I normally write my articles based around generating interest in foundation repair. But after visiting with a known competitor of mine in the Brick repair industry, I think I may have changed my mind about what is best for your home.
You first must know that our soils are constantly expanding or contracting. This is determined by how wet or dry the soil is usually, and that is where this story will start. Masonry Brick Contractors offers excellent info on this.
Most foundation repair companies boast that they are placing piers under your home which is seated into bedrock. But what actually is happening, each pier is being pressed to the point of refusal. Therefore even after having costly foundation repair done your home is still susceptible to continuing moment and yes even brick and mortar cracks.
Many companies specializing in brick repair, or masonry crack repair can repair the signs of foundation movement. But can they offer a solution to expensive foundation repair methods? Not all of them can. But there are a few. New masonry repair practices have emerged in the past couple of years. Bringing with them a change in how some companies approach your Masonry Cracks and Cracked Masonry bricks.
For example: Did you know that according to FHA standard practices, a foundation is allowed to display negative movement up to one inch in twenty feet? That means that most DFW homes that have signs of settlement are within the tolerable allowance set by FHA. That being said why should anyone spend the kind of money needed for foundation repair, when there are other options available?
One such option is to cut a control joint or expansion joint evenly several spaced approximately ten feet apart along brick walls that are cracking or showing signs of significant masonry issues. This will allow for some movement while transferring the brick cracks into the control joint rather than allow the mortar to crack.
Another new thought now being offered by one company is to install around the home a subteranian irrigation system generally about one third the cost of foundation repair. This edgy new system can operate year round and will maintain the moisture of the soils around most foundations.
Here is how it works:
Moisture measuring devices are placed around perimeter of the house or structure which sends a signal to a timer that controls a switch regulating the flow of water into the underground watering system. Sounds simple and it really is. But by installing these type systems and following some minor maintenance practices you can save your foundation, brick, and remaining structures for very little money.