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  • Houston, Hurricanes and Bad Storms- Is your home ready

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    Although Florida tends to bear the brunt of many powerful storms, the threat of a hurricane’s impact on Texas is not to be taken lightly. As Houstonites, our proximity to the Gulf Coast puts our families and our homes in danger of the hazards that hurricanes bring with them. High winds, heavy rains and extreme flooding can damage a home severely if precautions are not taken.

    Preparing your home can be as simple as bringing potted plants indoors or securing patio furniture and grills; however, roofs are the most sensitive to high winds. Metal hurricane connectors should be tied to exterior walls in order to protect against the “uplift” effect. These connectors can be found in home improvement stores.

    Installing storm shutters over windows is an easy and effective way to protect your family from shattered glass. Don’t forget to cover skylights and sliding glass doors too.

    Another safety hazard to consider is the garage door. Garage doors can wobble and get thrown from their tracks. In some severe cases, the entire door can collapse. Retrofit kits can help to secure the door and may be found in home improvement stores as well.

    Hurricane season won’t be over until November 30th, so make sure your home is secure and reinforced with the necessary add-ons to keep you and yours safe. And as always, a secure home always starts with a steady foundation. Be sure to have yours inspected and keep an eye out for any signs of problems.

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  • Your Older Home Needs TLC

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    As a house ages, it will eventually need repairs and maintenance. One of the most important parts of an old house in which you need to pay extra attention to is the foundation. If damage develops on this part of the home it can turn into a very expensive repair job.

    Possible Causes:

    As a house ages, so does the materials they are created from. These will get weaker with age, causing them to be more susceptible to damage. These damages can be caused by many different factors, all exacerbated by the age of the house. Routine maintenance to this part of the house is essential in order to save you from the aggravation of going through with the repairs of the foundation.

    Another factor that might cause damage to an old home is water damage. If you have any leaks from your pipes or sewage lines, they might cause harm to your foundation. Sadly, water damage can sometimes be difficult to detect until it is already too late. As soon as you suspect any damage within your foundation your first step should be to have your pipes and sewage lines looked at by a professional. This will help the contractors you hire to repair your foundation find a way to fix your home.

    Cost:

    The cost to repair foundation damage could be very expensive depending on the extent of the damage and the size of your home. In Houston, we see a variety of damage and the best way to determine the cost is calling a professional, and receiving a free estimate. The cost will include labor costs, and materials used in the repair.

    Even though the cost to repair is very high it is a cost you cannot get away from. If you ignore structural damage in the foundation you are only asking for a potential disaster. The cost to rebuild a home will be significantly more than to repair an existing one.

  • Cracked Brick Can Mean Foundation Problems

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    Cracked Brick Can Be a Scary Sight!

    Have you ever walked around the outside of your house and noticed a change in your beautiful brick home? Do you have any cracked bricks? The actual cracked brick can cost you money in different ways. If it is the actual brick itself many problems can occur. The crack in the brick can allow water to enter your home, which could damage structural elements and interior finishes. The moisture could possibly create a mold situation, which can be costly. Those bricks should be replaced quickly. Most home improvement stores sell bricks fairly inexpensively and this small task can be handled by you. But don’t dismiss the bigger problem here.

    If you see actual cracks in the mortar of your brick home, this is a problem that needs immediate attention. 

    Do not confuse a single cracked brick with a crack in the brickwork of your home. As shown above, a crack in the brickwork will usually follow a line from the top to the bottom row of bricks. The crack occurs in or crosses both bricks and mortar joints. A crack in the brickwork is generally a sign that there is a problem with the foundation structure and should be investigated by a professional.

    Rest assured that we will make sure that the process of fixing your foundation is not a scary experience at all.

  • Preventing Foundation Repairs

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    Retaining Walls Can Help Prevent Foundation Repairs

    Most people don’t know that there is a connection between your home’s foundation and the retaining wall found in your yard. Many homeowners think of retaining walls as only decorative design that helps the appearance of sloping landscapes, add terracing, or for designing beautiful flower beds. Much to your surprise, a retaining wall can also provide more than just those benefits. The retaining wall can help prevent foundation repairs.

    What Is a Retaining Wall?

    If done correctly, a retaining wall is an extraordinarily crafted system for the prevention of soil movement and for controlling water flow.  Soil that might drain off or blow away over a period of time, can gain better protection with the simple addition of a retaining wall. Don’t think of a retaining wall as an eyesore, but more of a well-designed landscape that can offer much more to your home. Think of it as a protection from having to do foundation repairs.

    How Can a Retaining Wall Benefit My Foundation?

    Your home’s foundation is constantly affected by the soil underneath it, so protecting the soil is a key role in your foundation maintenance. Your foundation is at risk when the soil under your home shifts, shrinks, swells, or erodes. The great part of the retaining wall will help flowing water move appropriately, which in return, will reduce the risk of soil erosion around your foundation. This simple addition will create more protection for your home’s foundation and is significantly less expensive than potential foundation repairs that might occur at a later date.

    How Do I Know If I Need a Retaining Wall?

    The first step you need to take before you put in a retaining wall is to seek professional input. Because they have such major role in controlling water flow and prevention of soil erosion, retaining walls can also affect other areas of your home, including your neighbors. The professionals will be able to survey the impact of water flow changes and help you avoid any unanticipated problems. In addition, poorly constructed retaining walls will not offer the same benefits, so a professionals opinion will help you select the proper materials and design for your particular situation.

    Remember, retaining walls might not work in every area, but they may be a perfect option in some locations. You might consider a retaining wall if you live in more sloping, uneven terrain or are prone to soil erosions in your area.

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