’s summertime in Texas, which means it's time to start watering that foundation! During persistent hot, dry weather, it may be necessary to water your foundation as much as once a day. The amount of water required to keep your foundation stable during the summer months can be surprisingly large. Did you know that a single large tree can remove as much as 150 gallons of water from the soil each day? By keeping the moisture content of the soil under the house constant, foundation movement can often be stopped. Structured Foundation Repairs has written this article to assist the homeowner in performing a simple preventative maintenance program.

"The goal of a watering program is to maintain a constant level of moisture in the soil under your house. The best way to water is to place a soaker hose from one to two feet from the edge of the foundation. Placing the hose a short distance from the foundation allows the water to soak into the soil evenly. The hose should not be placed against the foundation. When soul has dried and cracked, water can travel along the cracks for several feet in all directions. If the soil around your foundation is dried and cracked, then water placed next to the foundation will run through the crack and accumulate at the bottom of the grade beam (the thick portion of the foundation that is under the exterior walls). In some cases, an accumulation of water in the soil, at the base of a foundation can cause the soil to lose some of its load-bearing capacity. If the soil loses enough load-bearing capacity, the house will sink into the ground. Watering should supply enough water to keep the moisture content in the soul under the foundation constant. If the amount of water applied is only enough to keep the surface damp, the watering program will not work."

For more information on this and other ways to protect your foundation, call Structured Foundation Repairs today! (972) 484-1200, or visit us online at

Benefits of French Drains

Ground water traveling under your foundation can lead to a number of long-term issues. If you’re experiencing basement flooding, foundation damage, or rainwater drainage issues, then drainage correction may be the best solution for your home. One commonly used form of drainage correction is the French drain.

  • Design. French Drains are very simple solutions to your drainage problems. French drains are essentially trenches filled with gravel and perforated piping. Holes in the drainage pipe allow moisture in the ground to collect in the pipe and be carried away by gravity to a sump or to another part of the property or possibly to the street. This keeps water from traveling under your home’s foundation.  Some properties are sufficiently protected with only one French drain, while others may require several.
  • Installation. French drains are used for drainage correction in a number of different scenarios. Shallow French drains can be used for diverting surface water that collects on your lawn. This keeps your lawn from becoming muddy and soggy. Deep French drains can be used for preventing foundation problems resulting from water entering the foundation’s walls. French drains can be used near your foundation to keep water from coming in contact with the foundation wall or it can collect ground water before it travels under your concrete foundation.
  • Prevention. If you notice excess ground water near your home or in your yard early enough, then drainage correction may help you avoid extensive repair to the foundation. French drain installation is sometimes used in conjunction with  foundation repair when both heaving and settlement are occuring at different parts of the foundation.

To learn more about French drains and other drainage correction methods, contact Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. We specialize in drainage correction as well as foundation repair methods, including mudjacking and pier and beam installation. For more information, visit Structured Foundation Repairs online or call (972) 484-1200.

All About Surface Drainage Systems

If water is collecting in your lawn or yard, then consider drainage correction and drain installation for your property. Water that stands near you foundation after a rain can lead to foundation problems for your home or commercial building, requiring more extensive repair. Surface drainage systems are one type of drainage correction you should consider for water-logged property.

  • How does the system work? Surface drainage systems are one example of drainage correction that allows home or business owners with poor land grading to remove excess water. Surface drainage systems are typically composed of a series of underground pipes. These pipes carry away water that’s collected through catch basins, which are usually 9 or 12-inch squares. Depending on customer preference, water can be drained to another part of the property, to the street, or into a basin for use in garden and lawn watering.
  • Where is it installed? Surface drainage systems are effective at capturing runoff from rain. If your home does not have the proper grading, then surface drainage systems can be strategically placed around your home’s foundation to collect and remove water from gutters and roof run off to prevent ponding.
  • How can the system be optimized? Surface drainage systems are great for eliminating excess water, but are often used in conjunction with other drainage correction strategies. This may include drainage grates that are integrated with your property’s driveway or walkway. They can also be used in conjunction with sub-surface drainage systems like French drains.


To learn more about surface drainage systems and drainage correction, contact Structured Foundation Repair. We specialize in all types of drainage correction and foundation repairs, including pier and beam installation, French and surface drainage systems, and more. Visit Structured Foundation Repairs online or call (972) 484-1200.

Enjoyed Reading out Recent Blog Topics? Check out These Other Great Resources.

Foundation repairs can be extremely difficult to do, depending on the severity of the damage. Here are some helpful online resources to help you understand what to expect when foundation work begins on your home.

  • What exactly is a building foundation, and what purpose does it serve? To learn more about what foundations are and how they work, check out this informative article from This Old House.
  • There are many different types of foundations used to build homes and other structures. For more information, check out this page from Home Building Answers.
  • Foundation repair can involve at least one of two common repair methods. To learn about basic foundation repair strategies, take a look at this page from
  • explains the different types of footings used to support building foundations.
  • Steel piles are the strongest, most durable type of pile available for foundation repair and construction. Discover more about steel piles at
  • Discover how pile driving hammers work in this article.
  • Today’s Concrete Technology online explains why prestressed concrete piles are some of the strongest piles available to construction and foundation repair technicians today.
  • Find a basic run-through of all the steps involved in creating a basic foundation wall at Google Knol.
  • Learn the history of concrete and its use in building applications, including foundations, at
  • There are a number of different drainage strategies that you can use to keep water away from your home’s foundation. Find out more about French drains at Tim Carter’s Ask the Builder.

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What are Concrete Pilings?

Foundation construction and repair involves the use of a number of different materials and tools. One of the most effective foundational support tools are piles. Piles come in a number of different shapes and sizes, but one of the most common types is the concrete pile.

Concrete piles are one of the most commonly used substructure components in all types of construction. They are popular in marine foundation construction, residential foundations, multi-story foundations, and foundation repair. Concrete piles are known in the construction and foundation repair industries for their high load capacity, resistance to water from excess drainage, ease of installation, and overall affordability.

Concrete piles come in a variety of different shapes, as do steel piles and other foundation repair materials. One of the most common types of concrete piles are circular piles, which are desirable because of their equal bending strength in all directions. This design minimizes the ability of the pile to flex and bend and maximizes foundational stability under the pressure of your home’s foundation, reducing the need for repair.

Concrete piles can be installed in a number of different ways, but one of the most efficient and structurally-sound pile installation strategies is pressing. Pressed concrete pilings are inserted into the ground by force until they reach the point of refusal, which is typically a layer of rock or rough dirt that is impenetrable even when the pile is being pushed in by a pile driver or diesel hammer. This ensures that the pile is deep enough into the ground that it can support the foundation of your home.

If you need foundation repair to maintain your home’s structural integrity, then concrete pressed pilings may be the answer. For a repair consultation, call the foundation repair and drainage correction professionals at Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. We specialize in a variety of foundation repair methods, including pier and beam installation, mud jacking, and drainage correction. For more information, call us today! (972) 484-1200.

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