Droughts are hard on the home foundation, no question about it. I was looking at a map from the US National Weather Service that showed almost a third of the country in drought conditions that range from “excessively dry” to “exceptional drought.” Not good. And to make matters worse, many areas included in the drought […]
There are 7 common mistakes homeowners make in maintaining their concrete slab foundations that sit on heavy clay soils. First, not having soaker hoses.
You know a drought is taking its toll on the slab foundation in your area when the local television news is running stories on how busy foundation repair companies are. While some parts of the U.S. are finally drying out after record flooding this spring, other parts of the country including Texas are experiencing record […]
The following is a recreation of a conversation between me and a neighbor when I first moved here. His name is Ed and he is wearing a ball cap and a Dallas Cowboys T-shirt. Me: “What are those black hoses I see around your house?” Ed: “Soaker hose. Water foundation.” Me: “Excuse me, what?” […]
The three most common ways of underpinning a home foundation in need of repair are steel piers, pre-cast concrete cylinders (or push piers) and the drilled bell bottom piers. Each method has it’s pros and cons and affects the cost of foundation repair. Steel piers can be shoved into the ground deeper than concrete cylinders […]