Foundation Repair in Sugar Land, Texas - an Overview
Sugar Land, Texas is located in eastern Fort Bend County and is approximately 25 miles southwest of downtown Houston. Because of it's close proximity to Houston, Sugar Land shares much of the same foundation problems that Houston does, which makes foundation repair a common occurrence. Sugar Land is one of the fastest growing cities in Texas and has been recognized as the nation's third best place to live by CNN/Money Magazine, one of the top suburbs by Forbes, and one of the safest cities in the US by CQ Press.
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Sugar Land Soil Characteristics As They Affect Foundation Repair
Sugar Land, Texas has soil conditions that frequently cause problems and necessitate home foundation repairs and concrete slab repairs. In particular, concrete slab foundations are damaged by soil expansion and contraction and subsequently need leveling and repair. The land surface in this geographic area is unconsolidated clays, clay shales and poorly-cemented sands. This surface area extends to a depth of several miles. The soil is a softer, smoother type that consists of loam, clay, and silt with almost no rocky areas and a very deep bedrock. This makes the ground softer and results in extreme plasticity (the rate at which the soil shrinks and swells). Overall, Sugar Land has a relatively high degree of soil instability making foundation problems fairly common.
The characteristics of the soil present homeowners with challenges of home foundation repair in Sugar Land, Texas. This swelling and shrinking of the soil will crack concrete slabs and concrete home foundations in Sugar Land, Texas. Click the following link to learn more about the technical and engineering aspects of house foundation repair in Sugar Land, Texas.
Climate Influences On Home Foundation Repair In Sugar Land Texas
Contributing to the need for home foundation repair in Sugar Land, Texas, are the two major waterways traversing the city. During times of rainfall, the area serves as a watershed and significant amounts of water are drained through and from this area. The process of hydration and then dehydration of the clay soils is the great enemy of level home foundations. The Brazos River stretches through the southwestern and southern part of the city and then enters Brazoria County. Oyster Creek stretches from the northwest to the eastern part of the city and then flows into Missouri City. In addition to the natural water systems in the area, there are many man-made lakes that exist in residential master-planned communities.
The summer climate in the Sugar Land, Texas area also poses risks for the concrete home foundations in the area. The extremely hot weather will dehydrate the soil and when a summer thunderstorm arrives the soil is quickly rehydrated. The dehydration of the soil has shrunk the soil and the rapid hydration has expanded the soil. This process, repeated several times a year, can inflict tremendous damage on a home's foundation. And when there is an extended period of drought, the soil underneath homes and buildings will shrink dramatically. The daily high temperatures in mid-summer are usually in the 95°F range. The record high temperature was 109°F in September 2001.
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