The story says that the wise man built his house on rock and the house withstood longer than the one that the not so wise man built on sand. Of course, we are paraphrasing here and we don’t want to offend anybody by doing so, so please excuse us if we missed parts of the story! While it would certainly be wise to build on harder soil none of the people in this story lived in Lubbock. Around here and most other areas of Texas, we really don’t have much choice and we have to build on expansive soil. This type of soil can cause more damages on a yearly basis than natural disasters. As it contracts with the lack of water and expands when there is too much of it giving the structures on top of it a very wild ride. How can we fix this? Well, there are a couple of options available.
Concrete / Steel Pilings
One of the ways to level a house is to literally insert pilings that compensate the height that is lacking on one side of the house. Think of it like placing a napkin under a table leg to make it stop wobbling. The concept is exactly the same. The problem here is that because of the soil the house does not sink or raise evenly. If it did that, then you would have problems with cracks or anything like that. The problem here is that one part can sink or raise and leave the other one behind. Even if they were originally built on what was an even surface at the time.
Applying Seals Or Foam Injections
We usually take this route when the difference in height between the structures is not that significant. Applying these chemicals can compensate for the lack of height in one side of the concrete slab that the house will typically be sitting on. These injections can also be applied to specific areas around the house like walls or doors that have already begun to crack.
What Can I Do To Avoid These Issues?
One of the things that some fancy construction companies do to make sure that they don’t have these problems is to literally take out the expansive soil that is sitting around the lot that they want to build and on and bring in new soil that will not cause as much damage. Even then you are not guaranteed to be able to avoid these issues altogether. What we recommend is timely maintenance to all of your structures. This will help give you more options on how to properly repair an uneven structure.
How Long Do These Repairs Take?
We really can’t put a timetable on all repairs. All we can say is that obviously the quicker you tend to a developing issue the shorter the time it will typically take to repair. We typically will offer different options on how to repair your pending issue when you call us in.