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How to Know if Your Home’s Foundation Can be Saved

By Mark Jacobs on December 6, 2018

'Your home has foundation issues' is probably one of the scariest sentences that can be spoken to a homeowner. Finding that a home has problems with the foundation can stop the sale of a house faster than anything. The reason for this is because problems with a foundation can lead to high cost repairs and many headaches. What are you to do, however, if you already own your home and you start to have foundation issues?

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How Soil Conditions Differ by Location & How That Changes Your Home’s Foundation

By Mark Jacobs on November 28, 2018

Before a home can be built, you will need to test the area that you want to build on. The slope, the spoil, and the moisture content will all make a difference. Once the tests have been completed, the information gathered can help determine if the location that you chose is adequate for the placement of your structure.  There are many different types of soils depending on your location, so it is imperative to know what the ground can bare.

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The Cracks in Your Walls Are Gone - Do You Still Have to Worry About your Home’s Foundation?

By Mark Jacobs on November 26, 2018

Have you had the cracks in the walls of your home filled and fixed, but you're still unsure if there is anything else you should do?  You might be wondering if the cracks will come back, and if they return, will they be more prominent than they were previously?  Or maybe you are wondering if you're going to have a constant battle on your hands?
The answers to these questions vary on many factors, including what type of work that has been done.

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Why is Foundation Irrigation Important?

By Mark Jacobs on November 14, 2018

Has your area been experiencing long periods of time without rain, or is your home in an arid climate?  If so, then you need act accordingly for the health of your foundation, as periods of extreme weather can damage the structure of your home.

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How Improper Installation of your Rain Gutters Can Cause Big Problems

By Mark Jacobs on November 13, 2018

If you have rain gutters on your home it is crucial that you inspect them regularly, as they can cause damage to your structure instead of protecting it as it was designed to do.

The damage that rain gutters can produce can be quite costly to repair, so we are going to go over some things to look for. The biggest issues happen when rain gutters are not properly installed, but there are many other factors to keep in mind.

Topics: Drainage
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Fresh Water Lines in Your Home: Should You Use PEX or Copper Piping?

By Mark Jacobs on October 29, 2018

 

Are you at the point of needing to replace the fresh water lines in your home? Or maybe you are looking to build a house and need to know what type of pipe is better, PEX or copper?

Topics: Sewer Lines
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How Foundation Cracks are Sealed

By Mark Jacobs on October 26, 2018

 

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Root Barriers: You Don’t Have to Choose House Over Garden

By Mark Jacobs on October 22, 2018

 

Are you dealing with trees or plants getting too close to your foundation? Perhaps you are already affected by breaches to your foundation from existing plants or trees near your home, and you need to know what you should do next. Alternatively, maybe you have a new home and you want to landscape your property, but you are not sure what you should or should not put near the structure. Perhaps you want to know what you can put into place that can prevent any damage. No matter what your situation is, you have come to the right place to get some answers.

Topics: Root Barrier
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Watering Your Foundation - How to Prevent Costly Repairs

By Mark Jacobs on October 15, 2018

Do you know that if your foundation gets too dry it can damage it? It’s exceedingly important to know what to do when extreme weather conditions affect the soil around the foundation of your home. You will need to know what actions to take to counteract any damage.

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Lead Pipes Are Gone, But Should You Still Worry?

By Mark Jacobs on September 30, 2018

So you have already checked your whole building for pipes that could have be a source of lead. Any that could cause concern have been replaced. However, you are still worried about lead getting into your residence from the community’s water pipeline. This is a concern that some do not stop to think about. But you really should, as your pipes could still cause issues if not researched properly.

Topics: Sewer Lines
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Land Grading and How Draining Issues Hurt Your Home’s Foundation

By Mark Jacobs on September 17, 2018

When building or adding onto a home, it is imperative that the land under and around your foundation be appropriately graded so that you will not have any problems. When you have rain or snow or even when watering your yard, the runoff should not pool next to the home.

Topics: Land Grading
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How to Know if You Have Issues with Your Sewer Pipes

By Mark Jacobs on September 12, 2018

Whether you already know you have problems with your sewer pipes, or you want to know what to look out for if something does happen in the future, it is best to understand the basics. When you can tell if what you are dealing with is something that you might be able to fix yourself, or something you will need to call in a professional for, it makes the whole ordeal much less stressful and easier to handle.

Topics: Sewer Lines
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Getting Rid of Standing Water Around Your Home

By Mark Jacobs on August 30, 2018

 

The landscape of your property and the environment around it play an important role in the health conditions of your building structure and the overall health of your foundation. There are many factors that are responsible for causing structural damage on a building. For example, the humidity and the water index of the soils beneath effect the homes when the soils contract or expand. Depending on the soils water content the response of the soils will immediately be to expand with excess hydrogen particles from water, or to contract and shrink when the aggregate soil lacks hydration.

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3 Types of Foundations & Things to Look Out For

By Mark Jacobs on August 29, 2018

Not sure of what type of foundation you might already have? Are you looking to build a new home and needing to know the options that you might have for a foundation? Understanding the three types of residential foundations used by builders will help arm you with the knowledge needed to make the best decision for your foundation now and for the future.

Topics: Foundation
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Galvanized Pipes - When & Why to Have Them Replaced

By Mark Jacobs on August 24, 2018

Do you own or live in a house that was built before the 1960’s? If your answer is yes, then there is an excellent chance that your home's plumbing has galvanized plumbing unless there has been an upgrade within the last forty-five to fifty years.

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Trees and Their Effect on Your Foundation

By Mark Jacobs on August 22, 2018

Do you have trees on your property and want to know what to look out for concerning your home's foundation? Are you getting ready to build a house and want to know about the effects that trees could have on buildings that you plan on building?

Topics: Foundation
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Common Symptoms of Foundation Issues in Your Home

By Mark Jacobs on August 6, 2018

Do you have an issue with things not quite looking correct in or outside of your home? Maybe you want to know what to look for concerning future problems with your home. You might even fit into the category of looking to buy a house, and you want to make sure you know that you are not getting into something that will end up costing you way more than what you have planned, thus devastating your dream. No matter what category you fall under it is always a good thing to know what to look out for concerning problems that could occur with a home’s foundation.

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Your Older Home Needs TLC

By Mark Jacobs on June 10, 2013

As a house ages, it will eventually need repairs and maintenance. One of the most important parts of an old house in which you need to pay extra attention to is the foundation. If damage develops on this part of the home it can turn into a very expensive repair job.

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Cracked Brick Can Mean Foundation Problems

By Mark Jacobs on May 28, 2013

Cracked Brick Can Be a Scary Sight!

Have you ever walked around the outside of your house and noticed a change in your beautiful brick home? Do you have any cracked bricks? The actual cracked brick can cost you money in different ways. If it is the actual brick itself many problems can occur. 

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Preventing Foundation Repairs

By Mark Jacobs on May 23, 2013

Retaining Walls Can Help Prevent Foundation Repairs

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House Leveling in Houston

By Mark Jacobs on January 18, 2013

Many homes in the Houston area are of the pier-and-beam or block-and-base variety.  Over time, the house begins to settle and crack because the wooden beam foundation at the base can’t support the structure.  Harsh weather conditions like drought or excessive rain play a large role in the structural damage of your home’s foundation.  As a result, the soil underneath these homes will shrink and swell forcing the structure to shift and move.  Other factors that can affect the foundation are age and termites.  Misaligned doors and cracks in drywall are the clearest indicators that your home may need leveling. The process begins when the problematic wooden beams are removed and replaced with new treated wood.  Concrete blocks are then installed and fitted with metal termite darts to keep unwanted critters away.  These concrete base blocks, or pads, are fundamental to the foundation repair.  The house is raised by jacks and...

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Houston, Hurricanes and Bad Storms- Is your home ready

By Mark Jacobs on November 26, 2012

Although Florida tends to bear the brunt of many powerful storms, the threat of a hurricane’s impact on Texas is not to be taken lightly. As Houstonites, our proximity to the Gulf Coast puts our families and our homes in danger of the hazards that hurricanes bring with them. High winds, heavy rains and extreme flooding can damage a home severely if precautions are not taken.

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Isaac bowling straight into Hurricane Alley

By Mark Jacobs on November 23, 2012

As we watch the news here at Allied Foundation, we see Hurricane Isaac making quite an entrance into the Gulf of Mexico (dubbing the unfortunate nickname of Hurricane Alley). Not only has Isaac made its mark on the Florida’s coast, but it’s headed straight toward New Orleans – an area that has been beat up quite enough in recent years and is still trying to rebuild itself after Katrina’s wreckage.

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The Warning Signs of Foundation Distress

By Mark Jacobs on November 23, 2012

Foundation distress can be a real problem and safety issue. The last thing that a new homeowner needs is slab failure. If a homeowner experiences bulging floors, cracked walls and doors that won’t close, there is a large possibility that their foundation is under distress and in great need of repair.

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