Are your windows and doors misaligned? Does your home have uneven floors? Are there cracks on the exterior walls of your home? These are early warning signs of possible foundation problems. If ignored, you’d eventually have to deal with extreme structural damages to your house.
The most common type of foundation problems include cracks, upheaval, sinking or settling, sagging of floors, and damp crawl spaces. There are many possible causes behind this, the leading factors of which are water and variations in soil moisture.
But there is another culprit behind foundation problems that people don’t usually suspect: TREES. Tree roots, in particular, pose a significant danger to the foundation of your home.They can displace your soil as they push through in their search for water and nutrients, causing structures above to shift and crack.
No, that doesn’t mean you’d have to cut down that majestic oak in your backyard. So what can you do? Read on to find out PermaTech’s solution that will help you protect your house AND keep your trees!
Worried Homeowner in Plano Turns to Us for Root Barrier Installation
A homeowner in Plano called us to inspect his home which had minor signs of foundation movement in the sheetrock, expansion joints, and trim work. He feared that it may lead to further damage.
Based on our initial inspection, there were no critical problems that needed remedial foundation repair at that time. However, we observed a couple of worrisome patterns that suggested a developing foundation problem. His property had three large trees that were affecting the structural integrity of the soil.
An average-sized tree can drink approximately 100 gallons of water a day. The more moisture that comes out of the clay supporting the house, the more that area will settle, causing the foundation to become unlevel.
After a thorough consultation with the homeowner, he opted for a root barrier installation between the trees and the house. The root barriers will essentially remove the surface roots from the trees that are getting too close to their home’s foundation. This was a more cost-friendly and less invasive repair that could address the current problem.
We installed 3 root barrier systems for the 3 trees that surrounded his house. In doing so, our team had to dig 30-inch deep trenches. The act of digging this trench severs the roots and causes the roots on the house side of the barrier to die. After this, we placed 30-mil thick, 30-inch deep HDPE sheeting materials to prevent new roots from passing through the barriers and extending towards the house.
Tried and Tested Foundation Solutions
With our fast, efficient, and high-quality service, the project only took two days complete. This was possible through our three skilled crew members and one crew chief. To assure the quality, our project manager supervised the repair all throughout.
The homeowner was definitely pleased with our work. He appreciated how we maintained the condition of his grass and how we paid attention to his sprinkler system. One of their initial worries were damages that could be caused by the repair, but our team made sure to keep all facilities intact. Everything on their property was double-checked before finishing the project.
Different foundation problems can have different causes. At PermaTech Repair, we can determine the best solution for your home. Do not hesitate to call us! Our team will gladly assist you and give you a quote based on your needs. Reach us at 214-326-0718 today.