Regardless of whether your home has been damaged by a flood or not, elevating it above the Base Foot Elevation (BFE) is a great strategy to prevent, or at least mitigate, potential flood-related damage in the future. Although elevation isn’t required for the homes built before the current construction standards, unless the homeowners decide to rebuild completely, lifting your home is advisable considering that flash flooding tends to become more frequent with climate change. In this blog post, we’re going to answer the question “Why should I get my home elevated?” by presenting the most important benefits of lifting your home.
If you’ve just discovered one or more cracks in your newly built home, how worried should you be about them? Well, it depends. While many homeowners believe that cracks shouldn’t appear in new homes, the opposite is usually true.
A chimney that’s leaning away from a home can be very dangerous. Besides the fact that loose bricks could fall and injure people and pets or cause property damage, a tilting chimney could be a sign of other foundation problems that may require immediate attention.
If you’ve noticed any foundation problems, fixing them is the best decision you can make despite all the horror stories you might have heard of. The good news is that most of the horror stories about foundation repairs are based on several myths that we’re going to debunk in this post. Dispelling the most common myths and misconceptions about foundation repair is essential because that’s the only way you can get to the root of foundation problems and obtain the professional help you need in order to fix specific issues.
Plumbing system failures could lead to major damage to your furnishings and home. Regardless of the piping materials and system you have in your home, all pipes and fittings will fail eventually. Typically, that happens due to age, major fluctuations in water pressure and temperature, inadequate maintenance, improperly installed pipes, and/or faulty components. Because most of your piping system, including joints and fittings, is hidden inside your walls, floor, and ceiling, identifying the subtle signs of plumbing problems before they actually occur and knowing the expected lifespan of your plumbing materials and components could help you prevent unexpected plumbing failures that can end up costing you a small fortune.
PEX piping is made of polyethylene whose molecules are chemically or mechanically linked together for superior flexibility and resistance to mechanical stresses. Because PEX is also resistant to the chemicals and compounds in the water, it’s approved for use in plumbing systems in all 50 states, including Texas.
Whether you’re building or remodeling your home, choosing the most suitable piping material is critically important in order to have a functional plumbing system without encountering any problems for many years to come. Although there are many piping materials available on the market today, PEX is being increasingly used in residential and commercial plumbing applications.
For many decades, copper has been the material of choice for commercial and residential plumbing systems. Although specific characteristics, including heat and high-pressure resistance, still recommend copper for home plumbing, this material can fail sooner than expected due to a wide variety of factors. Additionally, copper is more expensive than other plumbing materials, which are increasingly being used as viable alternatives to traditional materials.
Since the first aqueducts were built more than 2,000 years ago, people have relied on different water supply systems to get potable water to and throughout their homes. But with the introduction of modern plumbing systems, increasing numbers of people have been complaining about different noises coming from pipes.
Many homes in our area, including the best-designed ones, are bound to run into foundation problems at some point. Typically caused by differential settlement, seasonal weather changes, expansive soils, and/or poor drainage, serious foundation problems are quite difficult and costly to fix. But considering that these problems can cause major structural damage to your home, fixing them is of paramount importance in order to keep your home in top shape.