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Houston Foundation Repair
The prospect of foundation repair can be confusing for the homeowner but it can be made easier with some basic knowledge. Often homeowners receive volumes of conflicting advice and recommendations about how to repair a concrete slab foundation. However, there are really just 4 BIG questions for the homeowner to answer and this discussion will help with all 4 of them, including foundation repair costs. But first, an explanation of the primary cause of foundation problems is below.
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The Reason for Concrete Slab Foundation Problems in Houston
The reason homeowners in much of Texas and other parts of the United States are having foundation problems is two-fold. First, the soils in this part of the country have a high percentage of clay, which has the unique ability to absorb water like a sponge. When clay soils are losing moisture content they shrink in volume.
When clay soils are absorbing moisture content they swell in volume. So during the course of a year (or multiple years) the clay soils are shrinking and swelling, creating downward movement (settlement) and upward movement (uplift). This soil movement can crack and break concrete slab foundations.
Second, most residential concrete slab foundations that are built in Texas are “minimally functional.” In other words, most residential home builders use a minimum of steel rebar and concrete in the construction of residential foundations to boost their profits. The result is that most homeowners in Sugar Land can expect foundation problems when their houses are 12 to 15 years of age.
Other cities and areas of Texas can experience foundation problems from 1 year to 35 years.
The 4 BIG Foundation Repair Questions for Houston Homeowners
1) Do the Warning Signs of Foundation Damage automatically require a foundation repair job? Maybe. In most cases the structural integrity of the home is NOT threatened. Rather, the homeowner must deal with unattractive, cosmetic damage resulting from cracked foundations. However, these situations never get better and they usually get worse.
2) What is the best method of Foundation Repairs in Sugar Land? This question is easy to answer – it is the Bell Bottom Pier method. Unlike the cheaper methods, Bell Bottom Piers are PERMANENT, proven, and time-tested. Please check the page that compares the most common foundation repair and home leveling methods.
3) What does Foundation Repair Cost? This is also an easy question to answer after a home has been inspected. FREE foundation inspections and estimates are usually available to homeowners in most cases. The website page on the cost of foundation repair will give an accurate guideline on repair costs.
4) Which Foundation Contractor should I choose? A list of questions for contractors is provided on the “Compare Contractors” page. If the contractor doesn’t pass the “test” then a polite “no thanks” should be the response. It is always helpful to keep asking questions until a contractor passes the test and has established credibility.
Experienced contractors that are committed to providing the highest quality foundation support and house leveling are key elements in the contractor selection process. Bell Bottom Piersstand out because they are Permanent, Proven, and Time-Tested. Bell Bottom Piers cost more but most homeowners don’t want to “go cheap” when repairing their homes.
Do you see warning signs of Foundation Damage?
Call the foundation repair experts in Houston for permanent, proven, time-tested bell bottom piers.
Houston Foundation Repair: (281) 231-2701