Irving Foundation Repairs

Hello, Irving home or business owner! If you’re here, you’ve likely noticed some unsettling cracks in your foundation. That or you’re trying to replace your windows or plumbing, and your contractor recommended that you get your home’s foundation checked first. That’s where Innovative Foundations comes in. Most homes in Texas have either a slab foundation or a pier and beam foundation. Fortunately, we specialize in both. But before we send out one of our foundation specialists for a foundation assessment, let’s get you up to speed on what you can expect. 

Slab Foundation Problems and Repairs

Now, most Irving homes are built on a slab foundation. This means your home was built directly on top of a thick concrete slab. Slab foundations are as simple as they come, and the main characteristic of this foundation solution is that it doesn’t have any crawlspace or a basement beneath it. Most local homebuilders prefer slab foundations because they’re fast to install and they won’t take damage from Irving’s expansive clay soil. The primary issue with building houses on other types of foundations in Texas is that expansive clay soil can swell up to 10% when it gets wet. This puts too much strain on in-ground foundations and leads to cracking, which we’re here to tell you, is dangerous and expensive. 

Homeowners love slab foundations because it reduces the risk of flooding, minimizes damage from rodents and insects, and it’s more cost-effective than other foundations. Some telltale warning signs that your slab foundation needs some TLC are:

  • Foundation cracks
  • Windows and doors that won’t open or close properly
  • Bulging walls
  • Indoor humidity
  • Standing water around your home doesn’t drain
  • Creaky floors

Pier and Beam Foundation Repairs

You’ll seldom see an actual basement in Irving, but you may come across a pier and beam foundation that leaves room for a small crawlspace. This foundation holds your home away from the ground by laying wooden beams on top of vertical ones that are secured in concrete. Pier and beam foundations make work easier for plumbers and electricians, but this foundation is more susceptible to moisture which can lead to foundation deterioration over time. Your pier and beam foundation should hold well for at least 75 years, but there are some things you should look out for when evaluating your foundation’s health:

  • Foundation, wall, and floor cracks
  • Sinking house
  • Foundation upheaval
  • Windows and doors don’t work correctly
  • Gaps around window frames and doors
  • Sagging floors

Innovative Foundations Inspection

Once we get a call about foundation problems, we send a team right out to inspect your home’s foundation. This process will include an interior and exterior examination. While inside, the inspector will determine the severity of any cracks, examine support beams, test windows, doors, and vents, and look for water damage. Outside, they will check how well your yard drains water, inspect cracks, buckling walls, and irregular slopes. Once this process is complete, we can determine if you need a foundation repair at this time. Innovative Foundations will give you a full report outlining the damage to your Irving home’s foundation, repair costs, and a turnaround time estimate. 

Irving Foundation Inspections

If you’re selling your home or preparing to make some upgrades, the first thing you need to take care of is your foundation. When selling a house, you’ll have to disclose foundation problems which will drastically lower the value of your home and may slow down the sale of your home. Meanwhile, investing in home renovations and upgrades with foundation problems is ill-advised because sloping floors and buckling walls could end up breaking things like windows or prevent other things like walls and appliances from being installed properly.