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Tangipahoa Foundation Repair: New Home Foundation Damage

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Aug 11, 2015 10:15:13 AM

Tangipahoa Foundation Repair: New Home Foundation DamageTo say that every place in this great country is shaped by its history is an understatement.  That couldn’t be truer for the communities of south Louisiana.  From Civil War settlements to major economic thoroughfares that stem back to before the Louisiana Purchase, the streets, buildings, borders and cultures we enjoy today were established and influenced generations ago.  While many of these things make our home unique, not all are having a positive impact.  Specifically the consequences that the timber practices in Tangipahoa Parish that have spanned decades are having on new homes built in the area. 

Looking around this beautiful parish it’s impossible to ignore the bounty of pine trees.  These trees support a major industry not only in Tangipahoa, but across south Louisiana.  However, years and years ago as these trees were cleared for lumber, pulp and paper and to clear land for a growing population, small stumps cut to about six inches were left in large swatches across parcels of land. 

Over the years these stumps and root systems have rotted under the soil, creating a troublesome environment for foundations.  While the expansive, clay-laden soil in this region typically creates foundation issues on its own, these rotting tap roots are accelerating the problem. 

More than ever newly constructed homes are experiencing foundation damage.  Most homebuyers and owners of new homes typically aren’t concerned with or aware of the potential of foundation damage due to the young age of their home and the fact that most homes carry a manufacturer’s warranty.  Unfortunately, foundation issues begin 5 to 10 years after the home is built, and most warranties are expired at this point. 

So while foundation damage can be considered a problem for older homes, it is very important for owners of new homes to be aware of the signs of foundation damage.  While you are outside look for cracks in the foundation, in the masonry and other areas of your home.  Pay attention to sloping floors and sticking windows and doors.  New construction in this area is susceptible to foundation damage and catching it and correcting it early can save a lot of time and money.

If you do suspect there is damage to your foundation it is crucial to trust a local foundation repair company that follows structural engineering guidelines and is familiar with the soil in Tangipahoa.  For over 30 years WCK Foundation Repair has been restoring safety and value to homes and businesses across south Louisiana.  For more information, click here.

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Slidell Foundation Repair: Why Is The Method So Important

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on May 26, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Slidell Foundation Repair: Why Is The Method So ImportantEvery activity, objective and action has its ideal method. It’s hard to hit a golf ball 300 yards with a sand wedge, just as it’s hard to hit a ball out of a steep sand trap with a 3-wood. There are specific tools and methods to overcome each of these challenges. The same principle of using the right method for a job is vitally important to foundation repair. While there are likely a few options to get the job “done”, there is really one best option. If you had to cut your hair you could go see a stylist or you could take a pair of scissors to it, either way your hair gets cut, but isn’t one option better?

For your home on the north shore in Slidell, it sits on a unique, expansive, clay-laden soil that requires a specialized method and expertise. However, very few companies recognize the challenges that this soil presents to foundations. Many companies in our part of the state are actually based elsewhere across the country.

These foundation repair companies and their crews use methods and tools that are designed to repair foundations built rocky soil. Simply put, this doesn’t work on our clay soil. The forces of nature in south Louisiana demand a specific solution, otherwise you could be paying for a repair that doesn’t actually fix any problems.

So what is the best method? The drilled pier method is the perfect remedy for the damage caused by our expansive soil. Whether you have a pier and beam foundation or a concrete slab, installing piers that stabilize the foundation completely actually prevent any further or future damage. WCK Foundation Repair has been using the drilled pier method exclusively for over 30 years. With a fully transferrable lifetime warranty, the quality and effectiveness of this method and craftsmanship speaks for itself. For more information, click here.

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Brick Damage in Baton Rouge: What Does It Mean Foundation Damage?

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Jan 6, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Brick Damage in Baton Rouge: Does It Mean Foundation Damage?When it comes to diagnosing different problems there are a lot of things that can present themselves as major issues, when they really aren’t.  Twisting your ankle, while uncomfortable, doesn’t mean you have a broken leg.  If your car won’t start, you may just need a new battery, not a new engine.  When it comes to your home, brick damage doesn’t necessarily mean foundation damage.  But how can you be sure?

While some brick and mortar damage can be an indicator of foundation problems, they can often be as simple as a brick defect, failure or something completely unrelated to the health of your foundation.  Below are some details about brick damage that is not affecting or affected by your foundation, and details about brick damage that can be warning signs about your home’s foundation.

Brick damage caused by foundation problems:

  • Diagonal or “stair-stepped” cracks
  • Bowing, bulging or recessed bricks
  • Cracks in bricks/mortar near the foundation, found with other damage to concrete

Common brick damage unrelated to your foundation:

  • Broken brick corners
  • Discolored bricks
  • Superficial lines in the mortar

If you are concerned about the condition of the bricks on your home look for other common signs of foundation damage:  Cracks in the concrete foundation, doors and windows that won’t stay open or closed, slanting floors, etc.  Cosmetic brick issues are not a reason to contact a foundation repair company, or be concerned about foundation damage.  However, if you notice other symptoms of foundation distress and/or your bricks exhibit signs from foundation damage, WCK can inspect and offer  a solution to restore your home’s safety and value.  For over 30 years WCK Foundation repair has been helping homeowners in our community.  For more information, click here.

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Slidell Foundation Damage: Preparing for Hurricane Season

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Jun 24, 2014 9:19:00 AM

Slidell Foundation Damage: Preparing for Hurricane SeasonIt is that time of the year again.  High temperatures.  Higher humidity.  Afternoon thunderstorms.  Yes, it’s summer in south Louisiana.  As we all know, from June 1st all the way through November, it is also hurricane season.  We were fortunate last year to escape the brunt of a major tropical system, with our last significant storm coming in the form of Isaac in 2012.  Unfortunately we all also know that just as you’re sure to sweat walking to your mailbox in the afternoon, the forecasted path of any storm can quickly change and head our direction. 

This makes the early days and weeks of the season an ideal time to take inventory of your Slidell home and prepare for the potentially stormy months ahead.  This is especially true if you have drainage issues or foundation problems.  The torrential rains and winds that make hurricanes so damaging can wreak havoc on a compromised foundation.    These storms can also accelerate or initiate damage in healthy foundations if some proper conditions are not in place.

Here is a list of something to consider to protect your foundation, as well as some other helpful tips to protect your home should a tropical storm or hurricane make its way to Louisiana.

  • Trim trees and bushes to give Mother Nature a little less ammo against your home.

  • Keep your gutters clear.  This is a good tip year round, but especially so to prevent large amounts of rain from soaking the soil around your home.

  • Clear the clutter from around your home.  Furniture, decorations, toys, etc. can all become projectiles in a hurricane.

  • Check your roof for loose shingles.  Cement them down to prevent them from blowing off.  This can prevent leaks and other damage to your home.

  • Make sure your windows and doors are protected.  Structural damage can occur when a door or window is blown or broken in, creating a pressure differential.  This can overwhelm a foundation or create new problems.

These are only a handful of considerations to keep in mind as you do chores around the home, or when prepare for an impending storm.  A crucial preparation to take before this storm season gets in full swing is to have your foundation looked at by a trusted, local foundation repair company, if you suspect you may have some issues.  Before they get worse, WCK Foundation Repair can bring over 30 years of knowledge, service and the most effective method for our unique soils to repair your Slidell foundation.  For a free estimate and more information, click here.

7 Signs of Foundation Repair in Baton Rouge

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Baton Rouge Foundation Water Damage: Is it More Than a Leak?

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Mar 21, 2014 9:05:00 AM

baton rouge water damage foundation damageHave you noticed any damp spots in your home?  Whether they are coming from the ceiling, walls, floors, windows or doors, this could point to a much bigger problem.  Your initial instinct may be to have your roof inspected.  The leak may very likely be coming from above, but the true cause of the leak could be coming from under your feet.

Uncontrolled rainwater can wreak havoc on your home.  It’s imperative that your gutters are clean and aligned properly to channel precipitation away from the structure.  Otherwise, water will collect, stand and saturate the soil directly adjacent to your foundation.  As this happens and continues over time, it creates what is known as “hydrostatic pressure”.  This is the pressure created as the soil around your home expands from exposure to water and forces itself against the foundation wall.  This pressure will cause the foundation walls to crack, bow and flex.

The fact that your foundation is the only element of your home this is in contact with the ground.  Therefore it is the most susceptible to soil conditions and changes.  Not only that, it supports every other vital element of the structure.  As it changes or loses integrity that is going to have a negative impact on everything from the walls to the windows to the roof.  If your foundation begins to fail it is going to compromise the drywall, stucco, siding, doors, windows and as these begin to shift and move, the roof will as well. 

The longer this continues water will begin to find its way into your home.  This will cause more and more damage and headaches.  So if you suspect a roof leak or find water entering your home from other areas, consider the other telltale signs of foundation distress.  There is no sense in repairing your roof or other elements of your home if your failing foundation is going to continue to shift and damage them all over again.

At WCK Foundation Repair, we’ve been educating homeowners and restoring home values and safety for over 30 years.  Our proven drilled pier method is ideal for south Louisiana’s expansive soil.  All of our repairs and work come with a transferrable lifetime warranty.  For more information click here.  

7 Signs of Foundation Repair in Baton Rouge

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Spotting Signs of Zachary Foundation Damage

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Feb 12, 2014 2:05:00 PM

spotting signs of foundation damage in zachary, laThis recent cold weather has probably kept you inside more often than you’d care for.  With wet, slick, icy roads and cold wind, getting out just doesn’t seem too inviting.  However, this is a great time to put your cabin fever to good use.  Foundation damage in Zachary can be a major concern for homeowners.  Recognizing the signs and symptoms of foundation issues early enough can save you a significant amount of time, money and headaches.  So after the Law and Order reruns, take a look around the inside of your house for any of these indicators of foundation distress:
  • Any of your interior bricks or masonry beginning to crack or separate
  • Gaps beneath baseboards and/or cabinets
  • Cracking drywall
  • Cracking plaster
  • Sticking doors
  • Sticking windows
  • Windows and/or doors that won’t stay open or close properly
  • Broken or bowed baseboards
These are all signs of underlying foundation problems.  If you notice cracks along the foundation or an area outside of your home where the soil is sinking, it is time to call a trusted foundation repair expert.  If you are unsure whether cracks are new or old, run your hand over them.  If they are not on the same plane, if each side of the crack seems to be moving in opposite directions, this is a sign of the foundation moving and impacting the structure. 
If you discover one, or many, of these symptoms at your home, call WCK Foundation Repair for a free estimate.  Procrastinating on repairing this damage can lead to increased costs and other issues that affect other areas of your home.  WCK has been helping homeowners in south Louisiana for over 30 years and they use only approved engineering practices to give your home a comprehensive solution.  All of WCK’s work and their drilled pier method is backed by a full transferrable lifetime warranty.

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Buying a Hammond Home with Foundation Damage: What Should You Know?

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Feb 10, 2014 9:22:00 AM

Buying a Hammond Home with Foundation Damage:  What Should You Know?It’s always exciting to shop for a new home.  Finding that right place for your family, discovering a house that has everything you imagined, sometimes more.  However, it can also be a stressful time as well.  Lining up financing, looking at schools, analyzing your commute and many other factors can make this ordeal very daunting.  The last thing you want to be concerned about when looking for a home in Hammond is the safety and health of the house that you’ve finally decided will be yours.

Foundation damage in Hammond is not an uncommon problem for homes of all ages.  Just like most areas across south Louisiana, these homes sit on volatile, clay-laden, expansive soil.  This type of soil makes up our landscape from Lafayette, stretching east across the north shore.  With our wet climate, this soil wreaks havoc on concrete and our foundations.  As the soil becomes saturated it expands, placing immense pressure on the walls of a home’s foundation.  This constant pressure, if left untreated will create cracks in the foundation.  Signs that this may be happening include: slanted floors, broken windows, cracked masonry, doors and windows that won’t close and more. 

As you look at different homes to purchase, it is very important to keep an eye out for these signs, as well as inquire about the foundation.  It is the law that any foundation or structural issues be disclosed when a house is listed.  Knowing this at the beginning of the home buying process can save a lot of headaches and heartache.  The good news is that discovering your dream home has foundation issues doesn’t necessarily mean you have to cross it off the list.

You have every right to make the purchase of the home contingent upon the foundation being repaired.  This can go a couple of different ways.  The ideal way would be for the seller to allow you to select the repair company.  Selecting a trusted, knowledgeable, community oriented foundation repair company that offers a transferrable lifetime warranty would undoubtedly give you peace of mind before signing that dotted line.  However, more often than not, the seller will select the cheapest option to appease the stipulations of the purchase agreement and sell the house.  When this is happens, it will likely lead to bigger problems and bigger expenses down the road for the new homeowner. 

These low dollar foundation repair bids are typically designed to correct only part of the damage.  For example, they will repair the damage or correct the cause in only one area of the house.  However, there are likely other areas of the home that are damaged or susceptible to damage.  This is the reason that bid was much lower than one from a company that offered a comprehensive solution that would correct all foundation issues.  Once the repair is made, it technically satisfies the contingency to purchase.  Unfortunately it means you just bought a home that still has foundation damage.

WCK Foundation Repair specializes in foundation damage caused by Louisiana’s unique soil.  Their drilled pier method is the most effective process for rectifying and correcting foundation distress.  With 30 years of experience, a community focus and transferrable lifetime warranty, insisting on using WCK before you consider buying a house with foundation issues will ensure the safe and valuable home you and your family deserve.   

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Topics: Damage

How Ice Can Damage Your Baton Rouge Foundation

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Jan 28, 2014 11:14:00 AM

How Ice Can Damage Your Baton Rouge FoundationThere are a lot of things we’ve become used to in south Louisiana. Hot, humid weather complete with rain, thunderstorms and even the occasional hurricane are a common way of life. Sub-freezing sleet, snow and ice storms are something we don’t get very often, but can take a significant toll on our already vulnerable concrete and foundations. Just as we prepare and protect our homes against standing water and rain to prevent Louisiana’s clay laden soil from expanding and pressing against our homes, we need to be aware of the affects that ice and frozen precipitation can have.

First and foremost, ice dams and other consequential results of sleet, snow and freezing rain that affect our roofs can drastically change how our gutters work. Well, your roof and foundation on are opposite ends of the structure, but they are vital to one another. As water freezes and expands within your gutter system, it can create misalignments and compromise the effectiveness of your roof. Well as this ice thaws, instead of being fed away from your house and foundation it falls directly against the structure creating standing water areas and saturating the soil adjacent to the foundation.

This cold weather and freezing water that causes potholes to form and roads to buckle can have the same effect on your Baton Rouge foundation. If you have any existing issues such as cracks or movement in your foundation, a weather event where rain enters those cracks and proceeds to freeze can exacerbate these problems and make the damage drastically worse. Firstly, the concrete is already weak, and as the water expands it can create new damage and make existing problems worse.

So while there are many things to consider as you deal with school and road closings, keep in mind the effects this weather can have on your home. Maintaining and cleaning your gutter system and implementing a plan that keeps water away from your foundation is key and can curtail some of the damaging elements of this type of weather. If you had concerns about your foundation before old man winter came this far south, call WCK Foundation Repair for a free estimate.

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