Do you have one of those older houses that has an addition that's got a different foundation than the original section? Building codes are supposed to prevent this type of thing but nevertheless these "Frankenstein monsters" are out there.
Don't freak out. When it comes to these "Austin weird" foundations, it'll never get too weird for us..
Actually there is a very common way that a multi-type foundation can occur. It's when folks decide to turn the garage into an office or spare room. We see these all the time. In fact if the garage or car port hadn't been converted to a room, the crack in that slab would probably go unnoticed forever.
A similar scenario is when a porch or patio is integrated into the main structure. Whereas garages almost universally have concrete slab floors, patios and porches can go either way, and it's not unheard of for them to end up with the opposite foundation type of the house their attached to.
Sometimes an addition with a non-matching foundation was a sneakily built without permits or inspections. This is where things get touchy.
This is where you get into trouble. In fact, this can be a bigger headache than the actual foundation issues. If you suspect you might have an illegal addition, you'll want to work with a building contractor - and perhaps a lawyer to get everything sorted out. Chances are foundation repairs will be part of the remediation process and we are here for you when it's time to deal with that part.
Whatever the situation, our foundation inspectors have seen it all and will be able to put together a plan to get your structure shored up and leveled. And when the work is done, you'll have piece of mind knowing that you won't have to think about your foundation again for a very, very long time.
Foundation Problems Do Not Only Occur In Old Houses
According to Consumer Reports, foundation issues can be found in approximately 15 percent of all new homes.
You might think this is from shoddy construction, and while occasionally that might be the case, more often than not it simply happens because the ground can shift beneath new homes just as easily as old ones. The "good thing" about discovering foundation issues in a newer house is you have the opportunity to catch it before it gets really bad.
This means it’s vitally important to have your foundation inspected even if your house or building is relatively new. At True Foundation Repair Austin we highly recommend yearly inspections. It's an economical way to catch issues as before they get out of control and actively protect the value of your home investment.
At the very least you should keep an eye out for any warning signs, and call us to have a look as soon as you notice any potential symptoms (more on this bellow).
Types of Foundations
There are three common basic types of foundations in most home and business structures. These are a pier and beam, a poured slab on grade and basement foundations. Pier & beam and slab are the most common in Austin and Central Texas. We don’t see many basements, though there are a few out there. For more detailed descriptions of these foundation types and others click on the names above or use the Services link in the navigation bar for specific foundation types.
When something goes wrong with a foundation it can rapidly deteriorate and cause the building to list. This makes it important to call us immediately if you want to avoid serious consequences that can develop when simple problems are neglected.
Symptoms Of A Damaged Foundation
When foundation issues aren’t caught and remediated quickly they can turn into a costly and time consuming project. The sooner you catch and repair problems the better chance you’ll have of keeping costs down and not having what started as a simple issue causing big headaches down the line.
Indications of foundation problems can include:
An Ounce Of Prevention Saves A Ton Of Concrete & Jacks.
Here in Austin our soils swell, shrink and wash out from our intense heat, precipitation, and bouts of winter ice. This will stress a concrete slab causing settling and cracks, and disrupt pier and beam structures causing them to develop a whole host of issues. When this type of damage occurs the house can become off level and eventually require major foundation work. But, if you keep an eye on your structure you can nip these things in the bud before they get sideways on you.
Here are some precautions to take and things to look out for:
Needless to say neglecting obvious signs of a foundation problems can result in serious repair situations later on including having the internal structure of the house to shift, causing severe damage to the support beams and other parts of the building. This can result in very expensive internal repairs - in addition to remediating your foundation issues.
At True Foundation Repair Austin we offer a wide range of foundation inspection and repair services in the Austin, TX area for residential and commercial structures. Whether you have a crack or require more serious foundation repairs, we have the expertise and experience to put your home back on her feet and keep things on the level for many years to come.
If you believe your foundation may need repair, give us a call.
We will send an experienced inspector to your location to have a look. If they find issues, they’ll explain the situation in detail and outline the options available to put your home back on a strong foundation. If you are planning on selling your home, a foundation is the first thing the building inspector will look at. If it has cracks or other damage, as a rule, the sale cannot be completed unless the problem is corrected. We’re here to help. We’ll get your foundation repaired and in great shape so you can get your house on the market fast.
We Strive To Provide The Best Foundation Repair Services In Austin
Our goals on every job are:
You Know You Don’t Want To Put This Off Any Longer. Call Or Use The Form Above To Schedule Your Foundation Inspection!
We are your Austin, Texas foundation repair specialists! Our business is giving you peace of mind regarding the condition of your residential or commercial foundation. Give us a call at _____________ or use the form on the right to request a quote, and lets set up an appointment for your inspection. We'll come out in a jiffy, check out your foundation, determine if any repairs need to be made, and give you a quote.
Then you can finally check “call someone about foundation” off your todo list!
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