I normally write my articles in interesting to the repair of foundations. But having met one of my competitors in the brick repair industry, I think I may have changed my mind about what is best for your home.
You must first know that in Texas, our soils are constantly expanding or contracting. This is determined by how wet or dry the soil is, and that's where this story will begin.
Most foundation repair companies boast pillars under your house that is separated into bedrock. But what is really happening, every pillar is pressed to the point of refusal. Therefore, even after having the expensive foundations repaired your house is still sensitive to a continuous moment and yes even cracks of brick and mortar.
Many companies specializing in brick repair or repair of masonry cracks can repair signs of foundation movement. But can they offer a solution to expensive foundation repair methods? Not all can. But there are some. New masonry repair practices have emerged in recent years. Bring with them a change in the way some companies approach your masonry bricks and cracked masonry.
For example: Did you know that according to standard FHA practices, a foundation is allowed to display negative movement up to an inch in twenty feet? This means that most DFW homes that have settlement signs are within the limits of the tolerable allowance set by the FHA. That being said, why should someone spend the kind of money needed for the repair of the foundation, when there are other options available?
One of these options is to regularly cut an expansion joint or expansion joint spaced about ten feet along cracked brick walls or showing signs of significant masonry problems. This will allow some movement while transferring brick cracks into the control joint rather than allowing the mortar to crack.
Another new idea now proposed by a company is to install around the house an underground irrigation system that typically accounts for about one-third of the cost of repairing the foundations. This bold new system can work all year round and will maintain soil moisture around most foundations.
Here's how it works:
Moisture meters are placed around the perimeter of the house or structure that sends a signal to a timer that controls a switch that regulates the flow of water. water in the underground sprinkler system. It sounds simple and it really is. But by installing these type systems and following a few minor maintenance practices, you can back up your foundation, your brick and the remaining structures for very little money.
Brick masonry and mortar cracks can be repaired to match the original appearance and your home will withstand the test of time.
It's my two cents. I hope it helps, and I look forward to hearing from you.