Drywall cracks around doors or windows and doors that don’t fit are common foundation repair warning signals. In most cases, the problem is not with your slab foundation, but the soil under it. Moisture causes soil to expand and contract, taking your home and foundation along with it. What’s important to understand is repairs […]
Houston is literally a city on the move. The clay soil under most homes in our area expands when wet and shrinks when dry. This “plasticity” means your home goes along for a ride that typically leads to foundation repair. Soil plasticity is best demonstrated with the ball test: Scoop up and form a ball […]
Big problems usually grow from little warning signs. That’s how it is with your home’s foundation. A little crack here, a little crack there and before you know it: you’re facing a big foundation repair. Knowing the little warning signs along the way can easily help you take action before they grow into expensive foundation repairs.
Block and base foundation systems are the granddaddy of foundation methods in Texas. See an antique home rescued after a block and base foundation loses it footing to drought-starved ground.
During times of drought or plentiful rain, Houston’s Gumbo Soil will expand and contract, and in the process it takes your foundation for a ride. The traditional method was to use jackhammers to fix it. It was messy, inconvenient, and compromised the structural integrity of your slab. Well, there is an alternative method.
Texas clay soil can’t help it. God made it this way. It expands when moist, contracts when dry. The whole time, your foundation goes along for the ride. Watch an up-close look at how pressed-pile repairs bring foundations back to level and prevent future problems.
Sticking doors, cracking sheetrock and brick may mean there’s a problem with your foundation. Here’s good news: repairs may not be necessary. Find out how you can avoid messy foundation repairs.
Expansive soils, like clay in Texas, shrink and expand with dry or wet weather that lifts or lowers your foundation, which causes stress on your home. There are three warning signs to watch for around your home.