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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