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French Drains – HGTV Pro

If you’re experiencing basement leaks, then it’s likely that you have a severe drainage problem in your home. Improper groundwater drainage is extremely serious and can lead to wood rot, mold growth, and foundational issues. In this video from HGTV, learn about one effective method to prevent issues associated with leaky basements—installing French drains around the perimeter of your home.

If you’re having drainage problems in your home, then call the foundation repair and drainage correction pros at Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. We can help you repair or install surface drainage systems or French drains to help keep your home dry and structurally sound. For details, call (972) 484-1200.

What to Expect if You're Getting Your Home's Foundation Repaired

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If your home’s foundation is damaged, then you should know that your home is in rough shape. As you probably already know, the damage is not limited just to the foundation—in fact, the reason you called a foundation repair and drainage correction company is likely because you’ve noticed other signs of needing foundation repair. Here are some things you can expect from the repair process in your home:

There are two basic types of foundation repair used today. The first is called mudjacking, also known as concrete slabjacking. Mudjacking is most effective in situations where voids develop under your foundation. The surfaces under your foundation subsequently sink and crack because there is nothing underneath to support it. Mudjacking simply involves filling in the voids underneath the surface with a special mix of cement. This forces your foundation back up and flattens the surface above.

The second method of foundation repair is known as piling or piering. In piling, long steel or concrete pipes, also known as piles or piers, are driven into the ground until they reach a level of soil that cannot be penetrated, which is known as the refusal point. After the piers are adjusted to the proper height, hydraulic jacks are attached to the piers in order to push up the foundation of your home. This restores the foundation back to its correct position.

One of the things that homeowners worry about most is repair time. Typically, foundation repair only takes one or two days, but it can take longer depending on the severity of the foundation damage. You won’t have to worry about damage to your landscaping, as these processes are only minimally intrusive. Within 4-6 weeks, you can begin making repairs on your home that were necessitated by the failed foundation, such as cracks in drywall and mortar.

Don’t wait until your foundation is severely damaged to call a foundation repair service. Contact Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. to learn more about our services. Visit us online or call (972) 484-1200 to learn more.

Differences Between Surface Drains and French Drains

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Having the proper drainage around the perimeter of your home is essential to preventing damage to your foundation and costly repairs to correct foundation issues. There are two types of drains that are most effective in removing water from the perimeter of your house: surface drains and French drains. In this post, we’ll discuss the primary differences between these two types of drains and how they can help keep your home’s foundation in great shape.

As the name suggests, surface drains collect water that is present above-ground and remove it from the perimeter of your home. These drains are designed to remove water that comes in contact with the ground so that it does not form pools on the surface, much like a bathtub or sink drain.

But what about water that travels under the surface? Ground water that travels underneath the foundation of your home can cause a great deal of damage. French drains are used to intercept ground water before it travels underneath your foundation. French drains consist of a deep trench, gravel and perforated PVC pipe. Ground water enters the trench and falls through the gravel to collect in the perforated pipe. The drains slope away from your home (or is collected and pumped away), carrying groundwater away from your foundation quickly and efficiently.

Because surface drainage systems and French drains are two different types of water collection, one or both may be essential to proper drainage around your home. Preventing the pooling of water both at surface level and removing ground water are both essential for a stable foundation.

To learn more about how French drains and surface drains can help prevent foundation damage, talk to the drainage correction and foundation repair experts at Structured Foundation Repair, Inc. in Fort Worth, TX. They specialize in helping Fort Worth area homeowners prevent and repair foundation damage that threatens the safety of their home. To learn more about their services, visit their website or call (972) 484-1200.

Structured Foundation Repair on HLTV

Texas soil is infamous for continually expanding and contracting, making foundation problems fairly common in Texas homes. But how can you tell if your foundation is severely damaged, and when should you take action? In this video from Home and Lifestyle TV, you’ll learn all about how foundation problems occur as your soil changes, and what you can do about it.

One of the things you absolutely should do is call a foundation repair and drainage correction company that can correct foundational problems directly as well as make suggestions on how to properly maintain the moisture content of the soil around your home. In the Fort Worth area, there is no better foundation repair company than Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc.  They specialize in repairing slab and pier and beam foundations in order to prevent huge foundation disasters. For more information on their services, call (972) 484-1200.

3 Facts About Steel Pressed Pilings

Pilings come in a few different materials and shapes, and can be installed under foundations in different ways as well. While concrete pilings are most common, steel pilings are also used regularly in both home and non-residential construction. Here are three things you may not have known about steel pressed pilings:

  1. Steel piles are referred to as “pressed” when they are pushed into the ground using a large piece of machinery known as a hydraulic ram. Using the structure as leverage piles are forced into the ground.
  2. In certain types of soil situations, hollow steel piles may be filled with concrete to reinforce the strength of the pile. This adds extra support to the pile in case there is increased risk of erosion.
  3. Installation of steel pressed pilings is very easy, and can take just one or two days for a piling job to be completed successfully.

 

If your foundation requires repair, then be sure to call a foundation repair specialist. Contact the foundation repair and drainage correction experts at Structured Foundation Repair, Inc. They work with steel and concrete piling to help return your home’s foundation back to normal. They also offer professional drainage correction services to help prevent foundation issues. To learn more about our services, visit Structured Foundation Repair online or call (972) 484-1200.

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