Perma-Pier has been repairing foundations in Dallas-Fort Worth and Arlington markets for over two decades. We have expertise in the Texas soils specific to each region and have successfully completed over 30,000 residential and commercial repairs.
Dallas: Central Dallas County is underpinned by Austin Chalk, easily recognizable by its bright white appearance and steep relief. The soils produced by Austin Chalk typically comprise a shallow horizon due to the chalk’s resistance to weathering. Eastern Dallas County sits on the Ozan Marl which produces particularly tricky soils that shrink, swell, and move water differently. Because of this unique soil geology, your property’s foundation is susceptible to failure.
Fort Worth: Soils in Fort Worth are different from those in its neighboring city, Dallas, and we understand how to handle those differences. Homes on Eagle Mountain Lake will be heavily influenced by their proximity to such a large body of water, whereas older pier & beam foundations, like those found in Fairmount, will behave in an entirely different manner.
Western and Central Tarrant County consists of several different limestone formations (the Washita group) made up of limestone and shale that produce a variety of clay-rich soils with rocky, shallow soil horizons. Eastern Tarrant county is supported by Woodbine Sandstone, a picturesque rolling topography dominated by sandy loams and clay-rich soils. These sandier soils allow for subsurface water movement and require special consideration. This propensity for water movement can easily compromise the foundations of Fort Worth homes.
Arlington: Arlington is primarily underpinned by the Woodbine Sandstone, a picturesque rolling topography dominated by sandy loams and clay-rich soils. This sandstone serves as the parent material for a variety of soils. Some common ones include the Rader fine sandy loam, the Crosstell fine sandy loam, the Lewisville clay, and the Bastsil fine sandy loam. These sandier, clay-rich soils allow for subsurface water movement and require special consideration. This propensity for water movement can easily compromise the foundations of Arlington-area properties.
Mudjacking is a method we use here at Perma Pier to repair slab foundations. This is done by pumping a special ground of portland cement and sandy loam through the concrete in order to lift a sunken slab. This method pushes the slab up, closing the cracks and gaps which have formed due to the shifting of the foundation. Mudjacking is a highly effective solution to fill voids and provide adequate support for the structure, whether large or small.
Throughout the whole process, the qualified professionals at Perma Pier measure and level throughout the slab to ensure it’s properly in place once finished. We finish by filling each hole with concrete and thoroughly cleaning the workspace. This cost-effective, less invasive process keeps the integrity and structure intact, ensuring the longevity of your foundation.
A pier and beam foundation is a type of foundation that is constructed from treated lumber and elevated on top of piers or blocks. When properly constructed, they will include a crawl space beneath the building.
The construction of a pier and beam foundation tends to look like this: beams - generally the largest pieces of lumber - run parallel to the length of the house and may be spaced up to 12 feet apart. Perpendicular to the beams are the joists, spaced approximately 18 inches apart. On top of the joist sits the subfloor which supports the flooring of the home.
This understructure is elevated and supported by either a concrete grade beam, drilled concrete piers, sonotubes, pad & blocks, or a combination of these four systems. Repairing a damaged pier and beam foundation comes with a variety of challenges and differs immensely from slab foundation repair. It’s critical to choose a qualified foundation repair company who is experienced in pier and beam foundation repair.
Perma-Pier Foundation Repair of Texas’ 30,000 commercial and residential projects include thousands of pier and beam foundation repairs. Backed by science and industry trust for over 20 years, our team of specialized evaluators and construction professionals will work hard to secure your foundation’s integrity and longevity. Contact us today for a no-charge evaluation.
Most homes in Texas less than 50 years old are built on a slab foundation, a flat concrete structure. Generally, this type of foundation is poured directly onto the ground without a basement or crawl space. They are designed to have a grade beam around the perimeter of the slab, and depending on the age and size of your home, there can also be beams throughout the interior of the slab placed in a checkerboard style layout. When a slab is without a grade beam, it’s called a monolithic slab, however, slabs with a grade beam are much stronger and more durable.
When you suspect damage to your slab foundation, it’s crucial to have a detailed evaluation done to determine the method best to repair your foundation. There are a variety of factors that must be considered before any type of repair is done including the type of soil your home is built on, the age of your house, the type of site drainage, signs of stress, the size and weight of your home, and an elevation survey.
If you suspect you may be in need of foundation repair, or you’re unsure whether your property’s issue is related to the foundation, we offer no-charge evaluations. So you have nothing to lose! Reach out to use today to learn more.
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