S&W Foundation has provided expert inspection and repair of foundations in Rowlett, as well as across the region, for the past 25 years. Your home represents an important investment, and it deserves regular inspections of its foundation, as well as swift action when foundation problems are found.
Additionally, S&W Foundation also repairs commercial structures and can assist with problems with retaining walls and foundations. The contractors of S&W have access to a variety of heavy equipment, and limited access poses no challenge even when we need to use our heaviest equipment.
The average home weighs around 50 tons, and your foundation may weigh around 7 1/2 tons. That’s an incredible amount of weight to support, and small changes in the soil can cause your foundation to shift. Often, the problem happens slowly, and by the time you realize something’s wrong, you require foundation repair and professional assistance.
Fixing foundation problems is important because a bad foundation can reduce the value of your home and make it impossible to sell when and if you make that decision. What looks like a simple crack in the bricks outside your home could be a sign that your foundation is shifting.
Remember: Take Care of Foundation Problems Swiftly to Avoid Significant Damage
Your home or commercial building will provide you with a variety of warning signs that something is wrong, and it’s important to be aware of these signs so that you can understand when a simple crack in the wall isn’t just a simple crack. A modest level of settling is normal in any home, but sometimes the settling or foundation movement can accelerate and cause structural issues.
Here’s what you might see if your foundation is shifting or failing:
Cracks in the walls: If you see cracks above doorways and windows, or they start to appear at the top of the wall where it meets the ceiling, those cracks could be due to foundation problems.
Doors and windows don’t close: If your windows start to get stuck and your doors won’t close easily, the shifting of the home’s foundation could be stretching their frames.
Cracks in the floor: If you have ceramic tile that sits over a concrete floor and you start to see cracks, that could be a sign of a foundation problem.
If you have a crawl space under your home, it’s likely the structure sits on a pier and beam foundation. These foundations were quite common before the 1970s, but they’re rare in today’s homes. One of the benefits of this type of foundation is that it’s easy to service features of the home like the plumbing and electrical system.
These foundations can develop problems over time and are quite impacted by excess humidity or buildup of water under the home. Over time, the support beams that run underneath your home become rotted because of mold and mildew, which leads to foundation problems. Further, the piers that run into the ground can shift and sink because of changes in soil composition and the water level.
In addition, problems with your pier and beam foundation may occur when the shims fail and allow the beams and supports under the house to shift. Repairing pier and beam foundations may require working with the soil under the home, or the beams might need to be replaced. Repairing a pier and beam foundation is quite different from the repair of a slab foundation, so it’s important to work with a company like S&W Foundation that offers experience in this type of foundation work.
Slab foundations are a common feature in modern homes, and they offer some advantages over pier and beam foundations like being less susceptible to flooding. However, slab foundations can develop problems and often start to shift because of issues with the soil underneath the slab. Movement and shifting are normal, and home builders take this natural settling into account when building homes.
Problems may also occur when there’s a leak in the plumbing where a hole or crack in a pipe has caused a slab leak. If a leak isn’t repaired in a timely manner, the excess water can lead to problems with the foundation. Errant tree roots, corroded pipes, and other plumbing problems can wreak havoc under your home.
Additionally, problems from above your head can also cause issues below your feet. If you neglect the gutters in your home and water seeps into the foundation from the roof, you could be looking at some fairly destructive water buildup around your foundation. No matter how the problem started, it’s important to fix the underlying issues causing the foundation problems, as well as repairing your foundation, so damage to your home doesn’t get worse.
You may have a retaining wall next to your home holding up some terraced landscaping, or you might own a business where retaining walls are in use. Creating a retaining wall that is sturdy requires knowledge of engineering, and they’re very stable under most circumstances.
However, excess water or heavy soil can work against a retaining wall that’s already under the effects of gravity. Even if the retaining wall isn’t that tall, it’s still vulnerable to wet soil and an increase in pressure.
The biggest factor in foundation repair cost is the age of the problem. A house that’s been sinking into the ground for a few years would probably require a much more costly solution than a foundation that had just started to exhibit problems. Keeping an eye on your foundation as you would with your roof and other important features in your home can keep your repair costs down because you can fix small issues before they become incredibly damaging.
One feature that can significantly impact the overall cost of fixing your home is whether the foundation problem has started to tear apart the frame of your house. One crack might not be that expensive to fix, but the repair cost of multiple cracks and bent window frames can add up quickly.
If you just discovered a crack in your wall and are worried about a potential foundation problem, get in touch with S&W Foundation for an inspection. We’ll diagnose your problem and find a solution quickly to minimize damage to your home or business.