Your home is a major investment, and it’s essential that you perform regular maintenance on features like the roof, the HVAC system, and the foundation. Regular inspections of your Dallas home can help prevent small issues from becoming major problems, but even the most vigilant homeowners can be surprised by foundation problems.
S&W Foundation offers 25 years of experience in Dallas foundation repair of all types including traditional pier and beam foundation, as well as contemporary slab foundations. If you suspect a foundation problem with your residential home or commercial building, it’s important to get an inspection as quickly as possible to avoid unnecessary and extensive damage.
Foundation problems can torpedo the value of your home, and they can interrupt your business when extensive repairs are required. That hairline crack you found in the wall the other day won’t stay small for long. Don’t wait until your windows won’t close, your doors get stuck, and the foundation failure causes structural damage to your home.
Remember: Confronting Foundation Problems Early Saves Money
Foundation problems can occur in any structure at any time. Whether you are in need of commercial foundation repair or residential foundation repair, the one thing that you have going for you when a problem occurs is time. Unless you’re facing something like a catastrophic earthquake, the damage to your foundation will happen slowly.
Dallas does get the occasional trembler, but if you’re experiencing foundation issues, it’s probably due to some wild weather swings or excess moisture or organic matter in the soil. It’s quite possible that your foundation problem began a while ago, and the crack you noticed in the wall is just the first evidence you’ve seen.
As with most renovation projects, there are quite a few variables that impact the cost of foundation repair. You can reduce the overall cost of repairing your home if you tend to the issue quickly. An inspection from S&W Foundation to see just what’s going on with your foundation will determine whether it’s possible to repair a crack in your foundation and fix whatever it is that’s making your foundation shift.
It’s fairly rare that the entire foundation must be replaced, and most homeowners speak with a repair crew years before the foundation gets that bad. However, nothing is out of the realm of possibility. Your foundation repair cost could vary anywhere from a few thousand dollars to something significant like $30,000. Further, commercial foundation repairs could see high costs.
In the 1970s, home builders made a gradual switch to concrete slab foundations, so many people associate pier and beam foundations with older homes. If your house has a crawl space, you probably have a pier and beam foundation. However, some new homes also have these foundations, and they’re considered quite convenient for handling repairs of things like plumbing under the home.
Some of the common issues you may see with this foundation is a sagging or deterioration of the support beams. Sometimes, destabilization of the soil under an area of the home can lead to problems with sinking. Although the sinking may happen very slowly over time, it can eventually cause problems in your home like cracked walls and buckled floors.
Moisture and mildew are big enemies of pier and beam foundations, and if you’re worried that you have a problem with water or shifting earth under your home, S&W Foundation can diagnose the issue with an inspection. If last season was full of wild weather with precipitation and temperature swings, the changes could have caused a problem to develop with your foundation.
A slab foundation is a common feature in the modern home, but they’re not completely immune to problems. An expert contractor can ensure your home remains structurally sound for years, but forces like wild weather and the unseen shifting of earth beneath your home can cause problems.
Like pier and beam foundations, slab foundations can cause issues like cracks in your walls, bulging floors, and doors that get stuck shut. Foundation movement can happen so slowly that you don’t even realize it’s happening, but once you realize there’s a problem, it’s essential to get in touch with S&W Foundation immediately to arrange an inspection.
You may also see signs outside your home that something’s wrong with the foundation including cracked bricks, damaged moldings, and separation of the walls from the roof or garage door. While some settling is natural, too much movement and damage to your home can be a sign that you require a professional’s help to halt the damage.
Retaining walls are a common feature around homes and businesses, but they’re a structure that requires exacting construction and regular maintenance. S&W Foundation can assist with the repair and maintenance of any common retaining wall material including concrete, wood, brick, and steel.
Before experiencing outright failure and collapse of the wall, it’s important to look for signs of imminent failure. Some of those signs may include a tilted wall, crumbling or deteriorated features within the wall, or displacement of some of the wall’s panels.
If you’ve had a particularly wet season and the soil around your retaining wall has become saturated, the weight behind the retaining wall may have reached a point where it can’t provide adequate support. If you notice that you wall has started leaning a little more than usual, the wall could be headed for a collapse.
Your home is probably the biggest investment you’ve ever made, and ignoring foundation problems can become an incredibly costly endeavor. It’s important to get an inspection of your home so you can see what remedies are available to you. From traditional pier and beam foundations to modern slab foundations, we can diagnose and repair any foundation problem you face.
It’s essential that you don’t ignore the problem and assume things won’t get so bad that your house will experience significant damage. In addition, if you ever plan to sell your home, an inspection will reveal foundation problems, and you might not be able to sell the home without fixing the foundation. Contact S & W Foundation for all your residential and commercial foundation repairs today.