Being located in Central Texas, Austin has many different geographical areas and different soils that homes and business’ get built on. Austin also goes though droughts just like the rest of Texas. During the droughts in Austin clay soil can cause foundations to settle because of its plasticity. The soil swells when it gets wet and shrinks when it dries. This process can be from droughts, floods, vegetation, poor drainage and plumbing leaks. No matter the reason the process going from wet to dry works the weight of a structure into the grounds. This causes your foundation to settle leading to an unleveled foundation.
Stabilicore can help with unleveled foundations by providing a noninvasive process that takes on average 3-4 hours. We inject two part polyurethane foam into your foundation though 5/8” drilled holes. The foam spreads and fills in voids in the soil the help lift and stabilize a foundation. This process is fast, safe, and no mess. There is no need to stop every day work to get your foundation fixed.
The following signs are ways to determine if a foundation needs to be fixed:
- Cracks in walls
- Cracks in tile floor
- Sticking/Uneven doors and windows
- Cracking exterior
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Some Of The Ways Of Checking For Foundation
Problems In Austin, TX
Austin, Texas is a beautiful place to live and without doubt will continue to be. There are times during the summers though, when the Texas heat can become so burdensome, that it doesn’t seem possible that any life form could survive too long outside of air conditioning. There is another casualty that rears its ugly head in the heat, and that is the foundation of your house. A lot of the soil in Austin consists of clay, which tends to shrink when it is hot. This can cause the house foundation to move, shift and be misplaced as the soil contracts from the lack of moisture in the soil.
Things to look for are doors and windows that won’t shut properly, and that includes doors inside the house, like closet doors. Cracks and gaps in the foundation itself are tell-tale signs that something is going on. There may be cracks in ceilings and walls, and gaps between the floorboards and the walls. Hearing strange “wearing” noises at night or any other time, for that matter, would indicate that something is occurring that is not normal.
Many times, a shifting foundation will cause insects to come into the house with a vengeance. If you see a sudden trail of ants marching across your kitchen floor, that could be an indication that something is wrong, as they are coming in a new opening in search of water because of the dry weather.
One tactic to use in prolonged dry weather, especially for homes that are built on clay soil, is to water your foundation on a regular basis in order to keep the clay soil moist. This can help to keep it from drying out to the extent that it contracts, causing foundation problems to occur.
If you see any of these problems occurring, you should call someone to come to your home and take a look. An assessment will have to be made of your situation, and if the foundation is being becoming compromised, then steps might have to be taken to repair it and stabilize it so no more damage is done. There are ways and methods to stabilize your foundation so that further damage will not occur, but it takes careful evaluation and care in not only the evaluation, but the actual repair of the problem as well. Ask the foundation repair company for referrals from people who they have helped, and check the Better Business Bureau and see if any complaints have been made, and if they were satisfied.
Stabilicore has done many jobs within the Austin, Texas area. We provide a free consultation and can walk you through the different ways to fix and stabilize a homes foundation. Our team is also happy to provide knowledge from preventing future damage to anyone’s foundation.