Drainage and landscaping are not given enough consideration in foundation health throughout the state of Texas. Foundation repair is in constant demand in Texas, as there is highly expansive clay underneath and surrounding most home foundations.
Shrinking and swelling occurs as clay absorbs and loses moisture in changing seasons. Due to long periods of droughts throughout Texas, the extreme shrinking in the soils during these seasons can cause foundations to “fail.”
Although this may be the norm, other times of the year can bring the exact opposite issue. Due to improper landscaping, irrigation, and drainage certain areas of soil get overly saturated with water. This causes the clays to expand and “heave” or lift the foundation. When the foundation has heaved, no type of pier will fix the problem. This is when you need a company, like Perma-Pier, which is experienced in installing drainage solutions.
While many different types of companies are able to install drainage systems, a homeowner is best served working with qualified foundation repair company to correct drainage issues affecting their foundation. It is important the impact of the drain on the foundation and soil be considered when determining what size and type of drain to use. Depending on the affected home’s situation, we might recommend one of a number of different foundation drainage systems.
No matter what drainage system is installed, they all have the same 3 main purposes: 1. Collect water 2. Move water through pipes and 3. Discharge the water where it will not cause more problems.
Sometimes the landscaping in combination with run-off water will erode the soil around the home. This can be a dangerous issue if left unchecked. Without the proper support, a foundation can shift and move. This is considered critical enough certain loan programs will not lend on a home in which the soil has eroded away from the foundation.
Without a permanent fix these issues will continue to arise no matter how much fill dirt is used. Often, a retaining wall will fix this issue permanently. Perma-Pier Foundation Repair of Texas exclusively installs interlocked stone walls in order to provide the best, most permanent solution for our customers.
Contact Perma-Pier Foundation Repair of Texas to further discuss your drainage and landscaping solutions to best protect your foundation’s health. We provide no-charge evaluations for the Dallas – Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston markets throughout the state of Texas.