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Foundation Damages Affect Home Value

Texas soils are highly expansive

Careful examination of all structural items in the structure and exterior features are evaluated by our inspectors.  Our inspectors have evaluated thousands of pier and Beam and slab foundations. Many times we have detected possible leaks in and under slab foundations by evaluating the areas of settlement and indications that would indicate leaks in plumbing areas that are causing foundation problems.  Door is operated, windows are checked, interior walls and ceilings are viewed for stress and patching, attic rafters and bracing is checked for separations and cracks in the wood supports. The floors are viewed for unevenness and sloping. The exterior the base of the foundation is checked for cracks and imperfections, on pier and beam foundations the inspector will crawl or drag himself though all accessible areas checking for support damage and problems with the beam walls and piers. After all structural components have been examined the inspector will give his or her opinion of performance and any recommendations to further action needed.  If you the buyer see any obvious signs of major foundation problems or the seller has disclosed that there are foundation concerns we would recommend contacting a structural engineer or foundation company to meet the inspector at the property to provide a foundation report.  This page has information and pictures about foundations

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Some causes of foundation problems

Evaporation
Hot dry wind and intense heat will often  cause the soil to shrink beneath the foundation. This settlement may cause  cracks to appear throughout the structure.

Transpiration
Tree roots may dessicate the  soil beneath a home causing the soil to shrink and the home to settle.

Plumbing Leaks
Water from plumbing leaks is  often a cause of foundation problems.

Drainage
Improper drainage is a leading cause  of foundation failure. Excess moisture will erode or consolidate soils and cause  settlement.

Inferior Foundation Construction
Inferior  perimeter beams and insufficient steel in the concrete will contribute to  movement in the slab.

Inferior Ground Preparation
Soft, low density  soils and/or improperly compacted soil beneath a home is the leading cause of  foundation failure. Cut and fill situations should be properly prepared before  the soil is ready to support a structure.

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Soil conditions can cause alarming movement to exterior walls.

We looking for more than the obvious, analyze all components related to the foundation for our clients.

Cracks at porches can extend into the interior and through the slab causing ongoing problems and possible plumbing leaks in or under the slab.

Interior ceiling crack extending 12 feet.

MVC-004S

This crack indicated that the room was sloping to the right and to the back, the floor indicated that there was excessive settlement and later there was 8 piers installed for the buyer of the property, per our report.

Preventive measures can help save your foundation from experiencing problems and possible cracking

Open cable ports

Open cable post and rusting cables can cause the foundation to crack in line with the cable. Sealing the cable port with mortar can help prevent cracking from rusting cables.

door stick

Doors that stick can be from foundation settlement and shifting.

Do it yourself lot preparation

Do it yourself lot preparation

The home owner decided to get the lot ready for building himself.

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