Although snowfall is quite rare in Houston, the cold weather can sometimes bring freezing temperatures, ice, and copious amounts of snow. What’s more, specific factors, such as cold air interacting with relatively warm, humid air, could cause a winter storm to occur unexpectedly, just as it happened in many locations across Texas a few weeks ago.
The season for spring landscaping is almost here, and many Houstonians are looking at what they can do to boost the curb appeal of their homes. One of the simplest ways to improve your home’s curb appeal is to implement specific landscaping ideas that can transform your property into a relaxing oasis this summer. Whether you choose to plant trees, shrubs, flowering plants, or ornamental grasses, installing root barrier systems is the only way to protect your home’s foundation, garage, walkways, driveways, and other structures from potential structural damage.
Not only do sewer overflows lead to unpleasant odor problems, but they can also cause property damage and unhealthy living conditions. In addition, the clean-up and drying out process after a sewage spill can take several weeks in enclosed spaces, like your home or crawlspace. The failure to clean and dry out your crawlspace and living areas properly and as quickly as possible could lead to musty odors that may persist in your home long after you’ve finished cleaning. As well, mold could develop underneath your flooring, inside your walls, cabinets, and in any other enclosed spaces that have been exposed to sewer water.
If you live in Texas, you already know that droughts can have a devastating effect on the environment. But what many Texans don’t know is that a prolonged drought can adversely impact our homes as well. In an effort to combat the adverse effects of droughts, water use restrictions are put into place by local governments throughout the year. These restrictions along with specific strategies, such as the inter-basin water transfers, are helping us to better address the cyclical pattern of droughts and floods while meeting the water needs of the entire region. Despite these positive aspects, water conservation practices in conjunction with recurring drought conditions often lead to lower soil water content, which in turn can compromise the structural integrity of our homes.
In addition to giving you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your loved ones are protected during flood events, home elevation allows you to continue living in your own home and in the same neighborhood while saving you a lot of money that you would otherwise spend to repair your home every time it’s damaged by a flood.
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.
While the internet abounds with blog posts, articles, and tutorials offering advice and tips on how to prep your Houston home for the winter, there is very little advice on what you can do in order to keep your home in tip-top condition during the winter months. Even if you have already prepared your home for the chilly weather, here are a few simple maintenance tasks that could help you prevent damage to your home during the last few weeks of winter.
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.