Sidewalks and Foundation Repair

Can your sidewalks give you a hint?
Expansive soil is #1 foundation repairs causes in Texas. Sidewalk heaving is very often an indicator of the ground near your house shifting, swelling and shrinking. In some cases large trees and their root system can also lift and destroy sidewalks and foundations but the signs of roots protruding thru the concrete are evident. If you think a root system is causing the lifting, have a landscape expert look at your situation.

 

Watering, ground sloping and possible leaks in irrigation system only make things worse. If you need help figuring out the condition of your foundation, give us a call.

Premier Foundation Repair Inc.

 

By |April 14th, 2014|Foundation Repair Dallas, Uncategorized|Comments Off|

Foundation Failures.

Major Foundation Failures
Over the centuries, mankind has seen some pretty shocking foundation failures, from the Tower of Pisa the the recent Ocean Tower resort in South Padre Island. While the root causes may differ, in Dallas, the expansive clay is by far the main reason for a residence’s foundation to settle and crack.  As the developers of the major project of the Ocean Tower, the condition of the soil can not be underestimated. After it was all over, the developers sued everyone in sight involved in the project. Here is the crooks of the matter quoted from the lawsuit documents:
The facts are that the soil upon which the building was placed contains a substratum of expandable clay at the 120 to 190 foot level. This clay is also known as compressable clay and, as a result of Raba’s miscalculation of the piers necessary to support the building (Raba authorized 95 foot piers, after testing only down 100 feet) the building weight was focused on the clay stratum, which compressed, and allowed the building to settle. The settlement was uneven (differential settling) which stressed the beams and columns designed by Datum, and resulted in cracking, spalling and breaking of the beams and columns.
This is how this luxury project was pitched in the beginning:

Before the building was even completed, it started to lean, just like the Tower of Pisa, due to a 14” uneven foundation settling.

In the end, the the project could not be saved, or maybe it wasn’t worth saving after such bad publicity. Regardless, CDI was brought in to  bring it down in a spectacular implosion.

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By |March 31st, 2014|Foundation Repair Dallas|Comments Off|

Prevent Foundation Repairs This Spring

Prevent Foundation Repairs This Spring. -
Do yo know where your water is going? With spring just around the corner, Dallas will start getting, hopefully, some intense storms and water downpours. While the water is much needed in the region, too much water not flowing correctly away from the residence can spell bad new for any homeowner.

Before the storms hit, it is a good idea to inspect and clean the gutters and downspouts.  During the fall and winter, leaves and debris can reduce or completely stop the flow of thousands of gallons of water during the raining season.

People usually underestimate the amount of water displaced by a roof. Just 1 inch of rain over a 2,000 square feet home will divert over 1,200 gallons of water. That 1200 gallons of water should removed from around residence correctly by evacuating it far enough not to cause foundation problems. That is were the gutters and downspouts come into play.

Homeowners should make sure the gutters are not clogged or leaking. Once the water reaches the downspouts, the water should be released at least 4 feet away from the residence. Extension pieces (downspouts extenders) should be used to make sure the water is discharged far away.

The slope of the yard surround the foundation is also important as the homeowners should make sure the water does not flow back towards the house or puddles and becomes stagnant too close to the residence’s foundation.

The principal cause of foundation problems and associated repairs in Dallas, is a fluctuation of the moisture content in the ground. Making sure water does not stand next to the foundation is key to maintaining the moisture level as even as possible and preventing foundation problems.

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By |March 11th, 2014|Foundation Repair Dallas|Comments Off|

Planting Trees and Foundation Damage

Planting Trees and Foundation Damage.
Thinking of planting a tree this spring? Would you like to keep it from cracking your residence foundations? Follow these tips…

Most people think the principal reason a tree can damage foundations is related to the root system pushing and mechanically damage the foundation’s slab. While that can happen, and we have witnessed it in the Dallas area, a much more frequent issue is brought by how the tree affects the moisture content of the ground.

It is well documented and explained how the expansive soil of the Dallas region (and a good chunk of Texas) are the root cause of most of the foundation problems in the area… forgive the pun.

Expansive soils shrink and expand greatly depending on the moisture content in the ground. This is were a large tree can have a tremendous effect on the ground’s moisture content. Some trees will use and suck up up to 200 gallons of water each day!

Since nobody can deny the beauty of mature trees around the house, surely there must be a way to compromise and have trees without destroying your foundations…

Plant the tree away enough from the house. How far? At east, twice the projected height of the fully grown tree and even further if possible. Tree roots can grow between 2-3 times the edge (drip line) of the tree branches, so you can see how easy it is to have a pretty heavy root system under the house foundation.

In addition to foundation damage, a dense root system can also damage the plumbing around the house and cause leaks and blockages. If the roots cause a slow leak, the leak itself, if near or under the slab, will cause the [...]

By |February 17th, 2014|Foundation Repair Dallas|Comments Off|

Dallas Foundation Repairs For Over 30 years

Dallas Foundation Repairs For Over 30 years

By |October 10th, 2013|Foundation Repair Dallas|Comments Off|

Premier Foundation Repair New Website In Dallas

Premier Foundation Repair In Dallas New Website
 

 

After being on the web for over a decade and fixing foundations in Dallas and Ft Worth for over 30 years, we have just updated our website! We are very excited about the new look and ease of use. Please let us know if you would like to see any new features added. Thank you, PremierFoundationRepair.com

By |October 9th, 2013|Foundation Repair Dallas|Comments Off|

Expansive Soil

Expansive Soils

This great and very informative presentation covers many aspect of our soil in North Texas and all around DFW. This presentation was created by Dr. J David Rogers At Missouri University of Science and Technology. It is shown here with Dr. Rogers consent.

We are sure any homeowner will find all this information very compelling and eye opening in understanding the issue of foundation repairs. We believe an educated consumer will always be a better consumer. Thank you Dr. Rogers from all of us at http://www.premierfoundationrepair.com

 

 

 

By |September 19th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

Check foundation before even stepping in the house

Foundation Repairs and Inspection – New homeowners can check on the foundation before even getting in the house.
1 – Before even getting into the house, check for large trees or shrub growing close to the house and ask the homeowner if there are any root barriers installed between the house and the vegetation.

2 – Future homeowners should look at the ground and see if there are large cracks in the dirt or if the slope of the yard would allow for water to puddle around the foundation of the house. Ask if french drains are needed or installed.

3 – While doing the perimeter walk, check the brick walls, particularly around the fireplace and chimney structures. Look for separation and cracks in the bricks.

4 – While walking around, inspectors should look at the condition of the slab and also the driveway and walking paths around the house for signs of buckling and shifting.

5 – Getting in the house the inspection starts at the front door by making sure it opens freely without sticking. Continuing in the house, future homeowners should look around the frame of the doors and windows to look for cracks. Also, inspect any tiled floor since tiles will split and show any foundation shifting.

If you need any help or questions, get in contact with us:

Premier Foundation Repair Inc.
Premierfoundationrepair.com

3767 Forest Ln, Dallas, TX 75244

(972) 417-0823
(800) 705-7370 ‎

 

By |July 30th, 2013|Foundation Repair Dallas|Comments Off|
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    Dallas-area housing market hits an all-time high in first half of 2013 – Dallas Morning News

Dallas-area housing market hits an all-time high in first half of 2013 – Dallas Morning News

See on Scoop.it – dallas home news Dallas Morning News Dallas-area housing market hits an all-time high in first half of 2013 Dallas Morning News At midyear, some neighborhoods including Far North Dallas, Coppell, Richardson and Grapevine had less than a 11/2-month supply of homes…Premier Foundation Repair Dallas’s insight:Should you buy a house now? Maybe…. http://www.premierfoundationrepair.com/foundation/should-you-buy-a-house-with-foundation-repairs/See on www.dallasnews.com

By |July 23rd, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

Great job showing soaker hoses benefits

This is a nice .pdf with good visuals on why your garden will benefit from soaker hoses…and so will your residence’s foundation.

 

http://www.savingwater.org/docs/successwithsoakerhoses.pdf

By |July 13th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off|