The substructure of your home is it’s most important structural feature. It goes with out saying that you must have a sound foundation for your home to realize it’s full value. Even Marilyn Monroe understood this when she said:
“To put it bluntly, I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation. But I’m working on the foundation.”
Foundation Warning Signs
Signs you have a “superstructure” but need to work on the “foundation”:
- interior wall cracks in the sheetrock near doorways
- cracks in your brick veneer
- brick veneer pulling away from window frames
- interior slab foundation cracks
If your house is experiencing settlement, it can cause cosmetic and easily discovered issues like cracks. Even worse, however, are the unseen issues.
Major house components that may be effected by settlement:
Why Repair a Foundation
All of these components have long term, expensive consequences if not fixed. Namely, water damage. You could argue that damage to your roof, your framing and your plumbing could all cause water damage. The longer you wait to repair the underlying problem the more it will cost to repair it. Not only will the cost of repairing the foundation increase with time, but so will fixing all of the problems that the bad foundation caused.
At the heart of it all is your foundation. If you have discovered any of of the warning signs of a bad foundation, the first step is to schedule a foundation repair estimate.
Our experts have years of experience here in Houston and can, within an hour, or so, determine the cause, the solution, and cost (if any) to repairing your foundation.
Cause of Foundation Problems
In the Houston area, the ground is predominantly clay. Clay has a nasty feature of being able to expand and contract based on water content. If it’s been raining a lot, the ground around your home will expand. If there’s a drought, clay drys out and contracts, leaving a void of soil volume. When this void occurs underneath or near your home’s foundation, it may start giving way and settling.
Cost of a Foundation Repair
There is no one size fits all when it comes to foundation repair. Therefore, the cost is impossible to state without a foundation inspection. However, to give you a ball park figure, costs can range from under $1000 for simple drainage fixes to tens of thousands of dollars for a foundation rebuild. You may find more information on this here: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/foundations/what-you-need-know-about-foundation-repairs/
The City of Houston also offers an assistance program for home repair, which includes foundations. If you fit the criteria, you may be able to qualify for some monetary assistance. Check it out here.