Thursday, July 7, 2011


Foundation problems can be a huge expense for Texas homeowner's, especially in North Texas because our soil contains a lot of clay which expands when wet and shrinks when dry. The variation in moisture levels take a toll on a foundation. Taking the time to consistently maintain and protect your home can save you thousands in repairs later.

What can you do to maintain foundation & prevent problems?
-When watering, or when it rains make sure that the drainage flows away from the foundation. Water should never "pool" around your foundation. Too much water is just as damaging as not enough. Also the soil level should not extend above the bricks.

-Make sure that gutters and downspouts direct rain water away from the foundation.

-Large trees or shrubs can consume tremendous amounts of water and should not be planted next to foundation. Do not allow the roots of large trees to extend under foundations.

-Water your foundation. Water should be applied in a systematic manner using automatic sprinkler system or a soaker hose. During the summer this should be done a couple of times a week. Don't forget to keep it moist in the winter, too.

What are some common signs of foundation problems?
-Cracks above doors and windows
-Doors and windows that are harder to open
-Obvious slopes in floors
-Cracks in bricks that follow a stair step pattern (this is usually a sure sign of foundation issues)
-Washed out spots under foundation that leave foundation exposed

If you notice any of the above in your home, call a foundation company to come out and take a look. They will tell you if any work is needed and give you property specific instructions on how to maintain your slab.

I reccomend MBR Foundation, they have been around for over 35 years and are honest, trustworthy and guarantee their work.

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