November 16, 2020

Installing a Root Barrier to Address Foundation Problems in Richardson

Most homeowners don’t really think that much about the trees on their property. If branches fall and other similar situations, insurance can cover it! But trees can cause other problems underground. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Well, it is definitely something you should worry about because your foundation could get managed if you aren’t mindful enough.

Tree roots can shift the soil unevenly and absorb the water quickly, negatively affecting the integrity of the soil beneath your home. This will then result in your foundation failing under pressure, with things like wall cracks and brick damage popping up. You wouldn’t want to let the problem get much worse, would you?

Addressing Foundation Problems Caused by Trees in Richardson

For this featured project, we serviced one of our former clients in Richardson. Our team had previously installed our state-of-the-art piers around the perimeter of their home, but we were concerned about a large tree on their property. We suspected that it would reach further inside the house and start causing trouble. Well, we finally got the call.

After our initial inspection, our suspicions were confirmed. The tree’s roots had reached the middle of the house, affecting the moisture and causing the foundation to settle. Luckily, they had caught it in time before the problem had gotten much worse.

For this project, we decided on installing a root barrier instead of additional piers. This is placed between mature trees and concrete foundations to prevent the tree roots from sucking the moisture from the soil beneath the foundation.

Effective Root Barrier Installation

The first thing we did was to dig a 30-inch-deep trench between the tree and our client’s house. Digging the trench also required us to sever the roots that were going towards their home.

We tunneled under the sidewalk instead of cutting it out and repatching it, which would have looked worse.

After digging up the trench, we lined it with a 30-mil-thick HDPE material. This material is strong enough that it won’t allow new surface roots to penetrate under the house, while remaining flexible so it will hold up forever in the clay.

We then trenched it back in and completed the job in only 2 hours to complete with a full crew.

As a responsible homeowner, you should make time for periodic checks on your house’s foundation and the trees on your property, as doing so can help add years to the lifetime of your foundation. If any signs of damage show, you should call a foundation repair expert right away before the problems worsen.

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.

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Steven Smith

Steven began working on foundations right out of college where he studied mathematics. Giving him a unique perspective in problem solving and the education to understand the more advanced math behind structural tolerances. This leg up helped him work his way up from part time sales, to foreman, to project manager. After working his way up, Steven took the plunge and founded PermaTech Foundation Repair. With a focus on delivering an unparalleled level of service, the company has grown by leaps and bounds under his leadership. Today you'll still find Steven inspecting and managing projects. In his free time Steven likes to travel. His fiancé and him are currently trying to visit all 62 national parks across the US. 
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