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As a homeowner, you need to be aware of the structural issues your home may experience, especially if you are in Plano, Texas. The foundations of the homes in this area are particularly susceptible to damage because of the nature of the soil in Texas. For that reason alone, you need to know the warning signs as well as the available solutions, including concrete piling repair.
Understanding the causes of foundation issues will help you detect problems in good time. The following compilation by Gordon Hunt gives a comprehensive understanding of what really happens:
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What causes foundation problems?
There are a number of different types of foundations—ranging from masonry to concrete to wood. But no matter the type, they all face similar stressors.
According to Bob Brown, author of “Leveling With Bob” and “Which Way Is My Foundation Moving?,” there are three main reasons for foundation issues:
- Deterioration of stem walls: A stem wall sits on top of your concrete slab and acts as the base structure to which other walls and floors of the house are attached.
- Foundation settlement: Settlement is how the foundation is affected by time and/or weather, causing the soil underneath the foundation to shrink.
- Foundation heave: This is when the soil under the foundation surges up over time (which can happen to compensate as other areas settle). Read more at Realtor…
It is evident that when the position of your home’s foundation shifts, it can cause a lot of problems. This is why it must be addressed before it turns into a disaster.
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One of the common and effective foundation repair methods used today is concrete piling repair. The following post explains what it is:
Concrete Pilings Foundation Problems
Concrete pilings are long columns, constructed primarily of concrete, that are sunk below ground to support a house’s foundation. Concrete pilings are not the same as concrete drilled piers. Pilings can be installed more quickly because there isn’t any curing (hardening of the concrete) time needed.
Within the concrete pilings are lengths of steel or rebar. These provide strength for the concrete piling as it supports the foundation and the home atop it. Concrete pilings often are used in areas that have expansive clay soils. States with notable expansive clay soils include Texas, Colorado and Kansas. Read more at Olshan Foundation…
The concrete piling repair method for foundations has been in use for a long time because it delivers reliable results.
It is worth noting that other repair methods exist too. The following post discusses why the concrete piling repair is one option you should definitely consider:
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Pressed concrete pilings are the most commonly advertised repair method currently in use in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Pre-cast concrete segments are more cost-effective than steel, and installation time is shorter. In areas where the distance to rock is greater than 100 feet, such as much of Houston, pressed concrete pilings are a great solution for foundation repair. Pressed concrete pilings rarely go deeper than 15 feet in most of the Dallas-Fort Worth area due to the high density of clay soil. In dry conditions, the soil is often injected with water to provide maximum pressed concrete piling depth, which equates to best long term performance. Read more at Steel Piers…
Basically, concrete piling repair strengthens your foundation by supporting it on the bedrock, which is deep in the soil. On the other hand, steel piling repair will be drilled into the bedrock to support the home’s foundation.
It is always wise to consult experts from your local foundation repair company, since there are so many options available, and choosing the most appropriate one can be a challenge. The cause of the damage can also help in determining the best solution. Be sure to seek professional advice to guarantee your home’s safety.
For more information about foundation repair and how to contact GL Hunt, see our page at http://plano.texasfoundationpros.com/repair/