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Foundation Repair Company
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NOW PARTNERING WITH GENEROCITY FOUNDATION REPAIR TO PROVIDE YOU WITH EXCEPTIONAL SERVICES TO YOUR HOME’S STRUCTURAL NEEDS.

Dangers of Settling Foundations

I​s foundation settlement in Pearland TX something you are concerned about? Are you worried it is happening to your home? Do you want to know if it is a problem for a home you want to buy? Call today for more information about your property’s safety.

Foundation Settlement

Foundation settling usually starts out as a small problem and grows into a bigger problem the longer it is left without repair. What signs can you look for to know if foundation settlement is an issue for you?

Foundation Cracks

​Perhaps the easiest sign of a problem are foundation cracks in the walls. The cracks can be seen in a wall on the outside of the home, you may see cracks in walls inside the home, or you can see problems in your flooring like wood panels coming loose. You may even see a foundation floor crack if you pull up your carpet or if you have a basement. You may notice a concrete crack in the basement or on a sidewalk outside. And of course they may be cracks you can even see because objects are in the way or the foundation crack has just begun to form on the inside of the wall.

Difficulty Opening Doors or Windows

If your doors or windows become more difficult to open and close (or you simply cannot open or close them) and you see no other cause, it could be because the foundation has settled.

Uneven Floors

If your floors a sloped, your foundation may have settled. We had one client whose floor was so severely sloped that she had to use her body weight to get her screen door closed. She had to pull on the door so hard to get it opened that eventually the handle broke off the door.

Older Homes- Hidden Problems

Did you know that homes that are more than 10 years old, that were perfectly built can STILL have foundation problems? It is difficult to predict where soil is going to adjust to over those 10 years no matter how well the home was built. You can have a foundation inspection to determine if you have foundation problems.

No Basement? More Problems

If your home does not have a basement you are more likely to have foundation settlement than if you have a basement. Unfortunate news considering most of the homes in the Pearland area do not have basements. The footings of a home go deeper into the ground with a basement home; the ground is more stable the further down you go. So you are less likely to experience soil movement. BUT rest assured, folks with basements are confronted with this problem more often than they would like.

Single Story Homes- More Risk

Single story homes are more likely to have foundation problems than 2 story homes. Why? The 2 story home was originally built to withstand more weight.
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Affordable Foundation Repair

​​People often put off foundation repairs because they imagine the price to be more than they can budget for. We would like to provide you with a free estimate so you have a more realistic idea of the foundation repair cost on a project such as this. We probably have an affordable foundation repair option for you. If you are experiencing any of the above problems, call Pearland Foundation Repair Pros so we can provide you with a Free quote.

Free Estimates

The prospect of needing foundation repairs can be scary. The idea of the unknown can be the worst part. Are there foundation companies near me? How much will Pearland foundation repair cost? How long will the foundation repairs take to be completed? What foundation repair methods will be used? These are all logical questions you may ask yourself when you are considering foundation repairs to your home. Call Pearland Foundation Repair and we can answer all these questions and more.

Have any foundation questions? Give us a call (832) 500-7964

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Preventative Maintenance

In the meantime, you may want to know how to best avoid needing foundation repairs in the first place. There are quite a few factors to keep in mind:

  • Keep the soil around your home moist. The expansion and contraction of the soil throughout the year is a huge factor in foundation damage. You can keep the soil moist with simple hoses and sprinklers, which would be the most economical option.  Another option would be installing a soaker hose. This is buried 3 inches below the surface about one foot away from the structure. This method is a little costlier in terms of cash and time to install. But the plus side is that the hoses will be out of site. No tripping on hoses, no animals chewing on hoses, and you simply don’t have to look at the hoses.
  • Install rock beds. These are trenches filled with small rocks that are dug 2 feet away from the foundation.
  • Do not drown the soil around the foundation. Just as soil that is too dry is a problem, so is soil that is too wet. Too much water can actually lift the foundation. This is called an “upheaval.” If your property is not already built in such a way that water drains away from the foundation, you will need to remedy this situation.
  • Make sure you have gutters in place that are draining into down spouts. If no gutters are in place the water from the roof will puddle up nice and cozy to the foundation and seep right into the ground where it will soak the soil much more than intended.
  • The down spouts should drain at least 5 to 10 feet from the foundation so that water isn’t sitting in the soil by your foundation.
  • If standing water by your foundation is still a problem, consider installing a surface drain. This will divert the water to the street or to a sidewalk depending on where you decide.
  • Some properties are unfortunate enough to have been built such that water gravitates to the foundation of the home. You can have grading done to remedy this situation. A less expensive alternative is to install a barrier 5 feet below the surface. The barrier is usually made of a film, plastic or concrete.     
  • Consider your home’s foundation when planning your landscape. A large tree will take a large quantity of water to thrive. If the tree is too close to your home, guess where the moisture is going to come from? That soil from under the house. So you’ll need to keep your soil around the house even more saturated. A large tree, where the roots will be close to your foundation will make keeping the soil under your home consistently moist. If you already have a large tree in place, you can install a root barrier in this case as well (see number 3).
  • Plumbing leaks can also cause foundation problems for your home. There are a variety of plumbing issues that can occur below the surface from sprinkler systems to sewer lines to freshwater lines and other plumbing you may have under the home. If you have suspicions that there is a plumbing problem, a licensed plumber can perform tests and help with any leaks. If there is foundation damage give us a call for a free consultation.​
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