Not too long ago, professionals were challenged to create a structure, other than copper, that is sustainable, cost-effective, and high performing. Environmental building designs had shifted and the industry needed something new that could do the job. However, the new technology we have helps find the happy medium of being environmentally safe as well as still making money.
If you live in a flood-prone area, you most probably know that the effects of failing to prepare for a flood in Houston can range from slight discomfort to devastation. Thanks to the National Weather Service, which issues flood watches and warnings when flooding is possible or imminent, floods no longer take us by surprise. But just being aware of a potential flooding event cannot help you prevent water damage to your home. The following guidelines are designed to help you properly prepare for a flood and protect yourself, your family, and your home during and after one.
During the summer, many homeowners love spending time outdoors and tending to their flower beds. On the downside, maintaining a beautiful flower bed can take a lot of time and effort, especially during the hot summer months. Luckily, there’s a much easier way to work more efficiently, so you can spend more time enjoying your flower bed than tending to it. And it all starts with choosing the right flowers, plants, and trees.
Poor drainage and uncontrolled water runoff are two factors that could cause water to collect near your home. Water pooling around your foundation can lead to various issues, including pest infestations, wood rot, mold growth, and extensive damage to your home and additional structures like walkways, driveways, porches, and patios. All these can significantly lower the value of your property.
With the summer fast approaching, commercial property owners, facility managers, and homeowners alike should consider the most effective ways to protect the structural integrity of their properties before the hot weather sets in. To help, we’ve put together a succinct guide that explains how you can prepare and maintain your lawn in order to prevent foundation damage during the hottest summer months.
House lifting can be a scary phrase - especially when it comes to imagining the cost of doing the lifting. Any foundational repair has a range of costs - but usually, the benefits far outweigh the costs of the repair. Foundations are an essential part of a home’s integrity, and without it, you lose some peace of mind. A secure foundation can be what keeps a home standing during a natural disaster, so it is imperative to make sure that foundations are in good standing at all times. Flooding can weaken a foundation immensely, so being sure that a foundation is above the flood lines is something that every homeowner should consider. In this blog, we will outline the benefits of house lifting in Houston, and exactly what the costs are.
With April showers come May flowers, but also the chance of flooding! Frequent rain, and lots of it, can mean that your foundation is not able to withstand the extra water and potentially end up damaging not only the foundation but also the integrity of the house. There are a few different ways that your home can be elevated, whether by raising and extending the foundation or by building a new upper story. Both have their pros and cons, and we will go over exactly how this is done in the rest of this guide.
Trees are a wonderful addition to any home's landscape - they are beautiful to look at, they can offer shade and reprieve from the elements, and they can even do things like filter your water, and reduce erosion and greenhouse gases! While all of these are the perks that make trees a valuable asset to your lawn, there is a downside - when the tree roots start to take over your sewer pipes. This can be a major problem, not only because it can impact your plumbing, but because plumbing leaks and issues can lead to foundational problems, and a whole other slew of costs to do those repairs. In order to avoid breaking the bank, you need to know how to stop these roots, which is why Allied has put together this guide on how to prevent tree roots in sewer pipes.
It is not always easy to know what to expect of the unkown - and for most, the unknown is foundation problems! There are a lot of causes to foundation issues, and there are a lot of ways to resolve them, but the first step is always going to be a foundation inspection. This can be an unknown in and of itself, so Allied Foundation has put together a guide on what a home foundation inspection involves, and how to get one for free!
There are a few signs that your house could be showing that means you could have a few different leveling issues - and most of them are the signs that indicate foundation issues! A house that needs leveling is a house whose foundation has shifted, leaving the house sloped and uneven. Most of the indicators are those that homeowners are forewarned to look for - cracks in the walls, doors that won't close, and plumbing issues that result in slow drainage. These are, however, only some of the indicators, so Allied Foundation has put together this list on when to know when your home needs leveling so that you can get the help you need when you need it!