Arlington Foundation Repair
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Foundation repair in Arlington, Texas is a relatively common necessity as our local soil and climate can cause soil movements that put a strain on the foundational structures of buildings, and especially on the slabs so often used in Arlington and environs. We at HD Foundations have seen every type of foundation problem from minor cracks and soil erosion to whole sections sinking and whole walls breaking up. In our many years of dedicated service to the homeowners of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, we have learned well and mastered the techniques that work best for Arlington foundation repair, and we assure you that we ready to put our expertise to work for you and respond quickly to all emergency calls. We’re a Better Business Bureau (BBB) A+ rated company that will gladly answer your questions.
Typical Causes of Foundation Problems
Sometimes a foundation problem can develop because a house’s slab or basement was not properly poured or undergirded to begin with with properly compacted substrate, but in many cases, the problem is a result of the natural wear and tear of changes in temperature, moisture, and other factors. Thus, an older home is more likely to have foundations issues simply because it has had to longer endure the pressures of bearing the weight of the house and withstanding all the seasonal and incidental fluctuations of weather. Although all foundations will eventually need repair or fail completely, by promptly fixing cracks and re-stabilizing areas of foundations that have sunk, one can significantly increase the foundation’s life span.
Worn out pipes that begin to leak while hidden inside the walls (sometimes concrete walls) are hard to get at but must be replaced or repaired as soon as possible to prevent erosion of foundation cement. Clay soils of the Arlington region will expand and contract in sync with the outside temperatures and the soil moisture levels, and these changes can unsettle the foundation unevenly so as to lead to sinking.
How Tree Roots Can Cause Foundation Problems
While many do not think of tree roots as likely to cause any damage unless they somehow work their way into an existing crack to worsen it, yet the very trees that many Arlington-area homeowners appreciate so much for their beauty, shade, and invitation to bird life also suck large amounts of water out of the soil each and every day. Sometimes a large tree can take out 200 gallons a day, and several smaller trees could still gather 50 gallons. The expansive soil type in the Arlington area reacts severely to this drying out of the soil, and shrinks considerably, causing on average a three-quarters of an inch difference between the soil height underneath the house compared to its height around the perimeter of the house. Under normal conditions, the building is able to adjust to this, but under more severe conditions and when the moisture level of the soil varying greatly on different sides of the building, foundation problems can occur as a result.
Arlington Foundation Repair Methods
For smaller sinking problems, the method of choice is often slab-jacking, in which holes under the slab are filled in with grout consisting of cement, soil, and lime through small entry points drilled into the slab or wall. These drill-holes are positioned so as to be harmless and are subsequently filled- the do not weaken the foundation. The new filler, however, does strengthen it.
For more serious sinking, it may be necessary to use piering, a method in which jacks are used to lift up sunken areas of the foundation and then beams (piers) connected by steel to specially-designed footings are used to hold the slab in position. The footing is set deep enough in the ground to ensure it is not affected by soil moisture and temperature changes, and is well engineered to properly distribute the weight load.
We at HD Foundations are well-equipped and fully experienced to be able to fix all of your Arlington-area foundation problems, but we also can give you helpful advice on how to help prevent future issues, such as putting in a root barrier or changing your tree arrangement and irrigation practices. For help with foundation repair in Arlington, TX and professional advice, feel free to contact us today.