Water is your foundation’s main enemy, as too much of it will cause the soil to swell and shift. Excessive water isn’t the only problem though; you also have to worry about lack of moisture. Aside from affecting plants, it can also damage your home’s foundation!
When soil dries out, it shrinks. This then creates gaps between your home’s foundation and the soil, causing undue stress to the latter. Your foundation will eventually shift into the gap, which can lead to cracks, uneven floors, misaligned doors, and more!
To prevent the soil underneath your house from shrinking during persistent dry weather, you can keep it moist by watering daily. But how do you know if the soil beneath is too dry? What if what you’re doing isn’t effective, or will worsen the issue? And in the worst-case scenario, what if the damage is already done?
Shrinking Soil in McKinney Leads to Foundation Problems
A homeowner in McKinney was getting ready to sell their home. During the process, they noticed minor trim and mortar damage that they suspected were caused by foundation movement. Afraid it would affect their sale, they called us to check it out first.
After a close inspection, we discovered that the foundation did in fact move. The cause? There were too many trees that were too close to the foundation!
Trees might be beautiful and majestic, but they can cause foundation problems if they are planted too close to your home. Their roots remove moisture from the clay beneath your house, which will then cause the clay to dry out and shrink.
Foundation problems like this should not be ignored. Putting off the repairs your weakened foundation needs will result in additional structural damage, which in return will increase the costs of the necessary repairs. This will then reduce the property value of the house, which no potential buyer would want.
All of this definitely sounded like bad news for the seller. But we had good news as well—our PT2 system!
PT2 Installation to Address Foundation Movement
The PT2 system utilizes concrete pressed piling with rebar support. It is more affordable than our PT3 system, but that doesn’t mean it’s subpar! The concrete piers used in this cost-effective system have a strength rating of about 3 times the strength of concrete commonly used for the foundation of homes. And because they are installed to the restrictive strata layer beneath the foundation, they can securely support our client’s house above it.
During the installation, we were very mindful of our client’s landscaping. Our team was careful not to disturb anything: we removed any decorations that could break and targeted our piers to spots in between bushes so we wouldn’t have to take them out. For tighter fits, we opted to trim a few branches off, which will grow back in the future. We even placed a tarp under any dirt we pulled out to prevent it from mixing with the mulch or grass.
Our client can now enjoy long-lasting benefits from the strong and stable system we have put in place for them.
Want your foundation repaired? There is no one else to ask but PermaTech Foundation Repair for the job. Call us now!