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    The Effects of Drought in Texas

    Last updated 4 years ago

    This year, drought conditions are entering their third year of affecting the Texas landscape. Drought affects many far-reaching changes in the environment, and these changes are being felt throughout the state.

    This video explains that much of Texas is suffering from severe or extreme drought conditions. For the second year in a row, the Lower Colorado River Authority has prioritized water reservoirs for city use while cutting off many farmers. If these conditions continue, water usage next year will be restricted to absolute necessities, and more industries may suffer from a lack of water. 

    The Texas drought could be putting your home and foundation at risk. Contact Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. for a free home inspection by calling (972) 484-1200. You can learn more about the effects of drought on your foundation and how the damage can be repaired on our website.

    Drought Quick Facts

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Drought causes the soil around your home to pull away from your foundation, putting your home’s structure at risk. Homes built on clay soil are at the highest risk because this type of soil expands and contracts significantly with changes in temperature and moisture. Watering your foundation provides the soil around your home with the moisture it needs to prevent recession. Purchase a soaker hose from a garden or home supply store and set the hose around the perimeter of your home. Leave at least a foot between the hose and your foundation, as watering too close to the foundation will cause flooding and damage. Run the water for about fifteen minutes twice a day approximately two or three days a week. Periodically inspect your foundation to check for areas where the soil has pulled away. If these areas are shrinking, you are providing adequate moisture. If the divide is growing, you should water more often. 

    Do you have more questions about protecting or repairing your home’s foundation during the Texas drought? Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. has the expertise you need to protect your home. Click on our web contact form or call (972) 484-1200 to reach us

    Top Reasons Foundations Fail

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Foundation failure puts your home and your family at risk. A home’s foundation may fail for many reasons, ranging from improper construction to weather conditions that affect your soil. If your foundation is failing, Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. can help you assess the situation and provide the best option for repair.

    Poor Construction Techniques

    During home construction, the foundation should be laid as one continuous pour, rather than taking multiple days to complete this process. A pour that is interrupted will have “cold joints” that create weak points in the foundation. After the concrete has been laid, it should be allowed to dry slowly for three days. Improper drying techniques may also lead to weak points in a foundation that fail later on. Additionally, if your home’s foundation was laid over soil or rock that was not sufficiently compacted prior to pouring, a significant amount of home settling may occur long after the fact. 

    Improper Drainage

    Clogged gutters or poorly-placed downspouts don’t properly funnel water away from your home. Water that pools around your foundation affects the soil supporting your home, causing shifting and settling. Any cracks that form in your foundation allow moisture into your home and can cause further damage to the foundation as time goes on.

    Weather Conditions

    Prolonged drought has a significant effect on the soil and plants around your home. Expansive clay can experience large changes under drought conditions, pulling away from your home. Without the support of the surrounding soil, your home’s foundation settles and cracks. Tree roots questing for water in dry conditions can also breach your foundation, causing cracks that allow settling as well as soil and moisture to enter your home.

    A failing foundation is cause for concern, but repairs can be made to prevent further damage to your home. If you believe your foundation is failing, schedule a free home inspection from Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. by calling (972) 484-1200. We proudly offer foundation and drainage solutions to restore your home’s structural safety and equity. Click through our blog to learn more about foundations and why they fail.

    How Drought and Extreme Heat Can Threaten a Home's Foundation

    Last updated 4 years ago

    You can readily observe the effects of a drought when you look at your lawn and landscaping. But did you know that the Texas drought could also be affecting your home’s foundation?

    Dry conditions and extreme heat cause changes in the soil that result in significant settling of homes. Settling causes cracks and other damage that threatens the stability of your house. Foundation repairs are needed to restore structural support and prevent further settling. You can learn how to spot foundation problems early and what can be done to address them by watching this video. 

    Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. offers residential and commercial foundation repair in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Call (972) 484-1200 today for more information or to schedule an inspection. You can find out more about home settling and the need for foundation repairs on our blog.

    Tips for Assessing the Severity of Your Foundation Problem

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Some shifting and settling of your home over time is normal, but when does movement signal a foundation problem? Learning to assess the severity of a foundation issue will help you to spot warning signs before significant damage is done. If you aren’t sure whether your foundation could need repairs, contact Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. for a free home inspection.

    Measure Door and Window Gaps

    Doors and windows that no longer fit properly into their frames signal a foundation issue. Look for areas where the door does not fit snugly into its frame. If you find gaps, measure them and make note of their size. While a gap of a few millimeters is not significant cause for concern, a larger gap or a gap that continues to grow with time means you should have a repair service assess your foundation. In addition to gaps in doorways, check the outside corners of your window frames for cracks. Cracks in these areas that grow over time are also a sign of continued settling.

    Monitor Cracks

    Cracks due to foundation settling can often be seen both inside and outside the home. If you have a brick façade, examine the outside of your home for cracks in the mortar. Foundation settling often causes cracks to appear in a staircase formation along the mortar lines. Measure these cracks on a regular basis. Any crack with a width larger than half an inch is cause for concern. Additionally, check your basement or crawlspace if you have one for cracks in the concrete walls. Vertical cracks are significant cause for concern, and should be brought to the attention of a foundation expert immediately.

    The Texas drought continues to cause home settling and foundation issues as it continues into its third year. If you are concerned about your home’s foundation, let Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. help. Contact us at (972) 484-1200 or click through our website to learn more about our foundation repair service in Dallas and Fort Worth. 

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