Brick Separation Around Outdoor Walls.
Take a walk around the house and check; do you see any cracks in or between the bricks? While sometimes these can be purely cosmetic, most of the time cracks are an indication of foundation settling and shifting under your walls.
A fireplace with a chimney on the outside wall is a good place to start looking. Another place to look for separation is around your slab perimeter and around the windows or doors frames. We are including some examples of issues we have fixed in the past. Let us know if we can help with any evaluation of your current situation.
Remember, there is no commitment for our expert opinion so you can make an informed decision. Don’t panic, we have fixed them all over the last 30 years and we can help you as well.
We have uploaded the pictures to Pinterest as well: http://www.pinterest.com/foundationsDFW/cracks-showing-between-bricks/
And on our YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/prsX13vzVsE
Fracking or Not Fracking? Is your home foundation in danger due to this technique used to extract underground gas?
The science is divided on the issue. Like on most other issues, from global warning to bigfoot, you will always find one scientist on one side and another scientist of the other of the issue.
As you would expect, the businesses doing the fracking are adamant that there is no proof that fracking is causing any increases in local earthquakes or much less an increase of foundation problems for residents leaving near the fracking sites.
However, the homeowners leaving with the sudden increase in slab and sheet rock cracking, have associated the foundation damage with the beginning of the fracking activity in the areas near them.
Fracking is short for “hydraulic fracturing” and as the name implies, liquids are used to fraction masses of land and rocks in the soil to release and capture natural gas. Now, without getting too technical, some geologists swear that the fracking is happening to deep in the soil for anyone to notice, while others are saying that the increase in ground shifting is directly related to such activity. It would not take a long leap to see how that could be true.
In the meantime, the city of Denton could make news by becoming the FIRST town in Texas to ban fracking all together. Denton sits right on top of the Barnett Shale, believed to be one of the largest natural gas reserves in U.S. If the ban takes place, the currently operating 275 wells would continue to operate but no new ones or re-activation of old ones would be allowed.
Some opponents are hopeful that the ban will stop the drilling, in same cases, [...]
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.
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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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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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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 [...]
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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
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.
3767 Forest Ln, Dallas, TX 75244