Expansive Clays. Can’t live with them. Can’t live without them.
If you live in the San Antonio or Austin areas, you know the havoc these soils can wreak on a slab on grade foundation system. But do you know how simple it is to prevent clay soil slab damage while at the same time improving its performance potential?
To date, a method for evaluating residential foundations that combines the various civil, geotechnical, and structural evaluation aspects of residential foundation systems into one concise document geared for Texas soils has not been authored. With its wide acceptance and ongoing use by most professionals, the “Guidelines for the Evaluation and Repair of Residential Foundations” version 2” thus becomes an accepted structural inspection standard in Texas.
It appears like a route on a roadmap, a squiggly line inching from the corner of the door toward the ceiling. It gets wider, like an expanding thoroughfare.
Then, the door that had been a little stubborn won’t open at all.
Is it a sure sign of doom for a homeowner, the signal of foundation failure? Or is it just another sign of a long dry spell?