The state of Texas is home to more than 1,300 different types of soil. For example, Dallas, Texas lies in the Blackland Prairie land resource area. The soil in this part of the state is made up of deep, dark-gray to black alkaline soils. —
In the western portion of the land resource area, the soils may be shallow to moderately deep and are situated over clay. On the eastern edge of the resource area, the clays and loams are grayish and run from neutral to slightly acid. They sit atop mottled clay subsoils.
These Blackland soils are often referred to as cracking clays because they are prone to deep, large cracks in dry weather. As a result, foundations may sustain damage. Homeowners need to be aware of soil mechanics and how they can affect the foundation of their home to ensure any damage is caught and fixed promptly.
Tarrant County is home to Fort Worth and falls into three land resource areas. The southeastern portion of the county is within the Blackland Prairie region. However, the central part of the country sits in the Eastern Cross Timbers area and the western portion of the country falls in the Grand Prairie land resource area.
Upland soils in the Eastern Cross Timbers land resource area tend to be light-colored, slightly acidic and deep. They may be either sandy loams or loamy sands and they often include reddish clay or loamy subsoils. In contrast, the bottomland soils run from reddish-brown to dark gray and slightly acidic to alkaline. They may be loams or gray clays.
In the Grand Prairie land resource area, the upland soils are alkaline clays that tend to be dark-gray. Some are stony while others are shallow and sit over limestone. However, certain areas actually consist of loamy soils that are light in color and are situated atop chalky limestone.
On the other hand, bottomland soils found along the Brazos and Red rivers tend to be reddish clays and silt loams. There are some bottomlands in the land resource area that are dark-gray clays and loams, however.
With so many types of soil found in these two counties and the surrounding areas, it's imperative to know what one is dealing with when a foundation problem arises. The wrong type of repair can lead to problems in the future and/or additional damage which no homeowner wants.
However, the soil is only one factor that needs to be considered during a foundation repair. Rainwaters and floods may cause problems with a home's foundation and the same is true of a plumbing leak. Other contributing factors might include large tree roots negatively affecting the foundation and poor soil compaction.
When choosing a foundation repair provider, homeowners need to ask lots of questions. The company providing the repair should be able to explain why the problem occurred and offer options when it comes to making repairs.
Furthermore, the company should be experienced in the different soil composition, as Pinnacle Foundation Repair is, and carry insurance to protect both the workers and the client. A warranty ought to be offered on all work completed, and ask about any additional guarantees that come with the work. It's always better to ask too many questions when having work done on the home rather than not enough. Keep this in mind as the choice of foundation repair provider is made.
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