It’s been mentioned time and time again in our blog posts how trees can affect the foundation of your homes. But remember this: trees are not the enemy. They cannot directly damage your foundations, as their roots are not strong enough to crack the concrete. These roots will often grow laterally with your home’s foundation instead.
BUT trees can damage your foundation indirectly, especially if they are planted way too close to your home. Their roots will suck out moisture from the soil, which can cause it to shrink. If the affected soil is beneath your home, your foundation will eventually settle. And if the soil gets wet again, it can heave and further affect the foundation.
You do not have to worry if the trees in your yard are planted a reasonable distance from your home. In case the trees are too close to your home, or you are already seeing signs of foundation problems, there is still something you can do. Let’s find out what it is in this week’s featured project.
From Roof Replacements to Foundation Repair in Frisco TX
A Frisco homeowner was in the process of having their roof replaced. The roofing company that was handling the job noticed the house was showing some of the signs of foundation problems, including expansion joint separations, tile cracks, and sheetrock cracks.
The contractors said that if they do have a foundation problem, the foundation needs to be repaired before the roof is replaced or else it would mess up their new roof. This is 100% correct, as we previously discussed in ,,another blog post. Foundation repair should always be done first, as the foundation moves everything attached to it.
The roofers referred the homeowner to us, who reached out to the team for help. After our inspection we determined that the tree close to the affected corner of the house was the main culprit.
We took a two-pronged approach to address the issue. The team installed 7 PT2 piers along with a root barrier around the perimeter of the front left corner of the house. These piers will lift and stabilize the house, while the root barrier will keep the tree roots from encroaching upon the soil close to the foundation of the home.
Installing the Root Barrier
Installing the Piers
One pier had to be installed through the driveway under the garage, but we made sure to do a great job square-cutting and reinforcing the patch and reinforcing the patch. This means the patch won’t be too noticeable and it would be strong enough to handle both foot and vehicle traffic.
The results speak for themselves!
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.