Top 4 Foundation Repair Mistakes Houston Homeowners Make

Houston homeowner with foundation repair problems
If you are a Houston area homeowner, doing a little preventative maintenance to your property can protect you from needing to do any serious foundation repair.However, if you find yourself in need of foundation repair, there are four common mistakes that Houston homeowners make. Here’s what they are and how to avoid them.

1. Not contacting A Foundation Repair Professional As Soon As You Notice A Problem

In the Houston area with the the climate and soil types, homeowners frequently experience foundation problems and you should not delay contacting an experienced repair company.

Damage to a foundation is progressive. The earlier you can detect a problem, the easier and cheaper it will be to solve that problem. When you delay foundation repair solutions, you risk much more costly future repairs.

Therefore, if you notice cracks in your exterior brick walls, large cracks in your interior drywall, or doors and windows that don’t open/close properly, you need to have an experienced foundation repair company come and assess your situation.

Once your foundation has been inspected, you will have a better understanding of the cost of repair and whether or not you can justify delaying repair.

2. Having Trees/Shrubs Close To Foundation

Having trees, bushes, and shrubs around your home can sure make your Houston home look beautiful. However, if they are planted too close to your foundation, they can cause some serious problems.

This is due to the fact that bushes and trees need water to grow and thrive. When their roots grow larger, they will make their way under your foundation and slowly start to seep out all of that moisture. Therefore, this drys out the soil around your foundation.

Having soil that is too dry around your home’s foundation is definitely concerning. When the soil is too dry, it contracts which can lead to cracks in your foundation. Further, if the roots of a tree just become massive on their own, they themselves pose a threat to harming your foundation.

3. Not Enough Moisture Around Your Houston Home

As stated above, having soil that’s too dry is a danger to your foundation. You want to make sure that you have some sort of moisture control system in place around your home.This could include using a soaker hose around your home from time to time to ensure that the soil has adequate levels of moisture. This especially true during the summer months where there could be weeks of long dry spells.If you are unsure with how to maintain your moisture levels, give us a call! We’d be happy to help!

4. Having Too Much Moisture Around Your Houston Home

The flip-side to point number 3 would be having TOO MUCH water around your Houston home.

If your property doesn’t have the proper grading, which means the property is sloped towards your home, all of the water that accumulates when it rains will rush towards your foundation.

In addition, if there is no drainage system in place around the home, like a French Drain, then there is nowhere for the water to go.

Not only will the standing water attract all sorts of gross insects, it can cause serious damage to your home’s foundation.

If you have issues with your property grading or think you might need a drainage solution, give us a call. We will give you a free estimate!

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