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Prevent Problems with Proper Maintenance

Foundation Maintenance Services Fort Worth, TXHighly plastic clay soils, as are typically found in the DFW area, exhibit a great amount of expansion and contraction caused by seasonal moisture changes and varying weather conditions. Clay soils that become too dry will shrink and not be able to maintain the physical elevation of a structure’s foundation. High ambient temperatures and long periods of little rainfall can cause moisture loss several feet below the surface and take a devastating toll on foundations. On the other hand, clay soils soak up water like a sponge if overly saturated, and can lose their load-bearing capacity or swell unevenly.

The key to maintaining a foundation’s elevation is keeping consistent moisture levels around the foundation. Water should always run away from your home and not be allowed to pool around the foundation. Soil should be about 2 inches below the top of the perimeter grade beam, and slope about 1-2 inches per foot away from your home. If the soil around your foundation is low, clay-like fill dirt should be added around the perimeter, NOT porous soils. Your home should have gutters with extensions on the downspouts.

Keep an eye on the soil conditions around your house. If the soil has pulled away from the foundation, you need to water more. Ideally, the soil should be snug against the perimeter beam. If the soil is pulled away, do not add water directly into the separation because it will flood under the beam and could cause movement. Use a sprinkler or soaker hose so that the soil is watered evenly.

The moisture content of the soils at the perimeter of the foundation should be maintained during all seasons. Water the foundation in a uniform and systematic manner with a sprinkler system or soaker hose.

If you use a soaker hose make sure it is placed at least 12-18 inches away from the foundation.

Many times soaker hoses are used improperly and do much more harm than good. Watering every other day for 30 minutes is usually sufficient, but should be increased during dry hot months.

It is recommended to not plant trees or shrubs next to the foundation because roots sap moisture from the soil. This then lowers the moisture content of the supporting soil at various places which can cause differential settlement of the foundation. Trees in particular, should be planted no closer than their expected growth height. Fast-growing bushes should be avoided completely if possible because they consume large amounts of water.

If you notice any leaks or changes in your water bill, have a plumber come out and test your water lines and drains. Any leaks should be fixed right away, especially under your foundation.

Stone Foundation Maintenance

We often find stone foundations in older homes that have been restored by the current owner. Of course, an older home requires a little extra attention. That goes double for a stone foundation. The foundation is, of course, the most important structural feature of your home. A weakened support system could lead to poor structural integrity, dangerous living conditions, and lowered property values–everything a homeowner would like to avoid!

When it comes to stone foundation maintenance in Fort Worth, Urgent Foundation Repair will:

  • Fill any voids or cracks in the stone
  • Prevent crumbling mortar between rocks and remove white powder from along the walls
  • Prevent water penetration
  • Restore damp walls
  • Eliminate mice and rats

Performing regular maintenance on a stone foundation will help you achieve the best results. It takes just one careless mistake to cause a severe issue with your home or foundation. Schedule regular maintenance through Urgent Foundation Repair for the best results!

 

How to Avoid Foundation Problems

All too often we see homeowners neglect their home’s foundation. These issues, when ignored for too long, can cause severe and costly damaged to the household. Several key factors often cause the common foundation issues, including poor craftsmanship, drainage issues, leaks, clay shrinkage, and tree roots. To prevent such problems, we recommend scheduling annual maintenance.

Over the years, we have discovered a few tips to help homeowners avoid common foundation problems:

  • Drainage – It is crucial that you properly drain water away from your home. The soil will expand dramatically when collecting water, putting excess stress on foundation walls
  • Grading – Implementing proper grading on your home ensures that water cannot reach the base of your foundation walls. With grading, the rule of thumb is to grade about 6 inches to slope away from the house.
  • Planting – When planting new trees or shrubs, try to plant the roots as far from the house as possible to prevent overgrowth.

Concrete Foundation Maintenance

Concrete foundations are the most common type in Fort Worth. Most modern households have a bed of concrete for added stability and durability, but even concrete requires careful maintenance. No matter how well the material was installed, a particularly severe rainstorm or flood can ‘undo’ professional work at a moment’s notice. That is why we recommend regular maintenance to catch potential issues in their tracks.

We often encounter fractures in concrete foundations in Fort Worth. Due to seasonal weather changes, fractures pose a significant concern throughout the city. If you schedule maintenance early, we can prevent cracks from growing in size. Another frequent problem stems from insects, believe it or not. Trailing insects will hasten deterioration, so it is crucial that we plug any holes or cracks promptly. These are just a few of the issues Urgent Foundation Repair will solve when you schedule maintenance with us!

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