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  • Why Foundations in Dallas Fail +


    WHY Foundations Fail in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area.

    Climate + Soil Type: Over the past 10 years, the North Texas area has experienced climate changes. Severe drought conditions, interespersed with brief, heavy rains has caused imbalances in the soil.  Natural expansion and contraction takes place througout the seasons, but the extreme variances stresses even the most solid foundations. 

    Grading issues:  Most housing lots are not flat prior to new home construction and lots must be leveled prior to construction.  Unfortunately, quite often soil in improperly compacted and can result in erosion or recession over time.  

    Improper drainage:  Most homes are developed with a drainage plan in place.  However, there can be changes that effect drainage patters.  New landscaping (yours or your neighbors), poor gutter installation and general erosion can wreak havoc on a foundation.  Signs of drainage issues include areas of standing water which accumulates after a rain. 

    Plumbing System or Irrigation System failure:  Just like not enough water can affect a foundation, so can too much water. Leaking pipes beneath teh foundation or irrigation leaks can cause soil to heave or erode away.

    Tree Root/Landscape effects: Trees love water and as they grow, their thirst  for water can deplete the balance of water under the home. Overtime this can cause excessive contraction of the soil under the home, which contributes to foundation sinking and failure. Be cognizant of root growth when planting trees and shrubbery.

    Inadequate Construction/Failed past repair:  Unfortunatley, we often visit homes with f oundation problems that are the result of faulty construction. We also see many homes experiencing new foundation problems as a result of past foundation repairs previously attempted. 

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  • Signs of Foundation Damage in Dallas/Fort Worth +


    Ten Most Common Signs of Foundation Problems

    1. Sheetrock cracks appear or seams become visible inside the home.
    2. Doors and windows stick or stop working properly.
    3. Cracks become visible in framing around doors, windows, ceilings.
    4. Flooring separates, or tile cracks appear.
    5. Floors begin to slope or slant (often cracks appear.)
    6. Gaps or spaces appear at the top or bottom of interior walls.
    7. Expansion joints open up on exterior walls.
    8. Brick cracks or “stair-steps” appear on the exterior.
    9. Unexplained plumbing problems persist or become evident.
    10. Roof problems or leaking is discovered.

    Other signs include general unexplained cracks,doors or drawers that open on their own, unexplained noises in the framing and any visual slanting defects.

    If you see any of these signs, please don't hesitate to contact us for an inspection.  Delaying repairs only increases the expense of repair.

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  • Tips for Maintaining your Dallas/Fort Worth Foundation +


    Tips for Maintaining Your Home’s Foundation

    • Monitor Drainage: It is important to review the drainage pattern around your home during rains. This will give you a great idea about where water is standing and needing to be channeled. Adding gutters and/or extra drainage to your home are both always in the best interests of the foundation.
    • Balance Grading: Make certain the ground, grass, or flowerbeds are graded away from the house. Balancing moisture is key and maintaining proper lot drainage is absolutely important!
    • Repair known plumbing issues. Because most plumbing systems are routed directly through or under the slab, any plumbing issue can directly impact your home’s foundation. Have your plumbing and irrigation inspected every few years to catch hidden problems early. 
    • Plant carefully: Plant new shrubs or trees at least 2 feet away from the foundation. Planting too close to the foundation can cause excessive upward or downward movement, depending on what is planted.
    • Watch those roots: A little sapling can have enormous roots within a few years.  Installing a  root barrier may be needed if mature trees and shrubs are an issue.
    • Repair Existing Cracks: Any visible crack in the slab over 1 millimeter should be filled with mortar, silicon or another concrete crack sealing agent. These types of cracks may not call for full foundation repair services but their reoccurrence is a sign the foundation is moving. If these cracks are sealed, future issues may be avoided, but if they continue to form you should contact us so we can check the slab for failure.
    • Water, water, water: Water your yard around the foundation. Without natural rainfall, a home's foundation shoudl be watered on its perimeter at least 2 times a week.

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  • Useful Links +


    Useful Links

    Drainage information:                                   www.ndspro.us/

    Root Barrier information:                             www.ndspro.com/root-barrier/category-overview/root-barrier-root-control-and-damage-prevention

    Helical Pier information:                www.abchance.com/products/resistance-piers/

    Your homes Market Value:                           www.Zillow.com

    Your homes taxable Value:                          www.taxnetusa.com

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  • Pressed Piers +

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