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It is not unusual to see foundation problems in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, these are caused by moisture variations during cool wet winter or hot dry summers.
As soils dry they shrink and consolidate. A foundation usually settles during the summer months, especially along the outer perimeter. Usually the winter months are wet, so the expansive clay soils tend to swell and rise the foundation. If the soils get too wet, soil strength will become too low to support the load of the house and the soils will deform and the house will settle.
Some of the reasons for foundation problems in this region include:
Expansive soil: The soil in DFW Texas is predominantly clay-based, which means it is highly expansive and susceptible to swelling and shrinking based on moisture content. This can lead to movement and settlement of the foundation.
Drought conditions: Drought conditions can cause the soil to dry out and shrink, leading to foundation movement and settlement.
Poor drainage: Improper drainage around the foundation can lead to soil erosion and instability, causing foundation problems.
Tree roots: Large trees near the foundation can cause foundation problems as their roots grow and exert pressure on the foundation.
Poor construction: In some cases, foundation problems can be caused by poor construction practices, such as inadequate reinforcement or improper soil preparation.
Natural disasters: Severe weather events such as floods and earthquakes can also contribute to foundation problems in the region.
Cracks on walls
Cracks on the walls might or might not be a sign of foundation problems, these appear as a result of soil movements, even though these can indicate the foundation might be failing, some cracks can be only seasonal. The direction of the crack can help an experienced contractor evaluate it's cause. The direction can be vertical, horizontal, diagonal, or diagonal step. If your house has a crack that get's bigger with the time, take action. Foundation problems only get worst with the time.
This video highlights the signs of foundation problems, specifically focusing on cracks on floors. It covers the different types of cracks that can indicate foundation issues and other signs to look out for, such as uneven floors and doors that won't close properly. Viewers will learn what to do if they notice these signs and the importance of taking action quickly to prevent further damage.
Uneven Doors and Windows
All windows and doors should open with ease. If you notice some of them are sticking (won’t open or close easily), particularly if they are concentrated in certain parts of the house, it’s definitely a sign you should follow up on to avoid major issues.
A sloped floor sometimes can be easy to miss, especially if the slope is not very steep. If you have a hardwood or tile floor, you can use a marble or a tennis ball to help determine whether your floor is sloping. You should not be concerned if it’s a very slight slope, but if you can feel a definite slope while you walk, then you should have an expert check it out before it worsens.
If your chimney is leaning or tilting away from the house, you need to take action as soon as possible, this should be repaired immediately as it presents an immediate hazard. In the worst case scenario the chimney could collapse and fall down. We recommend to keep everyone away from the chimney, including pets, until repairs are made
Common Causes of Foudation Problems
Foundation problems can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor soil conditions, inadequate drainage, plumbing leaks, and more. If left unaddressed, these issues can lead to serious damage to your home or building, including cracked walls, uneven floors, and other structural problems. If you are experiencing any of these issues, it's important to take action and address the root of the problem before it gets worse.
Seasonal Weather Changes
weather changes can cause foundation problems. It covers the effects of temperature, humidity, and rainfall on the soil surrounding a foundation, leading to settling, shifting, and cracks.
When there is movement in the soil, it is very common to find broken water and sewer pipes. Broken pipes will cause the surrounding area to be saturated with water. Because these pipes are buried underneath the foundation, the only ways to get to it is by breaking the slab at the location of the plumbing leak or by tunneling through the side of the house. Either way, it is advisable to hire a licensed plumber. Substandard work can cause you more headaches later on.
Improper drainage is a common cause of foundation problems. When water is not properly directed away from a foundation, it can accumulate in the soil, causing it to expand and contract, which can lead to foundation settling and cracking. It's essential to ensure proper drainage around a foundation to prevent water from causing damage and to avoid costly repairs in the future.
When you have large trees around your house, the roots can potentially cause foundation problems. Essentially, the trees need water to grow so they draw moisture from the soil and, as stated before, low moisture content in the soil will cause this to contract and eventually lead to foundation movements. Large trees, have very large roots so if you plant these too close to your home, the roots may become large enough to go underneath the house foundation leading
Even though expansive soils cause enormous amounts of damage, most of our clients have never heard of them and those that have do not fully understand the magnitude of the issue. This is because the damage from expansive soil occurs slowly over time and cannot be easily attributed to a specific event. The damage from expansive soils is often attributed to poor construction practices or the common misconception that all buildings experience this type of damage as they age.
Methodology of Foundation Repair
Foundation repair is a crucial process that can help prevent further damage and ensure the long-term stability of your home or building. Whether you are dealing with cracks in your foundation, uneven floors, or other signs of foundation issues, it is important to take action and address the problem as soon as possible.
The methodology of foundation repair typically involves assessing the extent of the damage, determining the cause of the problem, and developing a plan to address the underlying issues. The repair process may involve techniques such as slab jacking, pier and beam repair, or underpinning, depending on the specific needs of the foundation. After the repairs are complete, it's important to monitor the foundation and implement preventative measures to avoid further damage. A professional foundation repair contractor can provide expert guidance throughout the process to ensure that the repair is effective and long-lasting.
The first step in the methodology of foundation repair is to create a floor plan. This involves creating a detailed map of the foundation and surrounding areas, which will be used to identify areas of damage and determine the best repair approach. The floor plan may also include information about the soil type, moisture levels, and other factors that can affect the foundation's stability.
The second step in the methodology of foundation repair is to take elevation measurements using a tool called a Ziplevel. This device measures the height of different points on the foundation and surrounding areas, which helps to identify areas of settling or other damage. By comparing the elevations across the foundation, We can determine the severity and extent of the problem and develop an effective repair plan. This step is crucial in ensuring that the repair work addresses all areas of damage and restores the foundation's stability.
Determine the plan of action
The third step in the methodology of foundation repair is to analyze the results of the Ziplevel measurements to determine the best repair plan. We will use the elevation data to identify areas of settling, determine the cause of the problem, and develop a customized repair approach that addresses the underlying issues. This may involve techniques such as slab jacking, pier and beam repair, or underpinning, depending on the specific needs of the foundation. By carefully analyzing the Ziplevel results, We can ensure that the repair work is effective and tailored to the unique needs of the foundation.
The fourth step in the methodology of foundation repair is to determine the root cause of the foundation problem and identify any complementary services needed to ensure long-term stability. For example, if the foundation issue is due to poor drainage, We may recommend installing a French drain or other drainage solution to prevent water from accumulating around the foundation. By addressing the root cause of the problem and implementing complementary services, the repair work will be more effective and ensure long-term stability for the years to come. This step is essential in preventing future foundation issues and avoiding costly repairs down the line.
Tacle the problem from the root
The fifth and final step in the methodology of foundation repair is to ensure foundation stability with complementary services. This may include installing additional support systems, such as steel piers or concrete footings, or implementing preventative measures to avoid future damage, such as proper drainage or soil stabilization. By taking these additional steps, the repair contractor can ensure that the foundation is stable and secure for the long term. This step is critical in preventing future foundation issues and protecting the investment in the property.
Start The repairs
Excavation is the first step in the methodology of foundation repair for certain types of repairs. This involves digging around the foundation to expose the damaged area and gain access to the foundation. The excavation process may involve the use of heavy equipment and careful planning to avoid damage to the surrounding landscape and structures. Excavation is typically used for repairs such as underpinning or the installation of new footings, and is a crucial step in ensuring that the foundation repair is effective and long-lasting.
Type of piers "concrete piers"
This technique involves driving concrete cylinders into the ground beneath the foundation using hydraulic equipment. The concrete cylinders are then attached to the foundation using specialized brackets, providing additional support and stability. Concrete pressed piers are a popular and cost-effective repair method for homes and buildings with foundation issues, and can help prevent further damage and ensure long-term stability.
Type of piers "steel piers"
Steel pressed piers are a type of foundation repair method used to stabilize a foundation that has settled or shifted. This technique involves driving steel pipes into the ground beneath the foundation using hydraulic equipment. The pipes are then attached to the foundation using specialized brackets, providing additional support and stability. Steel pressed piers are often used when the soil beneath the foundation is unstable or when the foundation is extremely heavy. They are a durable and effective repair method that can help prevent further damage and ensure long-term stability.
Type of piers "hybrid piers"
Hybrid pressed piers are a type of foundation repair method that combines the benefits of both steel and concrete pressed piers. These piers use a steel pipe for the lower portion of the pier, which is driven deep into the soil for added support, and a concrete pier for the upper portion, which provides additional weight-bearing capacity. The use of hybrid pressed piers can help address a variety of foundation issues, including settling, shifting, and cracking, and can provide long-term stability for the foundation. Hybrid pressed piers are considered by some to be the best type of foundation repair because they offer a balance of strength and durability, while also being adaptable to a variety of soil types and foundation conditions.
Installing the piers
Installing the piers is a critical step in the foundation repair process. Depending on the type of pier being used, the installation process may involve drilling holes, driving steel pipes, or pouring concrete. The piers are carefully placed beneath the foundation. The pier is then adjusted to ensure that it is level and properly supporting the weight of the foundation. This process may involve the use of specialized equipment and may take several days to complete, depending on the size and complexity of the repair. Once the piers are installed, they provide added support and stability to the foundation, helping to prevent future settling and damage.
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