This press release describes some of the foundation problems being experienced by home owners – the fact that pier and beam home foundations continue to suffer after Hurricane Harvey. Some homes rest on a pier and beam foundation rather than a concrete slab foundation. These pier and beam foundations sit on clay soils. When Hurricane Harvey flooded approximately 260,000 homes in August of 2017 it saturated the clay soils for days and weeks. The result was a dramatic expansion of the clay soils, which creates upheaval. During the hot summer of 2018 these clay soils lost this moisture and shrank dramatically. The resulting movement – horizontal, vertical, and horizontal – damaged many homes and created an increased demand for pier and beam foundation repair.
Notice the crack in the large wooden beam. The movement of the clay soils is responsible for this damage.
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