Victoria, TX Foundation Repair
Stabilicore has done many jobs in the Victoria area. No matter where you look most of the soil is expansive clay that can wreak havoc on a foundation. During times of droughts there are many times the clay soil in Victoria separates and cracks leaving large voids in lawns. Imagine these same voids under a home or business. These voids can cause weaken a foundation. When your foundation gets weakened with voids within time it causes a home to settle. Homes and business’ that settle it can cause visible signs which include cracks in walls, cracks in tile floors, sticking or uneven doors and windows and a cracking exterior.
As a homeowner in Victoria there are some precautions you can take to minimize foundation problems.
– Make sure your drainage is working correctly. It is a good idea to periodically check the drainage around your home or business. Make sure water is draining away from your structure and not gathering by a foundation.
– Providing consistent moisture levels to the outside of the house. A great way to provide the correct amount of moisture to a foundation is soaker hoses. Make sure to leave a consistent amount of pressure to the soaker lines. It is also important to know which vegetation requires more water such as trees and small shrubs. It is said that a large mature oak tree can drink as much as 300 gallons of water per day.
– Do not plant trees too close to the house. Trees do provide shade for a residence, but when they are planted too close to a foundation, they grow beneath the slab in search for more moisture that has not been affected by drought conditions. A good remedy for tree roots is installing root barrier between the home and the problematic tree. This fiber board has chemicals that do not harm the trees but instead deter the roots from growing towards or under the foundation.
The Type Of Soil In Victoria Texas That Affects Foundation Stability
Texas, also known as the Lone Star State, covers a vast part of the United States in terms of land. In this state you can find various types of landscapes including hills, flat land, beaches full of white sand and even rocky rivers. The one thing that all of these landscapes have in common is the soil that is located underneath them. This soil type is responsible for many of the headaches that property owners face in Texas, and this headache is foundation problems.
The Natural Resources Conservation Services has confirmed that there are over 20,000 different types of soil located in the United States, and Texas alone has over 1200 of these soil types. The soil types that are located in most parts of Texas, including Victoria Texas, are considered expansive soils. This is the type of soil that causes the most problems with a building’s foundation. Although this type of problem exists in every state in the United States, properties in Texas have a higher percentage of these foundation issues.
Expansive soils can cause more damage than natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes.
What Are Expansive Soils?
Most expansive soils have clay in them. The soils can shrink and crack when the weather becomes dry and there is a lack of moisture, and expand when there is too much moisture because the clay and silt mixture will not allow the water to escape.
Soil And The Pressure Of Water Can Create Foundation Problems
It seems impossible to believe that a substance such as soil can wreak so much havoc for a hard concrete slab. However, builders, foundation repair professionals and property owners can attest to the fact that soil can cause significant damage to a building.
What kind of damage can expansive soil cause, and how can it can be prevented or repaired?
The most common sign of a damaged foundation are cracks in interior and exterior walls. Walls can also buckle when the foundation has problems. When Texas experiences a drought, expansive soils that are rich in clay can pull away from the wall of a foundation. As a result, a gap forms between the wall of the building and the foundation. This gap can then be filled with loose soil, gravel and other particles.
Some homeowners may even choose to fill this gap in during the dry spell. Of course, this does not create a problem until moisture enters the soil. The material that is filling the gaps place extra pressure on the foundation while the soil is expanding. Since the balance of the moisture is not balanced, one side of the foundation suffers from increased pressure from the soil.
This pressure causes the foundation to break and crack in certain areas. When the foundation resists this type of pressure, it may tilt or begin to slope at an angle.
A property owner may think that this type of foundation damage is severe. The good news is that there are qualified professionals, like Stabilicore, who can make the necessary repairs to restore the foundation by stabilizing the soil that is under the foundation. They also show property owners preventative measures to reduce the amount of damage to the foundation.