Concrete Slabs: Central Texas homes and commercial buildings are typically built upon expansive clay soil which reacts to extreme seasonal changes. The soil gains volume as it hydrates during rainy times and shrinks in volume during times of drought. Seasonal changes, clay soil, and poor drainage raises and lowers property elevations allowing structures to move with the soil. Slab foundation repair involves installing piers under the slab, which transfers the structural load of the building to a load bearing strata below the structure. The goal is to place the piers through the hydration zone to provide more stable support for the building. In Central Texas, pier depths range from 15 feet to 20 feet on average in clay soil, and is 12 feet or less in rocky conditions or where bedrock is encountered. The process, when done correctly, leads to a lifetime of foundation security. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your job was done with great quality, care and integrity.
Pier and Beam: A pier and beam foundation may be a traditional foundation system for residential dwellings, but it as efficient and durable as most modern, concrete foundations. Pier and beam foundations provide homeowners with the advantage of maintaining a larger, integrated crawlspace. This space can be used to contain the plumbing connections of the home, making it easier to tend periodic plumbing repairs. Similarly, the crawlspace is often used for installing central heating systems. Pier and beam foundations that have been used for decades may develop some maintenance-based problems, which can be easily resolved if you are familiar with foundation repair basics and the common methods of tending to such repairs.
French Drains: French Drains are trenches filled with gravel that have a drain line buried in the gravel. French drains are designed to intercept and remove underground water.