One of the most frustrating things is to buy a home, know that in 10 or 15 years, the house will have foundation issues. I moved into my house in 2003. At the time, the home builder decides to plant some oak trees in the front yard. I’m thinking back to my old home where I lived for over 20 years. Oak trees caused major foundation issues.
Here it is, 2018 and its happening again, but this time to the new home. The oak trees have now matured by 15 years and they are hungry for water…the house is starting to see tiny hairline cracks in the walls and some parts of the 1st floor sheet rock. Also noted are the wear and tear of the fiberglass insulation barrier in the attic that also requires replacing since it affects the cost of electricity.
Its funny how much you learn about home repair once its happened to you more than once. I do know that it will not be cheap to fix the cracked foundation. I also know it will take some time to identify all the cracks in the house and perhaps, its spread to the garage, not sure yet…we’ll see.
Next steps…get a quote from 3 competitive companies and see who I feel the most comfortable with. If it were a simple home repair, I would just get out the drill bit, the tape and fix it myself, but alas only way to find out is to get the bids and see what kind of damage is repairable.
Foundation repair is a great business to be in in areas of clay soil or where there’s dry weather. But during rainy season, good luck with that.
Houston Texas is one location in south of the Northern United States where the soil is mainly clay and climate conditions make it an ideal location for foundation problems. With a populous of more than 2.1 million people, the city of Houston and its surrounding areas such as Sugar Land, Rosenberg, Spring, The Woodlands and other areas make it the ideal place to have foundation issues in many house holds.