A door that won’t close, a crack in the wall or a few misaligned bricks have you thinking:
Do I Need Foundation Repair?
Your home’s foundation keeps your house steady and secure as it supports an incredible amount of weight. If you suspect something isn’t right with the foundation of your home, it’s essential to get an inspection from the professionals at S&W Foundation to verify the existence of a foundation problem.
There are two common methods used to stop a foundation from moving. One method is called “slabjacking,” and this entails filling the void under the slab to push the foundation back into place. This method of repair has some advantages in that it offers a minimally invasive solution for repairing house foundations.
The other method is called “piering,” and this process involves putting supports under the foundation that prevent future movement and steady the concrete. A significant foundation problem will often require the use of piering, and it’s a common solution for large commercial building foundations.
Large buildings like churches, apartments, strip malls, and warehouses may have problems that mimic those in a residential foundation. However, one of the essential factors impacting commercial foundation repair is accomplishing the repair with minimal disruption to business activities.
An on-site inspection will reveal what method is best to repair your foundation issues.
For your Texas home, you’ll likely have one of two different foundations including a slab foundation or a pier and beam foundation. Houses with basements have a third type of foundation, but basements tend to show up very rarely in Texas homes.
If your home has a slab foundation, it’s usually a shallow foundation composed of reinforced concrete. As the seasons change and the moisture and temperature of the soil changes, your slab foundation may move. Foundation movement that’s more than the minimal movement expected by your builder can lead to cracks and damage in your home.
A house with a crawl space under the home is usually sitting on a pier and beam foundation that supports a wood frame structure. With this traditional style of foundation, you may eventually experience sinking of the foundation. Drainage and moisture problems can exacerbate problems with pier and beam foundations.
You may assume strange shifting or slanting of your home and its foundation is a problem within the foundation, but it’s important to understand the underlying problem causing a foundation to fail. It’s very often the expansion and contraction of soil that causes a foundation to shift. In fact, around a quarter of all homes in the United States do see some movement because of changes within the soil under the home.
When a building or home is first constructed, contractors know that settling and other changes over time will impact the foundation. They take these seasonal variations and gradual sinking into account during the initial building phase. So, it’s expected that your house will settle over time. An inspection may very well reveal that the settling under your home is natural and non-threatening to your foundation.
Tip: If you notice a hairline crack in your foundation, take a measuring tape and measure the length of the crack, as well as its width if it’s wide enough. You can measure movement over time and share your findings with your foundation crew during an inspection.
You may assume that foundation repair is a problem limited to old houses that were built decades ago, but age is only one of many factors for foundation problems. Your home might be just a few years old, but improper soil preparation or significant weather changes can cause foundation problems in a brand new house. Remember that foundation problems don’t fix themselves, and it’s a problem that will get worse over time.
In fact, if the problem becomes severe, you might be looking at fixing the following in addition to the foundation work:
A foundation issue isn’t like a broken wall socket or a crack in a window that can be fixed at any time. Limit the financial burden of repairing a foundation by calling S&W Foundation as soon as you notice an issue with the stability of your home. Even if the inspection reveals you have no structural problems or foundation issues, it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the health of your home. Contact us today for any and all foundation projects!