Causes of Foundation Problems in the Dallas and Ft. Worth area are typically related to our wide changes in temperature and soil moisture coupled with clay soil. You may notice signs of foundation problems around your home or commercial building.
Our local Dallas & Ft. Worth climate is tough on your foundation because of our hot dry summers, fierce thunderstorms that drop heavy rains and the highly expansive. clay soil. The good news is you can curb this by good foundation maintenance.
Other factors that can contribute to foundation problems include plumbing and drainage problems and poor foundation design.
Foundations shift, crack or fail when they are unevenly lifted by expansive soil, or the soil fails to provide adequate support. We’ve found that steel piers and helical (spiral) steel piers provide excellent long-term support for house leveling.
Nine direct causes of foundation problems:
Clay soil expansion and contraction
Poor drainage -land sloping towards the house
Intense sun and drying heat
Inadequate watering – soil pulls away from the foundation
Extensive landscaping with trees and shrubs
Poor clay soil compaction
Inadequate foundation building codes
Retainer wall movement or failure
DFW’s soil is most often the root cause of all the foundation problems we see. Our soil contains varying levels of a clay material called Montmorillonite. Due to the presence of this clay, water may cause the soil to expand by as much as 30%, up to six or more inches in some areas of Dallas and Fort Worth.
Uneven and excessive levels of moisture around the perimeter and under the house or building can create upheaval and slab-breaking force. Occasionally, foundation problems can begin during the construction phase due to inadequate soil compaction, poor drainage or faulty design.
Because proper foundation repair is so critical, most of the local cities listed below require a foundation engineer’s report and permit which we will obtain before foundation repair can begin:
Addison, Allen, Arlington, Azle, Balch Springs, Benbrook, Bedford, Carrollton Cedar Hill, Cockrell Hill, Colleyville, Combine, Coppell, Crandall, Crowley, Dalworthington Gardens, Dallas, Tx, Denton, DeSoto, Duncanville, Euless, Fairview, Farmers Branch, Farmersville, Fate, Flower Mound, Forest Hill, Forney, Fort Worth, Ft. Worth, Frisco, Garland, Glenn Heights, Grand Prairie, Greenville, Grapevine Hackberry, Haltom City, Heath, Hebron, Hickory Creek, Highland Park, Highland Village, Hurst, Hutchins, Irving, Josephine, Keller, Kennedale, Lake Dallas, Lake Worth, Lakewood Village, Lancaster, Lavon, Lewisville, Lincoln Park, Little Elm, Lucas, Mansfield, McKinney, Mesquite, Murphy, Nevada, New Hope, North Richland Hills, Oak Point, Pantego, Parker, Plano, Princeton, Prosper, Richardson, Richland Hills, River Oaks, Roanoke, Rockwall Rowlett, Royce City, Sachse, Saginaw, Seagoville, Shady Shores, Southlake, St. Paul, Sunnyvale, Terrell, The Colony, University Park, Watauga, Westlake, Westwood Village, Wilmer, White Settlement, and Wylie. Texas. Fort Worth Texas, Ft Worth Texas, Plano Texas, Fort Worth TX, Dallas TX, and Wylie.