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    Texas Drought could last until 2020!

    Last updated 7 years ago

    According to Mike Drago's article in The Dallas Morning News, Texas could be suffering from this drought a lot longer than we expected too.

    "A weather expert at Texas A&M says this blasted drought isn't anywhere close to over. In fact, it could be us until 2020, or longer.? The weatherman, state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon, says a new La Nina (an area of unusually cold ocean temperatures) has developed in the central Pacific over the past several weeks. We can thank another La Nina for the record stretch we're in now."

    To read the article in its entirety, click here.

    With an end nowhere in sight, I guess it might be best to start thinking about a landscape redesign. Rocks, and cacti, that pretty stuff seems doomed!

    If your foundation has suffered through this Texas drought too, give Structured Foundation Repair a call today! (972) 484-1200

    More Great Info from Structured Foundation Repairs!

    Last updated 7 years ago

    If you’d like to learn more about foundation repair and maintenance, then take a look at these helpful websites and articles. Contact the foundation repair and drainage correction professionals at Structured Foundation Repairs. Call (972) 484-1200 today.

    • Foundation damage throughout Texas is often caused by expansive soil. Read this page from to learn more.
    • There are a number of different foundation types that your home can be built on. To learn about the differences, visit this page from Raised Floor Living.
    • For more information about pile foundations, visit this helpful page from Structured Foundation's Website.
    • Take a look at this article from House Logic to learn about some of the signs of drainage related foundation problems.
    • While too much water near your foundation can be disastrous, too little water can be just as bad. Take a look at this blog post to learn more.

    What Can Happen to a Structure that has Poor Drainage?

    Last updated 7 years ago

    In nature, water can gradually wear away some of the hardest rocks and minerals in its path. The same rule applies to homes and buildings, but the effects can be much more costly. When foundations are exposed to large amounts of water, they can become severely damaged and, in some cases, irreparable. Drainage correction is extremely important to protecting foundations and the buildings they support. Here are some common consequences of poor drainage.

     1. Water Exposure from Downspouts

    One example of poor drainage is a poorly designed or installed gutter and downspout system. If downspouts are positioned improperly, then they may release water directly to the foundation and along the sides of the house. For every inch of rain on your roof, your downspouts may be releasing over 600 gallons of water directly to your home. Downspouts should be positioned away from the home and allow drain water to escape safely.

     2. Damage from Expansive Soil

    Texas is known for having expansive soil that absorbs water very rapidly. While many soil-related foundation problems can be avoided with proper construction, allowing water to infiltrate expansive soil around your home is inadvisable. This causes the soil to expand and contract, which can cause cracking throughout the foundation and the home’s interior. Preventing unusually high water content in expansive soil through drainage correction can prevent excessive foundation and structural damage.

     3. Damaged Landscaping

    Improper drainage also causes easily visible aesthetic damage to your home’s yard and landscaping. In addition to pushing large amounts of mulch and dirt out of their original spots, uncontrolled drainage may also cause overwatering, which can lead to root diseases, fungus growth, and plant death.

     4. Aesthetic and Structural Damage

    When a foundation is damaged by poor drainage, its supported structure is directly affected. Damaged foundation can cause a home to shift, lean, and sink into the ground. Cracks can appear on exterior and interior walls, and in the worst case scenario, portions of the building could collapse.

    To learn more about the importance of proper drainage and drainage correction, contact Structured Foundation Repairs. We specialize in all types of drainage correction services and foundation repairs. Call (972) 484-1200 today.

    Foundation: What are Pilings?

    Last updated 7 years ago

    Foundation repair strategies vary dramatically depending on the type of building, the soil condition, and the type of foundation your home, commercial, or industrial building utilizes. Of the many different foundation materials available, pilings are the most commonly used. Here’s a look at pile foundations and foundation repair.

    • Pilings are one of the most fundamental components of foundation repair and construction. In essence, they work the same way that piers do in pier and beam foundation. However, there are a few primary differences between piers and pilings. While piers are typically constructed in place, pilings are fabricated off site. Additionally, piers can be made from wood, brick, or concrete, while pilings are only made from concrete and steel.
    • Pilings are available in several different configurations. Concrete pilings are the most commonly used and are cylindrical in shape. Steel pilings are also fairly common, but can be cylindrical, square, or H- and X-shaped. Hollow pilings are sometimes filled with concrete to enhance their strength, but can also be used independently.
    • Pilings can be installed in many different ways depending on space availability and piling size. While larger pilings are typically driven with large diesel hammers, static installation is preferred in foundation repair applications. In these scenarios, piles are installed in smaller sections and driven into the ground using a jack. As pilings are pushed further underground, they eventually reach soil that is stable enough to support the weight of the building, known as the point of refusal. At this point, the pile is ready to support the weight of the structure.

    To learn more about concrete or steel pressed pilings, contact the foundation repair experts at Structured Foundation Repairs. We specialize in all types of residential and commercial foundation, including piling installation, pier and beam foundations, mudjacking, and drainage correction. Call (972) 484-1200 to learn more about our services.

    A Happy Customer from Structured Foundation Repair!

    Last updated 7 years ago

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