Whoever created the famous quote, “Home is where the heart is,” spoke a lot of truth to it. Home is not just a shelter, it is significant to our overall well being as it should provide calmness and solace to oneself. Good ambience, peaceful atmosphere, positive environment all contribute to making a house a home. It should feel warm and cozy.
Taking care of a home is another story. It requires work, love, and dedication. You need to attend to every detail of the house. Even just maintaining its cleanliness can be a lot of work. You need repairs and improvements here and there, renovations whenever deemed necessary. Even a change of decorations and accessories once in a while is something we do for the upkeep of the house. To take care of the house is to keep the memories in it alive. We do not want it to be dull, cold, and unwelcoming.
Speaking of which, this week’s featured project talks about how our team fixed an unstable foundation and prevented disaster from happening to a happy home.
Installing a Root Barrier to Prevent a Foundation From Failing Further in Dallas
A homeowner just recently purchased this beautiful home in what’s called the “M-Streets” area of Dallas. Living in this neighborhood can give you small town feels without sacrificing the charming amenities of a big city. The large trees in the area offered the homeowner beautiful and enjoyable shade. However, our client had started to notice a separation forming in a room of their home closest to the tree, and that prompted them to contact us.
Our team conducted a thorough inspection and determined that it’s possible this tree was at fault. This room was an addition built on a slab, while the rest of the house was built on a pier and beam. Tree roots will affect slabs more than piers and beams. As they infiltrate the soil beneath your house structure, they will extract moisture and cause an imbalance of pressure in the soil, resulting in the damage mentioned above.
One way to address the problem without harming the tree and jeopardizing the house stability is Root Barrier Installation. The root barrier will act as a defense from the invading tree roots. We went with this solution and started by digging a deep trench between the house and the tree.
During the process of digging, we were able to remove an insane amount of roots. Then, we placed the root barrier into the trench to make sure the roots can no longer crawl underneath the home.
Aside from installing the root barrier, we also did some crawl space work. Why did we need to since the tree was the problem? While we were checking the main house for problems, our inspection showed that they did not reinforce their foundation when they added the second floor to the house. We were beginning to see evidence of the foundation failing. One beam was already twisting. Elsewhere along the beams, we were beginning to see the weight squeezing the wood.
To address the issue before things get worse, our team replaced 85 linear feet of beams under the main house and added an additional 15 pads and blocks. Doing so beefed up the beams and helped disperse the weight. This will save them from any foundation issues that would arise down the road.
All of this took only a day.
At PermaTech Foundation Repair, you will always get trustworthy services that can solve all your foundation problems. We’ll be more than happy to stop by, evaluate it, and determine the best solution. If you need foundation repair, we’re here to help. Call or text us at 214-326-0718 today. We’ll get the job done for you on time, on budget.