Summer Weather and Foundation Watering

In Texas, on average, the hottest three weeks of the year are the last week of July and the first two weeks of August.  When we get days with peak temperatures over 100 degrees, they are most often concentrated in this three week period.  Late summer...

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Why Clay Soils Shrink and Swell

To understand why soils shrink and swell, you need to understand water molecules and clay molecules. Each water molecule is made of one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms. Each of the hydrogen atoms shares its electron with the oxygen atom. Thus, water...

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Chimneys and Foundation Repair

For purposes of foundation repairs, chimneys can be divided into two groups: 1)  masonry chimneys, and 2) non-masonry chimneys.  The distinction is important because masonry fireplaces with masonry chimneys are very heavy.  A typical three- by six-foot...

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Concrete Foundation Repair

Today, most residential foundations are made of concrete.  The typical foundation actually rests on the ground and is referred to as a slab-on-grade foundation or a floating foundation.  As we all know, the soils move up and down.  A slab that rests...

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Foundations, Freezes, and Pipes in Texas

With respect to freezing and foundations, Texas can be divided into two areas: anyplace where the ground will freeze to a depth below six inches, and the rest of the state.  Generally, the only places where the ground will freeze are west Texas and the...

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Prepping Your Foundation For Fall

The summer has ended, Labor Day has come and gone, and the temperatures have dropped below 90 degrees.  The days when the weather is sucking water out of the ground are over, or are they?  Most homeowners assume that they no longer need to water their...

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