To 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.