HOUSE SAVVY–Understanding Texas Foundations

Helping Newcomers Understand our Texas Soils and Home Foundations is Key

Production of the concrete base under the house with use of a removable timbering.

The slab foundations most commonly used in Texas are comprised of a sturdy footing and a vapor-proofed reinforced concrete pad that sits on a bed of compacted crushed stone. Many newcomers to our state may not be familiar with this. Helping those new to our area understand our preventative processes and procedures for building the foundations of new homes can ease their fears and concerns. When they’re moving into an existing home, it’s also important to set homeowner expectations with regard to a normal amount of settling and their responsibilities in maintaining their home’s structural integrity.
Even when using the best practices, there is no magic formula to ensure against all potential foundation issues. We face the challenges of Texas soil that is often loaded with clay or organic matter and holds water like a sponge, increasing the risk of foundation cracks when the soil freezes and expands. Dry soil caused by drought conditions is an enemy, too.
Many home builders partner with a third-party new home warranty company to provide an express written warranty as part of the building contract. The standard for third-party warranties is a 10-year term on structural components which includes the foundation system and footings. Most new home warranties and some foundation repair warranties are transferrable to a new owner.

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