Have you recently noticed any changes in your foundation? In that case, they could have been caused by the normal settling process or specific foundation problems. Because sometimes it’s easy to confuse normal settling, which is also called uniform settlement, with foundation failure, we wrote this blog post to explain the most important differences between the two. After all, being able to recognize the early signs of foundation failure is key to avoiding expensive home repairs.
Buying a home with stunning views of the Galveston Bay or a beautiful lake is a dream for many people who live in Houston or surrounding areas. Not only is living near the water a fun, relaxing, and uplifting experience; waterfront properties are also wise investments, as they tend to appreciate more than inland properties.
Besides improving our homes’ curb appeal and cooling our living spaces in the summer, trees and shrubs play a vital role in reducing pollution by purifying the air we breathe. Given these benefits, it’s no wonder that many homeowners who live in Sugar Land, TX, choose to plant different species of trees and shrubs around their properties.
Elevating your Texas City home can help you avoid becoming one of the millions of Americans whose houses face the threat of destructive floods every year. Although raising a structure above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) isn’t easy or cheap, lifting your home is one of the few things you can do in order to protect it from rising water, particularly if you live in a flood-prone area.
Just like many other cities in Texas, Katy is characterized by soil with high clay content. Because this type of soil has a relatively high swell-shrink capacity, it could spell trouble for your Katy home’s foundation. This is particularly true if you’ve failed to take the necessary preventive measures, which are effective at eliminating or at least reducing the risk of foundation damage caused by expansive clay soils.
Engineered wood and solid hardwood floors are two gorgeous flooring options that can add a touch of sophistication to any Houston home. On the downside, the appearance, performance, and durability of these floors can be affected by a series of problems. Typically, a floor that feels soft when you step on it is the first sign that indicates there is an issue with it.
Affordable housing options, continued job growth, cultural diversity, and world-class attractions are some of the factors that make Houston a great place to live. Sadly, we cannot say the same thing about its soil. Having a high clay content, Houston’s soil is extremely vulnerable to seasonal fluctuations, which cause it to significantly expand during the winter and shrink just as much in the summer.
If you’ve recently noticed cracks in your drywall, you probably ask yourself whether they’re dangerous or not. Although we’ll try to answer all of your questions about drywall cracks in this blog post, let’s start off with some good news: drywall cracks aren’t always flagging a serious problem. Cracks can form in drywall due to various reasons, such as improper drywall installation, changes in humidity and temperature, and normal settling of the home.
Has Houston been experiencing long periods of time without rain? If so, then you need to act accordingly for the health of your foundation, as periods of extreme weather can damage the structure of your home.
Although the hurricane season is fast approaching, it’s not too late to prepare your home before a big storm heads your way. While there are different things you can do to hurricane-proof your property, lifting your home is the most efficient way to reduce its risk of flooding during hurricanes, tropical storms, or heavy rains. Since hurricanes and tropical storms are expected to occur more often in the future, elevating your home as soon as possible is critically important in order to protect your living space from flood-related damage and avoid all the hassles and costs associated.