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October 2009

According to the United States Department of Agriculture Travis County features a smorgasbord of soil types. Some of which are great for supporting foundations and others of which pose plenty of problems for construction.

What type of soil is your home or potential new home sitting on?

This blog article will examine Austin soil types using excerpts from the USDA’s report on Soils in Travis County.

According to the report:

Foundations Shrink-swell characteristics of the soil need to be considered in designing a building foundation, particularly if piers are not used below the slab. Such clay soils as those of the Houston Black, San Saba, and Ferris series are particularly poorly suited to building sites. They swell when wet and shrink when dry. This shrinking and swelling exerts such pressure that walls and foundations crack unless they are specially reinforced, sidewalks and driveways crack, and streets and sidewalks deteriorate more quickly.

In otherwords, beware of the type of soil your house is sitting on.

The report defines shrink-swell potential as follows:

Shrink-swell potential is an indication of the volume change to be expected in the soil material as the moisture content changes. Shrinking and swelling of soils causes much damage to building foundations, roads, and other structures. A high shrink-swell potential indicates hazards to the maintenance of structures constructed in, on, or with such materials.

Essentially the shrink-swell potential of a soil refers to the potential for the soil to shrink or swell based on water retention rates. Or when there is more water in the soil it has a potential to swell, when there is less water in the soil it tends to shrink. This can obviously cause problems for a foundation in that the soil underneath has the potential to change based on the amount of moisture in the soil.

Following is a list of the main soil types that cause problems for residential and commercial builders:

  • Houston Black

    The main limitations in use of the soils of this association in urbanization are the shrink-swell characteristics, as they affect foundations and streets.

    The soils of this unit present problems when used in urbanization. There are special problems in designing and maintaining foundations, trafficways, other works of concrete and asphalt caused by a shrink-swell potential.

  • Lewisville Soils

    There are limitations to the use of this unit in urbanization. Some of the hazards are a shrink-swell potential that affects foundations and pavements.

  • San Saba Soils

    The use of this undifferentiated group for urban development presents problems. These problems are caused by the shrink-swell potential, as it affects design, construction, or maintenance of concrete foundations and asphalt trafficways.

  • Tarrant Soils

    Soil characteristics that affect urban development are shrink-swell potential, as it affects foundations and paving.

  • Urban Land and Austin soils/Urban Land, Austin, and Brackett soils

    Some soil characteristics that affect urban development are shrink-swell potential, as it affects foundations and pavings.

  • Urban Land and Ferris Soils

    The use of this group for urban development is limited. Some of the soil characteristics that affect urban construction are shrink-swell potential, as it affects foundations and pavings.

  • Volente soils and Urban Land

    Some of the soil characteristics that affect urban construction are shrink-swell potential, as it affects foundations and paving.

Know your soil, and your potential for problems, before buying a house or deciding on foundation repair.

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Foot in the door foundation repair bidsToday we are going to take a look at the practice that some firms use called “Foot in the door” bids.

What is a “Foot in the door” bid?

  • This is a bid in which a firm comes to a house to inspect a foundation, roof, plumbing, or other service and offers a bid for partial repair, which is much lower than any of the other bids a customer receives. For the purposes of this blog we will focus on foundations.

In this example we will use Firm ABC, Firm JKL, and Firm XYZ as our firms offering bids.

  • Firm ABC comes to the house, inspects the foundation and offers a bid of $8,000 with the job lasting 3 days and minimal disturbance to garden or landscaping.
  • Firm JKL comes to the house, inspects the foundation and offers a bid of $10,000 with the job lasting only 2 days and considerable disturbance to garden or landscaping.
  • Firm XYZ comes to the house offers a bid of $3,000 for 1/4 of the house with the job lasting 3 days and disturbance to only the part of the house being repaired.

All needed repairs for a typical house with moderate foundation damage start around $8,000 -$12,000 but can go as high as $20,000 -$30,000.

via Cost of Foundation Repair – Get Prices and Estimates – CostHelper.com.

Many times, a firm will come to a house, inspect a foundation and get a feel for what a customer is wanting to spend. Most people are not going to be ready to pay $8K – $12K for a foundation repair.

Possibly only part of the house is currently being affected by foundation problems. In this case firm XYZ may claim that only 1/4 of the house is currently being affected by foundation problems and that for a much lower price ($3,000 in this case) the problem can be fixed.

Sounds great, right?

Wrong!

Logically if part of a house is sagging or experiencing foundation problems the soil associated with the house is the same all over, and more than likely at some point in the future another part of the house is going to need foundation repair.

Firm XYZ knows that, once the next part of your house begins sagging, you are more than likely going to call them back to do the repairs on that part of the house. This means more disruption to your landscaping several more days of having firm XYZ at your house, and more headache.

Let’s say over 4 years your whole house ends up needing foundation repair, you pay $3000 each time firm XYZ comes out and they are there for 3 days each time. That would be a total of $12,000 dollars over 4 years plus 12 days of repair time on your house. Not to mention the time they spend coming out to inspect the house each time they are called.

Compared to the other 2 bids this would be much more time than necessary and more than both bids.So in the long run the customer would have spent much more than they had planned and would have had much more time dealing with foundation repairs than necessary.

Be smart, if a house is having foundation problems the whole house needs to be fixed, even if some parts of the house are not showing signs. Putting a band-aid on a problem doesn’t heal the wound.

For a free bid on foundation repair in Austin, Texas contact Superior Foundation Repair. Superior also offers a lifetime transferable warranty on all foundation repair work.

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Superior Foundation Repair - Steel Piers Anchored to BedrockIn order to better serve our customers, Superior Foundation Repair has switched our website hosting from wordpress to Hubspot. Hubspot offers Superior more tools to effectively serve our customers, such as an easy to use Content Management system, and wonderful analysis tools which allow us to make our site easier to use.

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