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    Last updated 7 years ago

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    • Just wanted to get back with your company and let you know that my wife and I are so pleased with the work we had done and with everyone that we met. The amount of work, and the time frame in which all was accomplished was unbelievable! Case was so informative with his visit to let us know pricing, pros and cons of the work to be done and... More

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    Different Types of Building Foundations

    Last updated 7 years ago

    Residential, industrial, and commercial buildings all require strong foundations to help them stay stable and secure. However, depending on the type of building, its location, and construction goals and budgets, the building may be constructed with different types of foundations. There are five common foundation types designed to keep buildings secure.

    • Slab Foundation

    Slab foundations are the most basic type of foundation. They’re created by laying concrete directly onto excavated land. At the edges of the slab, concrete is also poured to create the footings for the foundation. Slab foundations are low cost, straightforward, and work in any kind of environment.

    • Crawlspace Foundation

    For homes in areas where the frost line is shallower, crawlspace foundations are more common. These foundations are built with four walls that protrude from the soil. The walls support a series of joists which are used to construct floors directly above. This type of foundation is typically found in residential construction.

    • Pier and Beam Foundation

    Used in residential and commercial applications, pier and beam foundations are perfect for homes built on fairly unstable soil. Concrete or metal piers are driven into the soil below until they are no longer affected by changes in surface soil. Beams or joists are constructed above the piers and support the rest of the building, similar to the joists used in crawlspace foundations. Reinforced pier and beam foundations are ideal for homes that need foundation repair.

    • Basements

    In areas where stable soil is more common, basements can be built in residential, commercial, or industrial applications. In terms of functionality, basements are a cross between a crawlspace and slab foundation. They’re perfect for homeowners living in the northern U.S. who need a little extra space.

    To learn more about different foundation types, contact the foundation and drainage experts at Structured Foundation Repairs Call (972) 484-1200 to learn more about our foundation repair services, including pier and beam installation and mudjacking.

    Expansive Soil: How Does it Cause Foundation Problems?

    Last updated 7 years ago

    Buying a home is the greatest investment you’ll ever make, so it’s vital to make sure your home is as secure and structurally sound as possible. Unfortunately for many Dallas-area residents, this isn’t as simple as inspecting the way the home was built. Expansive soil is a serious issue affecting homes and buildings throughout North Texas. Take a closer look at what expansive soil is and how it can affect your home’s foundation:

    • What is expansive soil? As its name suggests, expansive soil is able to increase dramatically in volume. Expansion occurs because of increasing moisture content—as water is introduced, expansive soils can increase their volume by 10% or more. Expansive soil can also shrink very quickly as water content diminishes.
    • How does expansive soil affect your home? As you can imagine, constant changes in the volume of soil around your home can be very detrimental to its foundation. Fluctuating soil volume around and under your home can cause uneven shifting and settling. This can lead to cracks throughout your home, as well as substantial damage to your home’s foundation. Expanding and contracting soil can also change the amount of horizontal pressure against the side of your home’s foundation.
    • How can expansive soil be identified? There are a number of different ways to identify soil and foundation issues. First, examine the soil in your backyard; if you notice cracks or fissures that disappear when it rains, and then reappear a few days later, then you probably have expansive soil. Also look for cracks in your basement or on the foundation walls outside your home. 

    To prevent or repair foundation damage, reinforcing your home’s foundation is critical. To learn more about foundation repair services, contact Structured Foundation Repairs. We specialize in a wide variety of foundation repair services, including pier and beam installation, drainage correction, and mudjacking. Visit us online or call (972) 484-1200 for more information.

    The Importance of a Strong, Stable Foundation

    Last updated 7 years ago

    If the floor in your living room was deemed unstable and unsafe to walk on, then you probably wouldn’t think twice about having it repaired and reinforced. But would you make the same decision if someone told you that your foundation was unstable? Your home’s foundation is one of the most important components of your home’s structure. Take a closer look at why having a strong, stable foundation is so important:

    •  Protect the Entire Home: While homes are available in many different styles, sizes, and floor plans, they all share one thing in common: the need for a well-built foundation. Foundations serve many purposes, but perhaps most importantly, they are fundamental to the stability of your entire home. Without a strong foundation, your otherwise well-built home may be in jeopardy.
    • Resist Climate Conditions: Foundations come in several different types, but the characteristics of a good foundation are virtually the same. First, they must be resistant to changes in the soil around and beneath the home. This is particularly important in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where expansive clay soil is often responsible for foundation damage. The deeper your foundation is built into the ground, the more likely it will be to endure the issues associated with expansive soil.
    • Prevent Settling and Shifting: Foundations must also be resistant to settling and shifting. Houses that are built on unstable or poorly compacted soil risk serious foundation issues, including sinking and foundation cracks. These issues are usually caused by backfilled soil that wasn’t properly compacted or reinforced.
    • Retain Property Value: Given the challenging housing market, a strong foundation is the key to maintaining your home's value. If you plan on selling your home in the future, then potential buyers are going to be interested in a home that has a stable foundation that will last for the foreseeable future. Preempting potential foundation damage is a great way to save your home, save money, and retain your home’s value.

    For more information on the importance of a strong foundation, contact the foundation repair experts at Structured Foundation Repairs. Call us at (972) 484-1200 today.

    Leaky Gutter Causing you Foundation Troubles?

    Last updated 7 years ago

    Your home’s gutters are one of the most important parts of your drainage system. Damaged gutters can leak, causing water to fall against the side of your house or fascia board. This can lead to foundation damage, wood rot, and roofing issues that you may not identify until they are irreparable.

    Repairing a leaky gutter is very easy with the right materials. This short video from Ask the Builder will show you how to repair basic gutter leaks using adhesive and some cleaning materials. Each leak will only take minutes to repair and can save you lots of time and hassle.

    For serious drainage repair issues, call the drainage experts at Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. We specialize in drainage correction and foundation repair services throughout the Dallas Fort Worth area. Call (972) 484-1200 for more information today.

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