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Foundation Problems — What is a Home Drainage Inspection?

Foundation Problems and Drainage – How the two Relate

When spotting foundation problems early on, it’s important to gather as many clues as possible. Not only should you pay attention to sheetrock and brick and mortar cracks, sloping floors, jammed windows and doors, but you also need to consider the home’s drainage.

Inspecting the drainage system is important. Excess moisture is the enemy of home maintenance, and it’s a problem that can escalate if not addressed. This article from the magazine of the National Association of Realtors mentions that a home inspector should thoroughly inspect the following:

  • Water supply
  • Drainage systems
  • Water heating equipment
  • Drainage pumps

A Licensed Professional Home Inspector will look at your gutters, downspouts, hot water heater, etc. Less than normal water pressure, pipes that have rust spots, noisy pumps and even corrosion can indicate foundation problems that are all related to drainage. If you own a pool or spa, irrigation system, or water well, make sure that your inspector is Licensed to evaluate those items as well.

Why Drainage is Important

Drainage is one of the last things homeowners would think of inspecting when it comes to foundation problems. In reality, drainage is a huge factor! A wet slab, or ineffective gutters, can increase the risk of moisture-related problems. Mold and condensation are one side effect of excessive moisture, but did you know that too much moisture can reap havoc on your home’s foundation? If the soil is overly saturated, heavy soil erosion and swelling soil pose a threat to your foundation that can result in structural damage.

The Role of a Home Inspector

Some Licensed Professional Home Inspectors offer foundation elevation surveys with each inspection. This allows homeowners to get a bigger picture of the home’s foundation. Even in new builds, an elevation survey is a great way to create a starting point in case there are future foundation problems.

Your home inspector will also evaluate landscaping, grading, downspouts, and retaining walls to determine if adequate drainage exists on the property. He/she will also run faucets and test the hot water heater and other appliances for leaks or malfunctioning parts. Click here for a full list of interior and exterior checkpoints.

The Role of a Structural Engineer

A certified engineer will examine all components that influence your home’s foundation. This includes; drainage concerns, interfering trees, and landscape, soil conditions, etc.

A Licensed Professional Engineer can access the property and identify potential drainage concerns that should be addressed prior to foundation repairs. In general, it is recommended that drainage projects are completed at least six months before piers are installed. This allows the foundation to settle and avoids having to make repairs twice.

 

Are you in process of purchasing a home?

Contact one of our Home Inspectors for a full evaluation with complimentary elevation surveying and an irrigation inspection. Our experts will let you know if an engineer is needed for further evaluation. (817)576-1973

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Reach out to our Licensed P.E. for an engineer’s report. (817) 576-1973

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Understanding Your Engineering Report

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Understanding Your Engineering Report

The best way to get an accurate assessment of your home’s foundation is by hiring a structural engineer to produce an engineering report. For over twenty years, TEC has been spreading the message to the Dallas – Fort Worth metroplex,

“If you suspect foundation problems, refer to an independent, Licensed Professional Engineer FIRST.”

For best results, we recommend using an engineer that remains independent of foundation repair companies. The title “engineer” can be thrown around lightly in the construction industry. As such, be sure to validate that he/she is Licensed by the State of Texas.

Search the P.E. database here: https://engineers.texas.gov/roster/pesearch.html

Is hiring a structural engineer worth it?

Absolutely! A Licensed P.E. applies his/her scientific and engineering education, training,  and experience to determine the cause and extent of any diminished foundation performance. Once he/she has identified the issue, the engineer will draft a remediation plan in an 8-10 page engineering report. Often, the solution recommended by the engineer does not involve foundation repair. Instead, he/she may suggest drainage improvements or installing a foundation watering system.

Engineering Report

At TEC, we perform Level “A” and Level “B” investigations when evaluating a home’s foundation and structure. A summary of the following will be included in the engineer’s report:

Level A Investigations

  1. Interview with the homeowner about the history of the property and performance of the structure
  2. Review provided documents; construction drawings, engineer’s reports, etc.
  3. Visually observe the interior and exterior of the home
  4. Providing a written report with the following information:
    • Site observations, characteristics, and data deemed pertinent by the engineer
    • Discussion of major factors that influence the foundation’s performance such as drainage concerns, interfering trees, and landscape, soil conditions, etc.
    • Field notes and other pertinent data
    • Conclusions and recommendations for further investigation, remedial or preventative measures. Some examples include; plumbing and sprinkler testing, foundation repair, drainage improvements, installing a foundation watering system, etc.

 Level B Investigations

A Level “B” engineering analysis includes a written report with the items listed in Level “A” and the following:

  1. Foundation elevation survey to represent the shape of the foundation or floor levels
  2. A drawing depicting the relative elevations

Once you have your engineering report in hand, you can take it to two or three repair companies for estimates. Remember, lifting your foundation is just one way to remedy foundation settling. Let our engineers find the best solution for you.

Contact TEC for an engineering report. 

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Best Time of Year for Foundation Repair In Dallas

Understanding Seasonal Moisture Fluctuations

Foundation problems in Dallas – Fort Worth are often caused by shifting soils. Many homeowners notice that signs of foundation settling seem to come and go, depending on the season. The most common complaint is malfunctioning doors and windows. You’ve probably heard someone attribute the jamming to “the wood swelling from all the rain.” The reality is that in North Texas, swelling clay causes the more damage to homes.

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The clay soil in Dallas – Fort Worth experiences expansion and contraction, depending on moisture levels. When it’s hot and dry outside, the clay soil shrinks. Adversely, clay has a tremendous capacity for retaining water. Heavy rainfall leads to swelling soil beneath our home’s foundation. To put foundation settling in a nutshell,

Your foundation becomes weak from the constant movement. Eventually, it cracks under the pressure – literally.

 

The Freeze (December-February)

During the winter, there is minimal rainfall and low, sometimes freezing, temperatures. The soil is relatively stable, leading some experts to believe winter is the best time for foundation repairs. Unfortunately, homeowners are reluctant to live in a construction zone during the holidays. Also, when the signs of foundation settling are less obvious, people tend to procrastinate on repairs. It is the classic, out of sight, out of mind scenario.

Spring Showers (March-May)

Many people plan home improvement projects during the spring. Often times, cracks are discovered during the process of replacing flooring or repairing damaged sheetrock. During this time, existing cracks may appear to grow as a result of swelling clay soil. Some experts suggest that spring is the best time to schedule foundation repairs, especially if you suspect that your foundation problems are worsening.

Monthly temperature and rainfall chart for the Dallas Fort Worth area in Texas.

Dog Days of Summer (June-September)

You will notice that during June through September, high temperatures are accompanied by low levels of rainfall. Contracting soil creates gaps beneath your home’s foundation. As a result, you may see signs of foundation settling.

As mentioned earlier, the clay soil shrinks during these periods of intense heat. Foundation repair during these so-called “dog days of summer” may lift your home too much. However, a Licensed Professional Engineer takes seasonal fluctuations into consideration when making his calculations. Foundation companies offer free estimates but proceed with caution. Only a Licensed P.E can ensure work performed on your home is necessary and correct.

“Fall” in Texas (October-November)

Summer seems to last half of the year in Texas, so there isn’t much of a fall season. Even so, fall is a great time to take a good look at your home’s foundation. Scheduling foundation repairs during this season will leave time to put the house back together before the holidays.

When is the BEST time to fix your foundation?

The answer is NOW! If you suspect that your home has foundation concerns, there’s no time like the present to call a Licensed Professional Engineer for a foundation inspection. He/she will present an 8-10 page Engineer’s Report highlighting issues and recommending repairs – if needed. If you do need piers, the engineer will tell you how many, what kind, and pinpoint the ideal placement.

Stop putting it off, schedule your foundation inspection today.

Call 817-576-1973 or email stephanie@tecdfw.com to get on the list.

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Buying a House in Texas – Avoid This Mistake

Purchasing a home can be a stressful process for everyone involved. One common mistake that people make when buying a house is not choosing the right Home Inspector. TEC has worked directly with realtors and their clients for the past five years. We can’t keep count of the phone calls our office receives from panicked buyers, sellers, or realtors needing an inspection “YESTERDAY.”

Good news, TEC has you covered. Here are a few ways we go above and beyond to make your life a little bit easier:

Home Inspection

Throughout the inspection, we examine more than 600 components, taking images along the way. Each item is inspected for structural soundness, proper function, and code compliance.

UNIQUE TO TEC: Our Licensed Professional Home Inspectors perform foundation elevation surveys on every home, at no additional charge.

An elevation level survey provides two important advantages for the homeowner:

  1. In both new and older homes, the survey gives the buyer a point of reference that paints a clear picture if future settling occurs. * Comes in handy if you ever have to battle with a home warranty company or builder.
  2. The survey pinpoints existing foundation concerns. * Might not be a deal-breaker, but may be grounds for some negotiating.

Our Home Inspectors train alongside our engineer for two weeks before they are allowed to perform an inspection. Therefore, they are better equipped to differentiate between cosmetic and structural flaws. If there is a concern about a home’s foundation, TEC Home Inspectors consult with our in-house engineers. * Most Inspectors will simply cite “refer to an engineer” if they see a crack or other signs of foundation problems. Then the homebuyer has to scramble to schedule an engineer within the option period, leading to more money out of pocket.

Foundation Inspections and Structural Evaluations

If your home inspection report says to “consult with an engineer,” give us a call. We will everything possible to work within your option period. TEC has a solid reputation for providing independent, thorough evaluations for DFW homeowners and prospective buyers.

BONUS: If you schedule a Home Inspection and a Foundation Evaluation at the same time, we take 20% off the engineer’s fee.

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Choose an Independent Engineer for Foundation Evaluation

cracks in foundation foundation problems Dallas Fort Worth Mansfield structural engineerThere are many factors that can cause your foundation to lose structural integrity. Sometimes the soil beneath a home can start to settle and shift. Unfortunately, the foundation will shift as well.
Did you know that structural issues can affect electrical lines and plumbing systems, causing a variety of problems?

Fixing unleveled flooring and filling cracks in the wall is easy, but you need to determine the root of the issue. Physical flaws in your home could be a signal to something more serious and complicated. Choosing an engineer for a foundation evaluation should be your first recourse.

Engineers are trained to look at all aspects of the home’s foundation, and they are equipped with the knowledge needed to recognize problems as they arise. When the foundation problem involves more than just the framing and foundation, having an independent engineer on your side becomes quite handy. They know how to look beyond the surface, and this is good because beyond the surface is probably where the problem belongs.

Factors to consider in finding a good independent engineer

Identifying and fixing a structural problem is like a sick person going to a doctor. You have symptoms that you’re not well, and the doctor examines you and conducts a couple of tests to pinpoint exactly what the problem is. The diagnosis of your disease will depend on how good the doctor is, and in the same way, getting to the bottom of your house’s foundation problem will depend on how good your engineer is.

Slab leaks can occur as a result of foundation settling. Call an engineer if you suspect there is an issue.

Here are some things you need to consider before choosing an engineer for foundation evaluation:

License: Having a licensed professional engineer inspect your house will streamline the process and ensure accuracy. As this article by HSH.com highlights, a home inspector could very well uncover a structural problem, but a licensed professional engineer not only uncovers the problem, but he or she will know exactly how to deal with it. Getting a licensed engineer from the beginning will save you the hassle— and money.

Professional Affiliations: Some people think that gaining membership to professional clubs is simply about paying the dues.  Not true for engineers; they must pass difficult eligibility requirements and adhere to a strict code of ethics.

Credibility: If the independent engineer is affiliated with a credible inspection institution, then you should be fine. However, as a homeowner, you can never be too careful. Be sure to check their references and get referrals.

Thomas Engineering Consultants has a reputation for client satisfaction.

Click here to see our many positive customer reviews.

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Are Sticking Doors a Sign of Foundation Problems?

It’s a beautiful day in Texas. The birds are chirping and the kids are happily playing in the yard. You spontaneously decide to open the windows and invite in the fresh air. There is only one problem; the window is stuck. In fact, several windows throughout the house refuse to open properly. Then, you notice a crack extending from the corner of the window frame up to the crown molding. Panic sets in.

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Keep calm and call a licensed Professional Engineer for an unbiased evaluation of your home’s foundation.

You begin to ask yourself…

Does this house have foundation problems?

Will I lose the money I invested?

How will I afford to send the kids to college?

What about my retirement?

Maybe that is a tad overdramatic, but we get it! We’ve all heard the horror stories about homes needing $100,000 worth of foundation repair. The good news is that extreme cases like that are rare. However, when it comes to foundation problems, early detection is the key to maintaining your sanity (and home equity).

Sticking Doors, Jammed Windows, and Cracks – Signs of Foundation Problems?

All the above indicate foundation settling, but only a licensed Professional Engineer can determine if there is cause for alarm. Keep in mind that foundation damage is very common in Texas due to the presence of expansive soil.

Dallas is home to Texas Blackland Prairie soils. The clay soils in this region have high shrink-swell properties that require special design accommodations to ensure proper structural integrity.

Structural or Non-Structural?

Concrete slabs such as patios, sidewalks, and garage floors are often the first structures to show signs of foundation settling. So how can you tell if a crack is structural or cosmetic? One of the typical signs of a non-structural defect is that the crack is very thin or narrow, almost hairline. There is also no noticeable broken or dislocated masonry surrounding the crack.

On the other hand, cracks that may indicate structural failure tend to be wide. They often appear in a stair-step pattern and lead to displaced or crumbling masonry. When the concrete or masonry is disturbed, areas nearby begin to shift into the void space. For example, when doors and windows go out of alignment, it is usually the result of shifting exterior walls.

Look closely, your foundation may be trying to tell you something.

Unlevel pavement is a common sign that the soil beneath the concrete is settling.

Notice the frieze board separating from your brick? You may need a foundation inspection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detective Work

In the Dallas – Fort Worth metroplex, precipitation levels are generally low so you can rule out the probability of wood bloat causing windows to stick. However, it is highly likely that your home is constructed on expansive clay soil.

Expansive Clay Soil

The hot Texas sun scorches the soil during the summer months, robbing its moisture and causing the clay to shrink. When the clay soil retracts, the foundation moves as well. When moisture levels increase in the winter, the clay swells and the foundation lifts. This kind of back and forth movement stresses the concrete slab and often leads to cracking.

Homeowners tend to notice the most extreme signs of foundation settling during periods of excessive dryness or after a heavy rainfall. 

If you have a combination of sticking doors, wide cracks and displaced masonry, then it’s time to call in the professionals who can best help you deal with your foundation problems.

Schedule a foundation evaluation today at 817-576-1973

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Foundation Repair: Key Differences Between Pier and Beam vs Slab Foundation

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When shopping for a home, there are seemingly endless decisions to be made. It can be a tough choice when it comes to where to buy, when to buy, and whether to choose a pier and beam vs slab foundation. The entire process is enough to make anyone’s head spin!

We can’t help you choose the best school district, or select the perfect floorplan, but we can offer a quick lesson on the different foundation types to help you determine the right fit for your needs.

First, let’s make sure that you understand the terminology for the two most common foundation types used in the Dallas-Fort Worth area:


Pier and Beam Foundation

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Commonly found in older homes, pier and beam foundations are comprised of several footings with concrete bases to support the home’s structure. A crawlspace is created beneath the floor for easy access to electrical and plumbing lines.

Slab Foundation

A concrete slab foundation, also known as a “slab-on-grade” foundation, is most common in new homes, and those built after 1970. Generally, these types of slabs are reinforced with steel beams known as tension rods.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Pier and Beam Foundation

Advantage: The availability of a crawlspace makes repairing electrical and plumbing issues a breeze. The hard part is convincing someone to crawl under there!

Advantage: The opening in the crawlspace also provides an opportunity to install additional insulation.

Advantage: Since the foundation has individual piers and beams, it is easier to isolate specific foundation problems. This helps the homeowner avoid costly repairs to the entire foundation.

Disadvantage: Rodents often seek shelter in crawl spaces and can build nests beneath your home. Along with those pesky rodents come fleas and other insects too. Yikes!

Disadvantage: Moisture can easily enter the crawlspace, causing creaky floors, mold and rotting. The increase in bacteria can be accompanied by an unpleasant odor as well.

Disadvantage: Pier and beam foundations often cost more due to the added time and expertise involved in the construction process.

Disadvantage: Unprotected water utilities in crawl spaces are more likely to freeze in harsh winter temperatures.

Slab Foundation

Advantage: Slab foundations are generally less expensive to construct and can be erected quickly.

Advantage: In cold weather, water utilities nestled within the slab are more resistant to freezing.

Advantage: It is easier to seal the home to prevent rodents and insects from inhabiting within.

Disadvantage: Slab leaks can cause major damage to your home’s foundation and repairs, in general, are more difficult to access without a convenient crawlspace.

Disadvantage: Concrete slabs can shrink, crack and even sink.

Which foundation type is more prone to settling?

Concrete slabs are more prone to settling in North Texas. Surprised? Consider that concrete slabs remain in constant contact with the soil. Texas’ severe moisture fluctuations have a direct impact on slab foundations. As such, homeowners are urged to implement foundation watering practices to balance the moisture level around the perimeter of their home.

Is purchasing a pier and beam home a “bad investment?”

Absolutely not. Pier and beam homes have many perks! The best way to ensure that any real estate purchase is a secure investment is by hiring a specialized professional to perform an independent evaluation.

For information on TEC’s Licensed Home Inspectors click here.

Call 817-576-1973 or click here to schedule your inspection.

Concerned about your home’s foundation? A Licensed Professional Engineer should be your first call. Click here for more information.

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What to Expect from a Home Inspection

What to Expect From a Home Inspection in Dallas – Fort Worth

The TEC team is always receiving questions from first time home buyers who aren’t sure what to expect from a professional home inspection. Buying your first home can be stressful! Don’t worry, we are here to help.

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Frequently asked questions and answers about getting a Home Inspection:

Should I get a home inspection before I list my house?
Generally, home inspections are scheduled (at the expense of the buyer) before closing on the sale of a property. However, some sellers choose to do a “pre-listing inspection” prior to putting their home on the market. By working proactively to identify defects, the seller has sufficient time to schedule repairs and can control costs easily.

Is getting a home inspection required by the bank?
Not necessarily, but it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. More than 95% of buyers opt for a professional home inspection. A good home inspector can help identify major deficiencies, helping you make an informed decision about your investment.

What does getting a Home Inspection involve?

A typical home inspection takes anywhere from two to four hours, depending on the size and age of the home.

Here is a short checklist of items that you can expect your home inspector to examine:

Exterior of the home:
• Brick and mortar
• Siding, flashings, and trim
• The roof, eaves, and fascias
• Exterior doors
• Landscaping, grading, drainage and retaining walls
• Decks, patios, balconies, and any steps, stoops porches or railing
• Garages and carports
• Walkways, patios, and driveways
• Downspouts
• Skylights
Interior of the home:
• Doors and windows
• Ceilings, floors, and walls
• Any steps, stairways or railings within the home
• Countertops and cabinetry
• Garage doors
• Installed appliances
• Fireplaces, vent systems, exhaust systems, chimneys and flues
• Smoke detectors
• Plumbing
• Water pressure
• Attic insulation and vapor retarders
• Electrical wiring, switches, and fixtures
• Heating and cooling equipment, access panels and thermostats
Additional Services

Some home inspectors will also include floor level surveying to identify if there are any foundation concerns with the home. Other inspections that you might want to consider are irrigation inspections, termite inspections, and pool/spa inspections. Check with your inspector to see if their company offers these additional services.
Remember that a good home inspector should always be objective! They should take photos of defects and take the time to explain their findings to you. We always recommend that homeowners are present for the inspection to ask questions and make observations.

It is TEC’s mission to help homeowners make informed decisions about their biggest investment, their home. Call today to schedule your Professional Home Inspection with Thomas Engineering Consultants. (817) 576-1973

Related to this article:

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Top 5 Signs of Foundation Problems

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Engineers consider several factors when performing a foundation inspection; the weight of your home (including the contents), the soil composition, and the materials used for construction. Fortunately for homeowners, signs of foundation movement are easily detectable.

The Top 5 Signs of Foundation Problems

  • Improperly functioning doors and windows: A good contractor will check doors and windows during installation to ensure they are working properly. Therefore, post-construction issues could be a hint that your home has a foundation problem. Call an engineer if your doors and windows…
    • Are difficult to open and close
    • Swing open when unlatched
    • Have visible gaps at the bottom or top
    • Scrape the floor
    • Have cracks on the walls at the frame corner
  • Problematic basement walls: When a home is designed with a basement, the immense weight of the structure, and everything inside of it, rests on the supporting basement walls.  As such, sagging, bowing, or leaning basement walls indicate an issue with your home’s foundation. By taking immediate and proactive measures you can reduce the risk of major foundation repairs in the future.
  • Chimney damage: Chimneys made with a rock or brick exterior tend to show early indications of foundation movement. The twisting and pulling of settling causes the mortar to fail. A leaning chimney, or a chimney with visible gaps or cracks, can be a red flag for foundation issues.
  • Questionable soil composition: Ideally, the soil surrounding your home is dry, well-compacted and there are no signs of standing water. Visible slope movement such as minor landslides or cracks in the ground signal poor soil quality. There are a number of solutions to remedy this. Call your local irrigation company if you notice water pooling around your home, especially if you notice moisture without an apparent cause. The important thing to understand is that the quality of your soil has a direct impact on the foundation.
  • Uneven floors:  If your home’s foundation is in jeopardy you may notice floor tiles cracking, lifting, warping, sagging and bulging. Homes with carpeting can make these indicators less noticeable. Pay attention to changes in your flooring to help you identify concerns BEFORE they get out of hand.

If you are concerned about your home’s foundation, consult a foundation expert (A LICENSED ENGINEER) right away. When choosing the best professional to inspect your home, do your homework. Beware of free estimates from companies who may be trying to sell you their service.

Check out TEC’s reviews:

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Do Trees Affect Your Home’s Foundation?

The popular misconception that roots commonly smash through floors is a bit of a stretch. In reality, the most troubling aspect of a tree planted near your home is the roots’ tendency to absorb water in the soil.

Ever Heard of a Thing Called Subsidence?

Subsidence, the gradual caving in or sinking of an area of land, is the most common source of damage from trees. The soil on your property shrinks and expands according to moisture content. If the fluctuations are too extreme, the concrete slab can crack and doors and windows may begin to stick or jam. Concrete sidewalks commonly buckle due to roots growing beneath the structure. It is incredibly rare, however, for a root to be strong enough to penetrate or disturb a home’s concrete slab foundation.

Relevant Factors

When assessing the likelihood of a tree affecting the foundation of your home, there are a few factors that must be considered.

  1. The species of tree.
  2.  The distance of the tree from the home.
  3. The soil composition of your property.

“The Kew Root Survey”

A 1981 study known as “The Kew Root Survey” noted the various types of trees involved in building damage and documented the distance of the trees to the buildings.

A more recent 2011 study, “The Relationship between Trees, Distance to Buildings and Subsidence Events on Shrinkable Clay Soil,” confirmed that the 1981 findings still hold true to this day.

However, these studies were performed on shrinkable clay soil, so the kind of soil you have must also be considered to determine what, if any, affect the tree may be having on the home’s foundation. Note:In North Texas, the majority of our homes are built on clay soil.

Common Remedies for Offending Trees

According to experts, there are several options available:

  • Don’t touch it. If a tree exists on your property and there are no signs of damage, leave it be. The presence of the tree has already affected the soil.
  • Have it removed. If a tree appears to be too close to your home, you can cut down the offending tree. This may be the best course of action, especially if it is a small or young tree. This can be dangerous though, as it may also cause damage to your home.
  • Install an irrigation drip line.  If trees on your property seem to be sucking the surrounding soil dry you can minimize the impact by adding water to the area around the trunk’s base. However, be aware that water applied at the surface level will only penetrate about six inches into the soil. By hiring a professional to install an irrigation drip line around the perimeter of your home, you can give the roots what they seek (water), before they travel to your home’s foundation. Note: An effective drip line is installed several inches beneath the soil’s surface.
  • Install a root barrier. You also have the option of installing an underground root barrier between the tree and your home. You will need an expert’s opinion for this since this may cause some damage or even kill the tree.

Still Unsure?

We don’t blame you one bit! Trees greatly affect your resale value. Not to mention, the tree in question could be providing significant shade during the scorching summer months in Texas. Cutting it down might mean a spike in utilities. If you are unsure, it is best to consult an expert. Tommy LaLonde, P.E. is not only a soil expert, he has decades of experience examining the structure of homes across Texas.

Schedule an evaluation today to determine if your trees could be harming your home’s foundation. (817) 576-1973