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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.

 

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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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How do I Know if I Have Foundation Problems?

How do I Know if I Have Foundation Problems?

Most homeowners don’t pay attention to their home’s foundation until something goes awry. If you ignore some of these indicators of foundation problems, you could cause unnecessary damage to your home. It is important to take a proactive approach to detecting and repairing foundation settling. This article from Seattle Times mentions that more and more people are suffering from home foundation problems, but how does one evaluate these problems in the first place?

Signs you need to check

Like spotting a disease in its early stages, it’s best to be vigilant when it comes to home inspection and maintenance. The foundation is an important part of your structure, and once it’s damaged, the market value of your house can decrease tremendously. More than that, you’ll spend thousands of dollars repairing what could’ve been corrected if only you spotted the signs. Here are some early signs of foundation problems that you should be aware of:

  • Cracks in the Walls

These could be horizontal, vertical, diagonal, or even come as a pattern following the path of bricks and cement.  However they may appear, cracks are never a good sign. When watching out for cracks, you should pay special attention to the “joints” of the foundation or areas where walls are joined together with other walls, doors, the ceiling or the floor. You should watch out for jagged cracks and vertical cracks especially.

  • Stuck Doors and Windows

If your doors or windows seem to stick out or you suddenly can’t close them as you used to, this could be a sign that your foundation is shifting.

  • Uneven Floors and Floor Gaps

If floors suddenly become uneven, or if you notice a gap between the floor and the wall, then something could be awry.

  • Nail Pops

Many things could cause nails to suddenly protrude from your wall, but this can be caused by foundation problems as well, as it could be a sign that the foundation has shifted.

Calling an expert

Once you’ve spotted any of these signs, it’s best to call an expert right away. Foundation problems don’t just disappear over time. In fact, they get worse and you don’t want the problems to reach a point when it will become too expensive to fix. Like any disease, you will save a lot of money and time by getting the problem evaluated by an expert early on. By being proactive in repairing your home and making that decision today, you can save thousands of dollars and prevent your home from further decline.

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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.

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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.

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Water and Drainage; Is Your Home’s Foundation at Risk?

Water and Drainage; Is Your Home’s Foundation at Risk?

Water is a powerful force! Proper drainage is an essential factor for homeowners looking to preserve their investment. Here are a few ways that deficient water drainage affects your home’s foundation:

Soil erosion: If runoff from your roof or gutter pours within a couple of feet of your home, the soil surrounding your foundation will erode as water relocates to the lowest elevation in your yard. The movement could ultimately cause your foundation to slip in the same pattern.

Groundwater: Water can damage your foundation by direct precipitation (not just rain) if there is puddling near the perimeter of your home. Groundwater can potentially seep into areas affecting the integrity of your home’s foundation.

Soil expansion: The type of soil you have can have an adverse effect on your foundation drainage. Soil that is heavily composed of gravel or sand tends to create water pooling. On the other hand, expansive clay soil, as found in most of North Texas, swells when it is saturated. That means that your foundation will shift and you could start to see the signs, such as cracks in your home. Changing the basic composition of the soil is impractical for most homeowners. As such, it is best to focus on improving your drainage.

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If your rain gutters are pouring out this close to your home, you might be jeopardizing the integrity of your foundation.

Tips on improving your drainage:

Consider Sloping: To improve the drainage around your foundation, consider hiring a professional to slope the surrounding soil to carry the water away from areas that could cause harm. Next, have the soil compacted with a mechanical compactor. This will press the soil down, making it less likely to move or shift. Loose soil creates water runoff, shifting and changing the rate of settling and eventually resulting in a negative grade. Should this happen, expect the water to drain back to the foundation of the house, which could be disastrous over time.

Modify Your Gutters: While most houses have gutters installed, they are not adequate in foundation drainage. Water from the roof tends to pool right beside the foundation.

Here are two ways to move water away from your foundation:

  1. Extend the down spout by approximately 10 feet.  This could carry the water downhill, or make it flow away from the foundation. Hint: You can bury the extension so it is out of sight.
  2. Use a catch basin. This should be buried where the downspout ends. Start filling the basin with crushed stones and add an underground drain pipe that comes out the side of the basin. This pipe should run above the ground going straight for a drainage ditch. Or, it can just empty up into a dry well.

Landscape with a Purpose: By choosing landscaping that is decorative and functional, such as ground cover plants, liners, rocks or gravel, you can keep preventing erosion around your home’s foundation. Most mulch and bark is not heavy enough to withstand a downpour.

Install French Drains: French drains are trenches designed to pull water down a slope and away from the house. Often, these drains can be disguised within your landscaping and are incredibly effective in low-elevation areas where water tends to accumulate.

When faced with water drainage problems, it’s always best to consult professionals who are experienced in handling such situations.

Thomas Engineering Consultants has over twenty years of experience mitigating the impacts of seasonal weather fluctuations to preserve your home’s foundation.

Shoot us an email to schedule your visit today.

stephanie@tecdfw.com

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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.

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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

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How to Pick a Great Foundation Repair Company

Finding the Right Foundation Repair Company

If you have a foundation problem or you suspect that you have one, you want the best foundation repair company to repair the damage. The foundation is what your home rests on, and a problem in this area generally leads to more problems for the rest of the house.

So how do you pick a “great” foundation repair company? It’s not all about who charges the least. Trying to save a few dollars here can be a costly mistake.  An incompetent repair team may not only fail to solve the problem, but also worsen it!

To pick the right foundation repair company for your needs, here are some guidelines to consider:

Recommendations

Probably the best and most trustworthy evidence of a foundation repair company’s ability would be the recommendations of former customers. If you have friends who have enlisted the professional services of a foundation repair team, ask them about their experience. Did your friends have problems with the repair team? Was the foundation problem solved? How long did they take, and did they finish within the deadline they set themselves?

If none of your friends have ever hired a foundation repair specialist, then perhaps your foundation engineer can recommend a few. Be sure to ask for references from each foundation repair company you talk to. If they’ve been in business for a while, they should have lots of customers who are willing to give testimonials.

Accreditation

It’s also a good idea to make sure the repair company is accredited or a member of good standing in a professional association. Consider a company that is accredited by the Better Business Bureau. You can check how many customer complaints have been lodged against them and whether any or most of these complaints have been resolved.

A membership in a professional association (such as the Foundation Repair Association or the Foundation Repair Network) can also be an indication of professionalism. Often there are standards to be met before a membership is granted. The conditions for membership may include a certain number of years in the industry, proof of proper education, and passing an exam. These organizations may also insist on proof of moral good standing.

Your Own Opinion

Finally, you should trust your own instincts and perceptions. Talk to each of these companies and make your own observations. If possible, visit their office and check to see if everything looks organized and professional.

Ask the right questions, such as:

  • How long have they been working in the industry?
  • Do they have worker’s compensation and liability insurance?
  • Are they willing to send you a certificate of insurance?
  • Will the workers be company employees or are they temporary workers?
  • Will there be a supervisor to oversee things on site?
  • Do they offer a free quote?
  • Does the company have the equipment and resources needed to fix the damage caused by the foundation problem?
  • How long will the job take?

Once you’ve selected your foundation repair company, make sure you read the contract carefully. If you don’t understand something ask them to clarify. With the right company, the job should be done efficiently and for a reasonable fee.

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Dallas Fort Worth Foundation Repair – Special Considerations

Dallas Fort Worth Foundation Repair

Sometimes when foundation repair is being done in the Dallas and Fort Worth area, some special circumstances may be taken into consideration, including earthquake potential and the structural problems of older or historic homes.

Dallas Fort Worth Foundation Repair – Special Considerations

Foundations and earthquakes

You don’t often think of the Dallas–Ft Worth area as earthquake-prone. But the Dallas area has recorded some fairly strong earthquakes recently. In January 2013, a 3.0-magnitude earthquake hit northern Texas, with the epicenter just 3.5 miles east of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. In October of 2012, the same approximate area was hit by two earthquakes measuring 3.4 and 3.1-magnitude.

According to Cliff Froehlich, associate director and senior research scientist at the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics, these earthquakes are happening because the area just south of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had been inundated with wastewater due to hydraulic fracturing. Although the water is no longer being added, the damage to the faults may have been already done.

If earthquakes in the area become more frequent, then the foundation repair may include strengthening it against earthquakes. Doing so may prevent extensive damage, which may be so serious that the only solution afterwards is to completely rebuild. An earthquake can make foundation problems even worse. Even with insurance the cost of repairing earthquake damage may run into the tens of thousands of dollars, while strengthening a foundation against earthquakes may cost only a few thousand dollars.

Old and Historic Homes

If you live in one of these stately residences, you may not be aware of structural problems in your home.  Many of these homes were constructed with no thought given to the weight that the foundation has to bear.

Here are some examples:

  • One common problem in old two-story homes involves point load deflection. In most of these older homes, a considerable amount of the 2nd-story weight is passed on to the ground floor through the walls. Sometimes, instead of a wall there’s a header to transfer the upper weight, and the weight is passed to one side of a door frame. That point load rests on the floor, and eventually the floor will bow.
  • Hallway walls are generally load-bearing, but a wall may sometimes have no girders and supporting piers. As the years pass, the wall and the floor will sag and bow down.
  • Sometimes the girder was put in the middle of the hallway, with both hallway walls unsupported. This is often the reason why the middle of a hallway will have a hump.

If your home foundation has any unusual problems, or if there are special circumstances involved, then it’s a good idea to contact a qualified structural engineer. They can then provide you with a detailed foundation inspection report. You will find a number of experienced companies that are well-versed in dealing with the special circumstances surrounding soil movement in the area as it pertains to Dallas Ft Worth foundation repair.