Soil consolidation is a leading cause of concrete slab foundation failure of houses in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. The soil lacks the strength to adequately support the foundation.
Improper preparation of clay soil can cause consolidation, which means that the clay soil becomes more dense with time. Soil consolidation can continue for decades.
During building site preparation, the developer should assure that clay soil is at the correct moisture content to enable adequate compaction in thin layers using specialized heavy construction equipment.
If you suspect a foundation problem is caused by soil consolidation, you may want to hire an engineering firm to perform soil consolidation testing. Site testing can run upwards of $2500.
If your house foundation has failed due to clay soil consolidation, you should consult a construction attorney as you may be able to take action against the site developer and or builder.
The weight of a house will facilitate soil consolidation. One way to mitigate future consolidation damage is by having steel piers installed to take the load of the house off of the top soil in the areas where consolidation is taking place. Sometimes it is necessary to pier the whole house to fix foundation problems caused by soil consolidation.
Soil consolidation is common in the Dallas and Ft. Worth areas. If you suspect you have a soil consolidation issue, which is causing foundation problems, contact Granite Foundation Repair. One of our registered professional engineers will come out for FREE to perform a foundation inspection. Once a foundation inspection is performed, we can provide you with any foundation problems we see, the methods of repair we recommend and possibly the cause of your issues.