Building on expansive clay, compressible fill soils, or improver maintenance around foundation can cause foundation settlement and movement requiring foundation repair.
Dallas is included in the semiarid southern region of the United States, where homes are more susceptible to foundation problems.
The “expansive soils” in our area have an active layer that shrinks and expands with rain and drought. The weather extreme conditions if not mitigated result in a movement of a part or your whole home, and this can cause cracks on the walls. The cracks on different areas of the structure are high stress points on the foundation itself, floors, chimneys, door and window frames, as well as interior or exterior brick or sheetrock walls.
Settlement can destroy the value of structures, and the longer you wait, the more the foundation will wink and cause further and costly damages. If you see signs of foundation distress, don’t delay and get the problem solved.
sOME TYPES OF FOUNDATIONS:
- Slab Foundation Repair
There are several types of concrete slab foundations, but the poured concrete with steel rebar and wire mesh is one of the commonly used in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. The uneven settling of the soil, improper preparation, poor compaction, plumbing leaks, no proper maintenance, or poor soil moisture can lead to slab foundation problems.
Movement of the expansive clay soils cause voids beneath the foundation and cause the foundation to sink. The ponding of water can cause that the soil expands and the foundation moves upward. The excessively moist soils conditions cause settling, sinking, cracking on the slab.
We raise the house slowly to ensure that we level it and minimize the damage and ensure that the foundation is lifted to a tolerance level.
- Pier and Beam Foundation Repair
Floors over a crawl space can sink, gag or settle for several reasons. For example, the columns might be too far apart, there are week joist due to moisture and week and root wood beams. The moisture on the underlying soil can lead to mold growth.
The pier and beam foundation has a process to where we also do the pressed piers around the perimeter beam.
We can fix the piers with concrete pad and bock bases
Replace rotten or broken wood beams
Re-shim with steel shims