Sealy, Texas is located in Austin county and 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 Texas will absorb 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. 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. This swelling and shrinking of clay soils creates a great deal of soil movement that puts tremendous pressure on rigid concrete slab foundations and will often result in damage to homes and commercial buildings.
Sealy has a population of about 6,000 and is the largest city in Austin County. Sealy is located at the intersection of Interstate 10 and State Highway 36 and is a rapidly developing city and community. Its location and favorable economics should lead to future economic development. Sealy has ready access to the major metropolitan areas of Texas , such as Houston (one hour away to the east), Austin (two hours away to the northwest), San Antonio (three hours away to the west), and Dallas (four hours away to the north).
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Sealy Soil Characteristics As They Affect Foundation Repair
The city of Sealy has a total area of 6.9 square miles. Land comprises approximately 99.7% of the surface area with water comprising approximately 0.04 square miles (0.29%). Most of Sealy is located on the large Gulf Coastal Plain of east Texas. The main geographic characteristic is its flatness.
The plains of the Sealy 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 Sealy 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 Sealy Texas
Dawson Foundation Repair will provide FREE* home foundation repair inspections and estimates for the Sealy, TX area.
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