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In Texas, much of the problem of cracking foundations is due to the rapid hydrating and dehydrating of clay soil. When moisture collects under a concrete slab, the soil swells which causes the slab to bend, crack, or shift. As it becomes deformed, damage occurs to masonry, sheetrock, and tile. This is where Triple J Foundation comes in. Schedule a free estimate to minimize further damage and repair costs.
There are some warning signs to indicate whether or not you are experiencing drainage problems. Some of which include
- malfunctioning gutters
- downspouts that dump too much water which causes flooding
- and cracks in the foundation.
If you are experiencing any of these issues, repairs we can perform include
- altering the drainage slope
- adding surface drains
- French drains
- and more.
Surface drain vs. French drain
While similar in function, there are notable differences between surface drains and French drains. Depending on your needs, you may choose one type of drain over the other.
French drains are trenches covered with gravel or rock that contain a perforated pipe that redirects surface water away from a specific area to a septic tank or drainfield. When heavy rainfall hits, water is directed away from any area of your property that’s underground. The best part is that because they are buried, they are out of view and don’t detract from the beauty of your home.
Surface drains divert excess water away from the surface and are usually lined with concrete and sloped appropriately to take advantage of gravity; there are several areas in which surface drains are great for managing excess rainwater and stormwater. Some examples include:
- parking lots
- pool edges; they will capture the water dripping of the swimmers and redirect it to a desired location without allowing water to collect in unwanted locations
- multi-level parking garages
- high-traffic entrances and walkways for business property owners
No matter the severity of drainage issues you are dealing with, we can provide a complete, detailed solution and won’t settle until your are completely satisfied.