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Home Foundation Repair
Noble Foundation Repair, Inc. is a Houston Based Contractor in Houston, Texas. We take pride in helping property owners repair dangerous, unsound and unsightly, broken foundations. We provide contracting services for residential and commercial clients who need to address those foundation issues with their property. We repair settling, bowing, cracked, and damaged foundations using techniques such as block and base, tunneling, slab, and pier and beam work. In conjunction with this, our tunneling skills allow us to address issues such as broken pipes and plumbing issues under the foundation of the property.
Why do structures in the Houston area have so many foundation problems? The answer is the type of soil on which they are built. A majority of the soil in the Houston area has a high content of clay, which is sensitive to moisture and heat fluctuations. Adding water to clay causes it to expand and heave upward, creating pressures from underneath the foundation. When water is withdrawn however, clay soils contract, and in many cases this creates voids that can leave parts of the foundations with no support.
Most of the commercial buildings and homes in the greater Houston area have foundations that are supported on this clay soil. Soil "gives" when a heavy load is built upon it. The setteling of a foundation happens when the load is to much for the supporting soil to handle. The design of multi-story commercial buildings typically plan for expected foundation settlements of several inches. Most homes, however, are structures which apply relatively small loads. These loads should result in fairly minor settlement in their foundations.
The most commonly-constructed foundations is a concrete slab-on-grade. These foundations require a slab strong and stiff enough to counteract the effects of soil movement. As the soil expands or contracts, a well-designed slab should withstand the pressures created by the soil movement, and maintain its initial integrity. Many of these slabs use drilled piers, usually belled at the bottom, and offer many advantages. They transfer the loads from the structure above to deeper soil strata that can be stronger than the surface soils and are less exposed to the moisture fluctuations that cause them to heave or contract.
Pier-and-beam foundation systems commonly known as a crawl-space foundation systems, do not involve a concrete slab. The floor is framed with wood stringers and joists (or trusses) that are raised above the ground, typically three to four feet. The wood framing is supported on continuous grade beams and pony walls, or on pilasters, usually of concrete masonry block, supported either on drilled piers or spread footings. Many older houses, and a large number of new houses in the Heights area, are constructed with this system.
Other foundation systems, such as driven piles, can be used, but their use is infrequent and normally limited to certain localities. Such piles are very common in Galveston, where flood plain requires that the floor is lifted considerably high above the ground.
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