Farmers Branch, Texas, is a great place to live! The central location in the North Dallas area, the easy access to major thoroughfares, the fantastic Independence Day Celebration at Farmers Branch Historical Park, the highly-acclaimed escape rooms at Escape This, and the down-home fun of the annual Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival make Farmers Branch a desirable location for many families in the DFW Metroplex. From shopping, to dining, to entertainment – Farmers Branch, Texas, has it all!
These and many other reasons are why Farmers Branch is the city of choice for thousands of home owners. The location, schools, access, and amenities are hard to beat. But the high-clay content soils which comprise most of Farmers Branch, Texas, wreak havoc on concrete slab foundations.
Most homes in Farmers Branch, Texas, have monolithic concrete slab foundations. Those built prior to 1980 are typically conventionally-reinforced slabs (meaning a close grid system of steel rebar was used to reinforce the concrete), while most built after 1980 are a post-tension slab (meaning that steel cables are utilized to provide reinforcement to the concrete). Both concrete slab designs are equally prone to settlement and movement induced by clay-soil movements.
Our research indicates that of the roughly 7500 single-family homes in Farmers Branch, Texas, approximately 2.01% of them will have foundation repair work performed each year. This number was reached by researching the number of foundation permits issued in several sample periods, and then increasing that number by 40% to account for jobs done without a permit (YES – there are unethical foundation repair companies out there who do not follow the rules). Farmers Branch DOES require a permit be issued for foundation repair work, AND that the foundation repair contractor be qualified and registered with the city.
While the average foundation repair cost reported on these permits in Farmers Branch, Texas, was just over $8000, the average job performed by Williamson Foundation Repair last year was under $7000.
While construction techniques and soil preparation methods have improved over the past few decades, foundation settlement is still a major problem and a major concern for most home owners in Farmers Branch.