Foundation Repair in Dallas Texas
Dallas is the largest city of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, a consolidated metropolitan area (known alternately as DFW or the Metroplex) with a population in excess of 6.3 million. As of July 2008, the Metroplex was the fastest growing metropolitan area in the nation. Dallas is the ninth largest city in the country with most of the city located in Dallas County. However, small portions of the city also extend into the neighboring counties of Collin County, Denton County, Rockwall County, and Kaufman County.
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a FREE, no obligation Foundation Inspection* in Dallas, Texas
· Browse the Foundation Repair Methods commonly used in Dallas, Texas
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Soil Characteristics as they affect Dallas Foundation Repair
Homeowners have found that there are unique characteristics that influence home foundation problems in Dallas, Texas, and the Dallas-Forth Worth Metroplex. In general, Dallas has a shallow bedrock and very rocky soil composed of mostly silty clay, silty loam, and gravel. While there are parts of Dallas with very stable ground, the majority of Dallas soil has extreme plasticity, meaning that depending on weather and moisture conditions, the soil is prone to swelling or shrinking in large amounts. This swelling and shrinking of the soil will crack concrete slabs and is the biggest single contributor to demand for Dallas foundation repair.
The Dallas area lies at elevations ranging from 450 to 550 feet, sitting on a surface of gently tilted sediments dating back to the Cretaceous age. There was a period of millions of years when the Dallas area was covered by ocean waters. Today, sandstones underlie the cities of Grapevine, Arlington, and Denton but the sediments tend to be younger at the eastern edge of the DFW Metroplex. The western edge of the Austin Chalk Formation, a massive limestone escarpment, runs roughly north-south through Dallas County. An additional 200 foot uplift is particularly noticeable south of the Trinity River in the neighborhoods of Oak Cliff and the adjacent cities of Cockrell Hill, Cedar Hill, and Grand Prairie. There are also significant variations in terrain in the cities immediately to the west of Fort Worth.
Overall, however, it is not the individual geologic features of Dallas that have the greatest influence on demand for home foundation repair, but rather the sprawling nature of the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. With such a spread out area, the DFW area encompasses the full gamut of soil types. The best way to determine exactly what type of soil your home foundation rests upon is to use the United States Department of Agriculture’s Soil Survey Tool. For detailed instructions on how to use it, check out our tutorial for the Soil Survey Tool.
Climate Influences on Home Foundation Repair in Dallas Texas
Because changing moisture levels in the soil under a home's foundation is the largest contributer to damage to the concrete slab, climate also has a significant role in foundation repair in Dallas, Texas. The climate of Dallas is humid subtropical with very hot temperatures in the summer of 90°F+ most days and heat-humidity indexes soaring to as high as 117 °F (47 °C). When accounting only for temperature, the north central Texas region where Dallas is located, is one of the hottest areas in the United States during summer. Usually only portions of Arizona, Nevada and southeastern California are hotter. These prolonged periods of hot, dry weather will dehydrate soils and cause many instances of cracked concrete house foundation slabs in Dallas, Texas. The area receives about 30 inches of rain per year with a large portion arriving in the spring. The winters tend to be mild or cool with temperatures falling below freezing occasionally.
The United States Census Bureau states that Dallas (the city) has a land area of 551 square miles and 68 square miles of water (11.03%) for a total area of 619 square miles . Dallas lies in the lower part of a tornado region that covers the prairie lands of the Midwest. The spring season usually brings cool weather fronts moving down from Canada that collide with warm, humid air moving north from the Gulf of Mexico. When these two weather fronts meet, the result is severe rain storms, lightning, hail and sometimes tornadoes.
In addition to periodic showers, Dallas and central Texas are also prone to severe drought conditions which can increase the demand for home foundation repair exponentially. The drought in the summer of 2011 was the worst in history. Our free tips on how to protect your home's foundation can help you lessen the damage from a severe drought. For more information about current drought conditions, we recommend visiting the US Drought Monitor.
Service Areas for Home Foundation Repair In Dallas, Texas and DFW / MetroPlex
Dawson Foundation Repair will provide FREE Dallas area foundation repair inspections* and estimates. This service area includes: Addison, Allen, Arlington, Carrollton, Celina, Coppell, Dallas, Ennis, Flower Mound, Frisco, Garland, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Irving, Lancaster, Lewisville, Mckinney, Palmer, Plano, Red Oak, Richardson, Rockwall, Rowlett, Sachse, Southlake, Sunnyvale, The Colony, and Wylie.
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide free inspections* and estimates for the western DFW area including Fort Worth. We can and do provide inspections for these areas, but a fee will be charged depending on traveling distance. Please call for more information.
*for homes not involved in real estate transactions