Compared to renting, owning a home brings along a series of considerable advantages, including a greater sense of stability, predictable housing expenses, tax breaks, and the freedom to make different energy-efficient upgrades and decorate your home the way you want. But along with all these benefits comes the responsibility to maintain your home on a regular basis. Although maintaining your home isn’t necessarily fun, different DIY projects could help you improve your skills and boost your confidence, while preventing costly repairs and preserving your home’s value.
Whether you decided to remodel your Houston home because it was damaged by flooding or because you want to upgrade it so that it better meets your needs and wants, it’s advisable to have a foundation inspection performed before you get started on your renovation plans.
A sinking foundation is one of the worst types of damage that could happen to a home, especially when the floor and concrete slab are sloping toward the middle of the home. Depending on the foundation problems identified, a specialist may recommend specific repair methods. For instance, driven concrete piers or pile guard piers, or a combination of both, could be installed underneath the outer edge of the foundation to support a side of the foundation that has started to sink. Sometimes, however, a foundation requires additional support, especially if it’s sinking in the middle.
Stucco cracks are usually caused by wrong mixing proportions, insufficient or excessive mixing, drying shrinkage due to the rapid evaporation of water from the stucco, seasonal changes, and seismic movement. But there are two more less-common causes of cracks in stucco: the normal settling of the home and differential settlement.
When it comes to lowering the cost of flood losses and rebuilding, flood insurance is one of the few tools that Houston homeowners can use in order to cover the losses caused by flooding. Unfortunately, even the most comprehensive flood insurance policy cannot prevent flood-related damage to your home and save you the trouble of repairing and cleaning your home after a flood.
Home elevations are complex projects that require careful planning and preparation. While not the most enjoyable component of an elevation project, preparation plays an essential role in ensuring that everything goes smoothly, without delays and additional costs. To help, we’ve created a guide that outlines the basic steps you should follow when preparing your home for elevation.
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 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.
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.