The Lone Star State has such a broad range of land. Texas is filled with flat lands, rolling hills, sandy beaches and rocky rivers, all characterizing different types of soil underneath. The type of soil in these locations has a direct relationship with foundation problems. According to the Natural Resources Conservation Services there are more than 20,000 soil types in the United States and more than 1,400 of these soils are found in Texas. Most of these soils are some type of expansive soil that cause foundation issues throughout the state. Foundation problems exist all over the US, but being located in Texas can mean a higher percentage of having a foundation shift. Expansive soils can cause a greater financial loss to property owners than earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes combined. These expansive soils can cause many problems for your homes foundation in Texas.
Once damage appears in your home’s foundation, it’s your responsibility to hire a contractor to fix the damage and stop the problem from expanding. Neglecting the regular care and occasional maintenance of your foundation can result is catastrophic damage to the home. Ignoring a problem in your foundation gives the problem time to breathe a grow. A small crack can become a huge structural risk in just a matter of weeks, even days. Your foundation requires the utmost urgency when even the slightest malfunction occurs. It should be at the top of your priority list. Not to mention, the longer you postpone the foundation repairs, the more expensive they will become in time. If you’re in the business of saving money, then it’s best to address small problems rather than catastrophic failures.
Foundation problems are not only unsafe, but they’re also unsightly. Cracks and crevices in your foundation are often ugly and noticeable. It’s hard to mistake a chunk of brick or sheetrock missing from the surrounding walls. Problems with your foundation can actually have smaller effects where you would least expect them. Your doors or windows could become harder to open because of small cracks that form around the seal. As time goes on, the cracks will expand and cost more and more to repair. Cracks are never a good thing, no matter where they are in the home. If you spot a crack, then you need to contact a contractor.
What’s so bad about cracks? A lot of things. For one, cracks make the structure far weaker. There is a lot of weight supported on these walls, especially if the cracks are appearing in the basement. Over time, as the cracks expand, the wall will no longer be able to support the weight and they will fall. This could cost thousands of dollars to repair and potentially harm someone in the house. Some of these cracks can make it hard to maintain a level temperature within your house. All of the warm air inside your house now has an exit as well. If you notice the electricity bill slowly increasing, then it’s likely you have a crack somewhere that is letting your air out. This means it will take more energy to keep the house a constant temperature, especially with the Texas heat.
Are you not sure if you have a foundation issue? Here are some signs to look for:
• Cracks in walls
• Cracks in tile floor
• Sticking/Uneven doors and windows
• Cracking exterior
Stabilicore provides FREE ESTIMATES to help determine any foundation problems. Our process consist of two part polyurethane foam into your foundation though 5/8” drilled holes. The polyurethane foam spreads and fills in voids in the soil under a foundation to help lift and stabilize in problem areas. This process is fast, safe, and no mess. There is no need to stop every day work to get your foundation fixed, our process takes an average of 3-4 hours and the foundation can be used in the work area right away.