Sewer Line Inspection & Repair: Everything You Need to Know

By Mark Jacobs on December 30, 2019

Sewer inspections and repairs can seem like a difficult task - but it is actually far easier now than it used to be, at least for the professionals. With technology advancing so quickly, there have been many developments made that allow for problems to be inspected without first needing to dig! There have even been so many developments that some sewer line repairs can be done without having to dig, as well! Though this may seem impossible, we are going to outline the ins and out of a sewer line inspection and repair so that you can have all of the answers and be fully prepared when you request someone to come inspect your sewer lines!

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What is a French Drain?

By Jon on December 19, 2019

French drains may sound fancy, but they are actually very basic! These drains are nothing more than a gravel-lined ditch, with a pipe that is created to carry water away from the home. This is designed to keep water from affecting the foundation and giving you further problems. 

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Should I Install PEX or Copper Piping?

By Jon on December 12, 2019

The plumbing on a home is essential - that's a fact! It is key to being able to live within a home comfortably, and while plumbing repairs are not the most fun repairs to undertake on a house; they are crucial, and part of what makes them so important is picking the correct piping. When it comes to PEX versus copper piping, there are a lot of advantages and disadvantages to each, both of which will be explored in order to help you pick the best piping for your home. 

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Caring for Your Home by the Season: What to do When

By Jon on December 5, 2019

There is always a laundry list of things to do when it comes to taking care of a home, and though some of these things remain the same season to season, there are many things that change with the weather! This guide will take you through the seasons and outline everything you should do to care for your home, and when to do it! 

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5 Signs your Houston Home has Drainage Issues

By Jon on November 25, 2019

Drainage issues may not seem like the end of the world, but the repercussions of foundation issues could eventually mean thousands and thousands of dollars in repair. Drainage issues, and the resulting excess of water, could lead to loss of foundation stability, as well as structural foundation damage. Drainage issues could also cause insect infestations, mold and allergens, which would directly impact the health of those living within the house. Other possibilities for issues caused by poor drainage are termite infestations, and discoloration and premature aging of concrete and exterior brick. These problems range from inconvenient to detrimental, so Allied has put together this guide on 5 signs that your home has drainage issues that need to be addressed.

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How To Prevent My Home's Foundation from Sinking

By Jon on November 22, 2019

Every home experiences some settling over time. It’s especially noticeable within the first 30 years after construction. Occasional creaking is nothing to worry about.

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5 Ways Your Landscaping Choices Can Harm your Foundation

By Jon on November 14, 2019

Landscaping is a wonderful way to turn a home into something spectacular. When making landscaping choices, often, the only thing that is considered is how the yard will look afterward. While this may be an important thought in the beginning, it is important to consider how landscaping choices can impact the rest of your home. Landscaping is crucial to protecting the integrity of your foundation, and often, there is little to no awareness on how different landscaping choices can cause severe damage to a foundation. To shed some light on the issue, Allied has put together this guide on the 5 most common landscaping mistakes that can do damage to your foundation. 

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Sinking Foundations vs Normal Settling: When to be Concerned

By Jon on November 8, 2019

Nothing threatens the integrity of your Houston home in such an alarming way as when you notice signs of foundation distress. In this climate, with its interchange of drought and flood (combined with local soil types), foundation settling can often be quite severe.

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Which Trees Wreak Havoc on Your Foundation?

By Jon on October 28, 2019

Trees are a wonderful thing to have around a home! There are so many benefits to having trees, that often, people do not think about the potential consequences or difficulties that could come from having these trees on a property. While trees do block sunlight, offer a space to sit in the shade, or even mitigate some of the frigid winter wind, trees with shallow root systems are a hazard to foundations. This is often something that is not the main focus or even something that homeowners are aware of, so Allied has put together this guide on which trees wreak havoc on your foundation, and how to prevent foundational damage done by trees. 

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Why Does a Foundation Repair On Your Home Cost So Much?

By Mark Jacobs on October 22, 2019

Foundation repairs are expensive. This is something that is relatively commonly known, but it is not as well known why foundation repairs are so expensive in the first place. There is a lot that goes into estimating the cost of a foundation repair and depending on the different reasons behind the repair, it may impact how much the total cost will be. Different repairs have different costs! However, there are some silver linings to foundation repair, just like with any difficult repair in the home. In this explanation of repair costs, we are going to outline why foundation repairs can be costly, but also why that can be a good thing.

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