Brenham, Texas is located in Washington county and as of the 2010 census had a population of 15, 716. Brenham is the county seat of Washington county, which is in east-central Texas.
The area’s soil characteristics result in a significant amount of foundation repair for homes and commercial businesses. The clay soils in this part of east-central Texas will absorb significant amounts of water when wet and swell in volume. This swelling and expansion of the soil creates both vertical and horizontal movement underneath a concrete slab foundation. The clay soils will also lose significant amounts of water during hot, dry weather due to evaporation and moisture withdrawal by plants and trees. The clay soils shrink in volume and can separate or lose contact with the foundation above. The foundation, having lost contact with the soil, will settle or collapse until it finds its support (the shrunken soil). This swelling and shrinking of clay soils creates year-round soil movement that puts tremendous pressure on rigid concrete slab foundations and will often result in damage to both the foundations and the homes and commercial buildings.
Its location and favorable economics should lead to future economic development. Brenham has ready access to the major metropolitan areas of Texas , such as Houston (one hour and a half to the southeast), Austin (one hour and a half to the northwest), San Antonio (three hours away to the west), and Dallas (four hours away to the north).
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Brenham Soil Characteristics As They Affect Foundation Repair
The city of Brenham has a total area of 8.8 square miles of land area and no significant surface water. Brenham is located on the large Gulf Coastal Plain of east Texas. The main geographic characteristic is its flatness. Brenham has a humid subtropical climate with hot and humid summers and winters that are usually mild with occasional freezes.
The plains of the Brenham area are unconsolidated clays, clay shales, and poorly cemented sands. These soils were developed from river deposits formed from the erosion of the Rocky Mountains over many thousands of years. These sediments consist of a series of sands and clays which were deposited on decaying organic matter. The result is that today the plasticity of the soil (a rating which designates how much soil shrinks or swells with changes in moisture) is very high.
If you are in the Brenham area and would like to take a detailed look at 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 Brenham Texas
Dawson Foundation Repair will provide FREE* home foundation repair inspections and estimates for the Brenham area.
*for homes NOT involved in real estate transactions