Your home is many times the family's largest investment. If doors aren't closing properly, or you start to notice cracks in walls you may suspect your foundation is shifting. Instead of hiring a company that sells foundation repairs, you should seek the advice of an independent structural engineer. A GeoDynamics engineer can provide insights about your home.
GeoDynamics has assessed thousands of home foundations, providing unbiased insight and information to homeowners. A foundation repair is not required in every instance. Below are a few excerpts of actual home inspections, their cause and resolution:
single family residence in Garland, TX
- symptoms: new homeowner (30 year old residence) reported a slab crack in the master bedroom foundation plus a few brick/brick mortar cracks.
- inspection revealed: the foundation was generally level but there had been some foundation movement occur several years prior to his purchase but the foundation had not moved significantly since.
- solution: make cosmetic repairs to the brick and inject the slab crack with epoxy glue prior to installing the new floor covering.
single family residence in Plano, TX
- symptoms: homeowner cited sticking doors, sheetrock and brick cracks.
- inspection revealed: front ½ of house had settled about 3” because of faulty compaction of the fill material (dirt) used by the builder to level the front portion of the lot prior to installing the foundation.
- solution: GeoDynamics recommended installing steel piers (pilings) to provide support for the front of the foundation. The homeowner also asked GeoDynamic’s engineer to be present during the lifting of the foundation.
single family residence in Dallas, TX
- symptoms: homeowner reported typical cosmetic damage to the sheetrock and brick. She had several foundation repair contractors inspect the foundation and each one of them gave a different analysis with a different solution.
- inspection revealed: the back portion of the foundation had been constructed out of level by the builder but the front portion of the foundation had settled because of the desiccation of the soils (caused by a record breaking drought and the close proximity of several mature trees).
- solution: install a root barrier between the trees and the foundation plus prudent watering of the soils around the foundation. Observe the performance of the foundation for a year or so (at least through a wet and a dry season). If, after a year, there is evidence of continuing movement, re-evaluate the foundation.
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