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FAQ's

 

Q: We don’t sit on a fault line. Why do foundations in Central Texas shift or weaken in the first place?

 
While it's true that we don’t expect an earthquake around these parts anytime soon, many other environmental factors can play a role in weakening or shifting a foundation. For one thing, the soil continuously undergoes changes in moisture content. As the ground dampens and dries up over and over again, it expands and contracts, pushing and pulling against the foundation until its eventually gives way under the strain. Older foundations in particular are prone to these issues, but modern construction materials and techniques such as the ones used by Crown Foundation, do a better job of accommodating the behavior of Texas clay soils from season to season.
 
Q: Can I boost the value of my home by having the foundation repaired?
 
A: Getting your foundation inspected and repaired won’t make your home increase in value, but it sure can keep that value from decreasing. When you restore your foundation to like-new condition, you’re ensuring that it will retain its structural integrity and hold its current value, for many years to come. The fact that you have a lifetime transferable warranty should also prove a very attractive plus in the eyes of most prospective buyers, putting you in a more favorable negotiating position at closing. And if you’re adding a room to your home that does add value, obviously you’ll want to start with a properly leveled foundation.
 
Q: If I want to add a new room to the house, do I have to install a full foundation underneath it, or can I simply build it onto my cement patio?
 
A: It depends on how well the patio is anchored to the rest of the home and into the ground underneath it. If you have any doubts about the strength and stability of your patio or its ability to withstand the load of a whole new room, give us a call and we’ll come out and evaluate it for you.
 
Q: How do I know if my foundation needs work?
 
A: Look for certain telltale signs that the load in your home is being distributed irregularly. The most obvious early symptom is trouble opening or closing your doors and windows. As the foundation starts to shift, door frames and window casements will lose their symmetry. Watch out for cracks that start to form in your exterior brick. As the foundation problems grow worse, the entire layer of brick may separate away from the exterior wall and the mortar between bricks may crack and crumble. You may even see the exterior wall of your garage start to lean at an unnatural angle. If you see any of these red flags, don’t wait for things to get worse — contact us right away.
 
Q: How drastic does a foundation job have to be? Do I have to invest in a major repair, or can I get by with some simple maintenance work?
 
Again, it depends on your situation. Sometimes when the damage appears minor and relatively non-threatening, maintenance measures might do the trick, at least in the short term. Once the shifting has gotten past acceptable tolerances, however, you may need  more extensive foundation work. We will evaluate your foundation carefully and present you with as many options as we can while giving you our expert recommendation on what needs to be done.