The excitement of moving into a new home can be hard to match. Stepping into an empty canvas that you watched raise from the ground up can fill your imagination with all of the potential in the world and the memories to come. So when all of your furniture is delivered, arranged perfectly and you’ve even had the housewarming bar-b-que with all of your friends and family, it can be disheartening to begin to notice the signs of foundation damage in your brand new home.
While having foundation problems in newly constructed homes isn’t unheard of, the conditions of south Louisiana’s soil can make it possible. Homes across our state are built on an expansive, clay-laden soil. This soil expands with moisture and retracts with dryness. Of course our tropical climate can inundate the soil that supports our foundation walls and, either wash it away, or saturate it, forcing it to expand and create pressure against the slab. Also, during dry spells the soil will contract and pull away from the foundation, removing support. It is this constant pulsing that causes foundation failure.
So, if you notice some of the common signs of foundation damage, you may ask the question, “Did our builder do a bad job?” The likely answer is, “No”. Home builders in south Louisiana are familiar with the unique soil conditions of this region, and while building your home they will do everything to prevent future foundation problems. However, in spite of the contractor’s best efforts, damage can still occur, sometimes over a short period of time.
Occasionally a home will still fall under a contractor’s warranty if foundation repair is needed. This means that repairs will be paid for by this warranty. However, it is not uncommon for foundation problems to manifest after the initial home warranty has expired. This makes selecting a foundation repair company all the more important. A key element when selecting your builder and any contractors is to ensure that they are licensed and insured. The same is true for any foundation work that your home requires.
WCK Foundation Repair has been repairing foundations in our area for over 30 years. They have the knowledge, experience, expertise and trust from the community as well as a proven track record of repairing homes of all ages. WCK’s Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors license number is 47199. By using the only proven method for foundation repair with Louisiana’s soil conditions, WCK stands behind their work with a fully transferrable lifetime warranty. For more information, check out our foundation repair page.