An Overview of Palacios
Overall, Palacios is located in soils that are excellent for farming but are extremely damaging for concrete foundations, making slab repairs and house leveling a common task. The plasticity of the soil (a rating which designates how much soil shrinks or swells) in extremely high in Palacios. Palacios is located on the Texas Gulf coast and is within Matagorda County. Palacios is located about halfway between Corpus Christi and Houston. It has a population of about 5,000 people and a total land area of approximately 5.3 square miles (14.0 km2) with about 4.36% consisting of water. It is also located on the shores of Tres Palacios Bay.
For more information about Dawson Foundation Repair's Palacios services, see the following:
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Palacios Soil Characteristics As They Affect Foundation Repair
The soils in the Matagorda County and Palacios area vary. The central part of the county has variations from very dark loams to gray or black cracking clayey soils. The western part of the county has soils that are light to dark with loamy surfaces and clayey subsoils. The coastal region is characterized by soils that are sandy, while in the marsh areas the soils are very dark with clayey subsoils. The soft soil types, combined with the deep bed rock and near-absence of rock deposits greatly contribute to the shrinking and swelling that causes cracks to apear in concrete slabs and necessitates home foundation repair.
The United States Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, in cooperation with the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station issued an extensive report about the soils in Nueces County and the Palacios area. Engineers and other technically inclined individuals may want to read the report in full. One part of particular interest, however, appears on page 53 of the report:
Most of the soils within and adjacent to Palacios are underlain by and were formed from heavy clays of the Beaumont geologic formation. By far the largest acreage consists of Victoria soils. These soils have a fine-textured surface layer and subsoil that contain clay with a high shrink-swell ratio. This characteristic alone may be responsible for the failure of sewer and water lines, foundations and walls, power line and pole alignment, and pavements that crack and heave.
The characteristics of Texas soil present Palacios homeowners with challenges in maintaining and preventing damage to their home's concrete slab. The underlying conditions frequently necessitate foundation repair in Palacios. For more information about how geological conditions can affect a home's foundation, you can read a report written by engineer and PhD recipient Tom Witherspoon about the technical issues associated with Texas soils and how they affect your foundation repair choices.
Climate Influences On Home Foundation Repair In Palacios
The climate of Palacios is described as humid-subtropical or "marine". The average annual rainfall is 45.4 inches. Temperatures in Palacios range from an average high of 90° F in August to an average low of 44° in January.
If you would like to take a detailed look of the soil in your neighborhood, consider looking at the United States Department of Agriculture’s Soil Survey Tool. It will give you an in-depth look at exactly what type of soil your home sits on and the characteristics one can expect from soils of that type. For your convenience, you may utilize a tutorial on how to use the Soil Survey Tool that we have compiled.
Service Areas For Home Foundation Repair In Palacios, Texas
Dawson Foundation Repair will provide free home foundation repair inspections* and estimates for the Palacios area.
*(for homes not involved in real estate transactions)