What Type of Foundation Does My Home or Building Have?

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What foundation type do you have? The short answer: Does it have a basement? If so, its a Basement foundation. If you have a concrete floor or if it is a newer home, chances are you have a slab foundation. And if you have an older home, wooden floors, a crawl space/lifted area under the house, or it’s in a rural area, chances are you have a pier and beam foundation. If you are still unsure you could always have an expert give you an evaluation. Some businesses do it for free.

The Geography of Foundation Types

You can sometimes determine the structure of your home according to its location. In the United States, Northerners typically have a basement foundation, the middle section has crawl spaces, and southerners’ homes have slab or pier and beam foundations.

Foundation Types

While this is really just a rule of thumb and houses all over the nation, regardless of geography, can have either a basement, crawl space or slab foundation, it is a quick key in assessing what your foundation type might be. This is why most foundation repair companies specialize in all types.

Understanding Home/Building Foundation Types

Basement FoundationBasements

Basements are primarily built to avoid damage from the frost line. Basements are the most apparent type of foundation since, well, how could you miss a basement? Utilized as extra living space, basements combine structure and functionality. Basements also make it easier to recognize foundation problems like cracked floors and walls due to expansive soils.

Crawl Space FoundationCrawl Spaces

Crawl spaces consist of poured footing and foundation walls. These walls assist in supporting the home and provide slightly more protection during storms than slab foundations. Crawl spaces also allow for accessible utilities which can keep the cost of repairs low. Crawl spaces, if not properly insulated can cause mold. If you are able to access the space beneath your home and adjacent utility systems, your foundation is most likely a crawl space.

Slab FoundationSlab Foundations

Slab foundations provide a low cost solution for builders and are built by digging a trench, spreading gravel and pouring concrete. The concrete provides support to a home or building’s walls. If you’ve found or been told that your plumbing, ductwork or electrical wiring are difficult to access than your home is probably built on a slab foundation. Slab foundations, over time, can cause cracks, upheaval and more.

Pier & Beam FoundationPier & Beam Foundations

Pier and beam foundations use “pads” of concrete and beams to support the floor and walls. This is utilized when more traditional foundations are not an option. Pier and beam foundation have concrete beams or masonry foundation. Issues that arise from pier and beam foundations include cracks in the sheet rock or brick veneer. Supports can sink and the joist can crack or break, rot or fail to function properly.

Knowing what type of foundation your home or building sits on and increasing your knowledge of this type can potentially save your home. Keep your eyes open for the first signs of a foundation issue so you can have it quickly repaired.

Geo-Tech Foundation Repair Will See You This Weekend in Ft. Worth TX

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Geo-Tech Foundation Repair Fort Worth TXIt’s easier than ever to learn more about Geo-Tech’s foundation repair services since we’ll be just around the corner in Ft. Worth TX at the 33rd Annual Fort Worth Home & Garden Show. Held from Feb. 8 – Feb 10, 2013 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, you can stop by during show hours:

  • Friday, Feb. 8—2-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 9—10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 10—11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Low Cost, High Reward

For the low ticket price of $10, you can enjoy “the very best place to see, touch, try out and learn about products and services for your home and garden needs!”1

At the Geo-Tech Foundation Repair booth #124, you can speak with our foundation contractors and experts about any foundation or drainage problem your home or building may be experiencing.

Other services our foundation repair specialists can discuss with you:

The Best Part

To top it all off, we’ll be offering some tremendous freebies like:

  • iPad Mini2
  • Free foundation and drainage evaluations
  • Free engineer’s report
  • T-shirts
  • …and more

Besides visiting us at our booth (fun!), the Fort Worth Home and Garden show features many other attractions to enjoy like the TNLA Gardens, kitchen, bath, and home décor displays, green energy living solutions, outdoor living options, and how-to seminars.

Click to see the floorplan

Click to purchase tickets

We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Will you be there? Where should we come next?

1. According to TexasHomeandGarden.com

2. Conditions apply. See us at our booth for details

Railroad Tie Demo in San Antonio

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We’ve started Phase 2 of the commerical job in San Antonio.  Phase 1 – Foundation Repair is finished and Phase 2 – Retaining Walls is now underway.  The demolition of the railroad tie retaining wall has begun. Preperation for the new interlocking keystone retaining wall will be the next step following demo.  See photos on Facebook.

Foundation Problems

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Are you seeing cracks in your walls or in the ceiling?  Do you have doors that aren’t shutting properly or sticking?  These are all signs of foundation problems.  You want to get this looked at before the problem gets worse.  By letting this go, you can cause more damage which can lead to more costly repairs.  Let one of our experts come out and take a look.  They will give you exact details of what the problem is.  Even if its not your foundation, they’ll let  you know that too.  If you check us out on Angie’s List, you’ll see testimonials where we’ve done just that.

This is just one testimonial from Angie’s List:

“We noticed an opening at expansion joint at our home. We called Geo-Tech. Elliott came in to examine the house. He was very professional and honest. He advised us about precautions we need to take to maintain the foundation and also explained  the seasonal movement is the cause of this opening of the expansion joint.  Elliott did not suggest any unnecessary repairs. He also advised us to trim the trees and bushes near home to avoid any damage that may be caused by the roots.”


So what are you waiting for?   Give us a call!  800-985-7630