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Tips for drought conditions.

When thinking of weather threats in parts of Texas, drought isn’t normally the first concern or worry. Recent rainfall statistics might suggest otherwise. According to the official measures, throughout the years of 2013-2104, it can be seen that Texas went through a very dry period.

The clay soil we find in and around Texas is especially sensitive to water changes. When water is scarce it’s easy to see the effect on plants and trees, but hidden risks to your home may not show up until after the damage is done.

The main problem or concern occurs when clay dries out because it can warp and pull away from foundations, leaving parts of your home unsupported and making slanting or cracking. Without the right preventive measures this can lead to all sorts of costly […]

Structural foundation repair in DFW area

Structural foundation repair in Dallas area
Structural foundation problems are a very common concern among homeowners today, especially in the Dallas and Fort Worth area, due to many reasons. One reason being the long periods of drought (with the exception of this past year, thanks to El Niño). Foundation repairs can be done with many methods, but the two most common processes of foundation repair used in the North Texas area are concrete piers. It is important that the installation of the concrete piers is done correctly to mitigate the effects of the very expansive soils found in north Texas.

 

During the processes of repairing the foundation, the goal is to make the structure level again. Also, to halt any damage that has already taken place and to stop […]

Save water, save money and save your house.

Would you like to save money and keep your home foundations from getting damaged?

The amount of water that comes off a residential roof is surprising it large. If you think of a 2,000 square foot roof, the amount of water that comes off the roof is around 1,200 gallons for each inch of rain. That huge amount of water needs to be displaced away from and evenly around the perimeter of the residence. This job is usually accomplished with the use of gutters and downspouts. Not having gutters is not really a good situation but having gutters that are not clean and free flowing may be even worse. If the gutters are open clear in only portions under the roof, the blocked sections will now […]

Can water damage foundations?

Water leaking under the foundations.

One of the most damaging forces in nature is water. Water can not be compressed (like any liquid) and will not relent pressure until it finds a way through. The Grand Canyon is a testament of the awesome power of water.

Water under the foundation of any residence is a recipe for disaster. If the water comes from a leak under the foundation (‘gray’ or otherwise), the homeowner may have a chance to file a claim under their home insurance policy. In fact, the only time an insurance claim would be accepted and help with the financial burden provided, is if a leak can be detected and proven to be the cause of the damaged foundations.

Other ways for water to find its way […]

Fracking and Foundation Repairs

Is fracking causing foundation problems?
There are two main arguments with the current rate of fracking in north Texas. Is fracking causing earthquakes? Is fracking causing foundation problems for homeowners?

Fracking is a technique used by the oil companies to maximize the extraction of oil and gas from the ground. This is not a new process but recently it has been used more and more in residential areas and very close to homes instead of being used in Texas’ open range. The debates have reached feverish heights with large amount of monies at stake. Recently Denton has barely passed a ban on fracking in Denton County. Many surrounding cities have taken notice and have developed grass roots groups trying to obtain the same results. In the meantime, […]

We are busy doing foundation repairs in Dallas

….sometime we are called to fix other companies attempts to foundation repairs. This video below is from a job site where we found previously pressed piers that failed and caused the homeowners to have to deal with the same issue twice. Rebars and concrete piers is what we use and they are the most reliable, studied and universally used method of providing structural support. Have you ever seen a bridge or skyscraper foundation built on pressed piers? Exactly.

The video below is from a different foundation repair job we complete. With a cracked slab the bricks had to separate. We finished the repairs and made the house look like the issue never happened. The homeowners were ecstatic… on to the next job.

Brick Separation = Foundation Problems?

When we evaluate possible foundation problems, one of the first thing we do is walk around the residence foundation to look for obvious signs of foundation shifting or cracking. One of the most dramatic symptoms are the brick separating along the mortar lines. For example, in this recent job we performed in Dallas (see below), the separation is very obvious. The foundation slab had a crack and the front of the house was dropping off dramatically. The wall before was on the side of the house.

After completing the foundation repairs with several piers, mud-jacking and refilling the slab to level conditions, we repaired the wall and regretted the bricks. Can you tell where the repairs were done? Yes, that is the same wall (just different […]

Winter Foundation Problems in Dallas

Is Dallas cold enough for long enough with the right conditions for this phenomenon?

Frost Heave –

Foundation damage due to frost heave was initially understood to be caused by water increasing volume (up to 10%) when frozen under ground and the thawing cycles that follow. The currently understood and recognized phenomenon is called ice segregation. Excess water is drawn from the not frozen area of the clay to the freezing zone where it crystalizes. The clay has to expand to make room for the added frozen water causing the foundation support ground to heave.

(SOURCES: USDA; “Development of a Frost Heave Test Apparatus,” by Russell D. Lay; D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs)

Some conditions have to be met for the frost heave to occur. In Dallas […]

The holidays are around the corner.

We are sure with all the things needed to get done before the holidays, caring for your residence foundation repair is the last thing in mind. But while working around the house and setting up the Christmas lights, you may take the opportunity to do a few things that will help you get through the season without negatively impacting your residence’s foundations.

Gut check. Gutters are the most important method or removing excess wafer from around the perimeter of the foundation. Most people don’t realize how much water is collected by the roof while it is raining. A 2,000 sq. ft. residential roof will collect around 1,200 gallons of water per each 1″ of rain. Over a thousand gallons of water for each 1″ of rain is […]