Foundation Repair in Deer Park, Texas
Deer Park is a community of medium sized homes with large trees and beautiful parks. Located southeast of Houston, Deer Park has grown significantly since its founding in 1892 by Illinois farmer Simeon H. West.
The San Jacinto Monument is nearby, and signifies the last battle for independence from Mexico on April 21, 1836. The initial surrender was signed in Deer Park, allowing the city to be called the birthplace of Texas. Shell Oil opened the first refinery in 1928, and the city incorporated in 1948.
Soil Characteristics in Deer Park Texas.
The soil in the Deer Park area is a combination of sand and clay, and the clay is highly susceptible to the amount of moisture in it. During the long hot summers, the moisture content in the soil evaporates, causing the clay to shrink. Some elevation differentials can reach 3 or more inches in a relatively short time. When the rains begin in October, in advance of cold fronts, the soil re-hydrates causing the soil to swell back up. Because the clay soil has such a high shrink-swell potential, concrete slab foundations are constantly moving. Soils that support the foundation can collapse, leaving large voids. The concrete strength is simply not enough to keep the foundation from deflecting, and eventually cracking.
Foundation Repair Solutions in Deer Park Texas
Foundation repair techniques in Deer Park have evolved significantly over the last 20 years or so. Experimentation with new methods has led to major improvements that can level and stabilize foundations for a much longer period of time, and at a far less cost. An respected engineer who is a board member and past president of the Foundation Performance Association of Houston has published an article that explains the pros and cons of both foundation repair methods available, and can be accessed by this link. Engineers Review Article.
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