Foundation Repair in Sugar Land Texas
Sugar Land Texas is located in Fort Bend County, and is one of the fastest growing communities in Texas. Small enclaves with lot’s of cul-de-sacs, designed with multiple lakes and parks, are all part of the huge advantages that draw many families. Tree lined streets, walking trails, beautiful views, and friendly neighbors give a small town feeling to the quiet neighborhoods in the area. The excellent police and fire departments, top tier schools, and proximity to the Houston job market and medical center are other factors that people from all over the world consider when moving to Sugar Land.
The soil that most of these homes are constructed on were once farmland, mainly rice fields, and is highly expansive. When the dry season occurs, usually from late May to early October, the ground dries up to extremes and foundations settle. During the rainy months, the ground swells back up, causing a huge shrink-swell potential, and the need for foundation repair.
The highly expansive soil in Sugar Land is common to all of Fort Bend County, and extends all the way to the coast.
Most of the homes in Sugar Land Texas are constructed one of two ways. The most common type is the slab-on-grade foundation, and consists of concrete poured to a maximum depth of only 4 inches. There is a deeper part around the perimeter, called a grade beam, which is usually between 16 – 20 inches deep. During construction, the engineer will design deeper grade beams underneath the main load-bearing walls. If you observe a slab before it is poured, you’ll notice these trenches that crisscross in the center, and connect to the outer trenches. The four-inch center part is then reinforced using either steel rebar, or steel mesh sections.
A second type of slab foundation is the post-tension variation. The difference is that instead of steel rebar or steel mesh in the four inch center slab area, engineers have designed cables that are stretched across and tensioned while the concrete is curing. The idea was that as the ground moved, the cables would hold the foundation level. Unfortunately, the ground swells and shrinks far too much for the cables to hold up the structure, especially considering the huge 2-story homes in Sugar Land. During the dry summer months, the ground simply dries out too much, and voids are created that extend far back into the interior areas, creating what engineers refer to as “cliffs” and a “dangle” effect. The concrete is just not strong enough to hold these loads for extended periods of time, and it fails.
These are just some of the factors that create a need for foundation repair. Once you begin to see signs of stress, such as doors that stick, cracks in walls, or expansion joints that are getting wider, it is always best to have your home inspected right away. If the problem is corrected early, the repair could be much less expensive. To learn more about foundation repair methods in Sugar Land, please visit our web site at DuraPierFoundationRepair.com and then give us a call to perform a free, no obligation inspection. If foundation repair is needed, our Certified Foundation Repair Specialist (CFRS), will explain all of your options, and leave a written estimate. Dura Pier offers both foundation repair methods, Bell Bottom Piers and Pressed Pilings, and preventative measures such as Root Barriers, French Drains, and Moisture Maintenance Systems.
Call today and find out why Dura Pier Foundation Repair was the only foundation repair company to earn the Better Business Bureau’s prestigious Award Of Excellence the last 3 years in a row, and consistently maintains an A+ rating and Gold Star for superior customer service.