Olshan Repair crews said they are attending to more than double the number of house foundation calls this week than they normally would. This ongoing dry, hot weather is causing the clay in the soil to contract which can lead to house foundations shifting.
"Right now, we're running about four weeks," said Olshan General Manager Kevin Rowland of the current wait for services. "We're actually fixing to add a crew next week, so we'll be able to take on some of the new sales coming in."
Rowland said homeowners experiencing foundation problems might notice that their doors stick or they might spot cracks in walls. He said if that happens, homeowners need to call for repairs. He said there is not much that can be done for prevention other than maintaining well-watered flowerbeds around your home. Doing that will increase the amount of moisture near your foundation and could prevent these kinds of problems.
Rowland said getting a piling installed under your house will increase pressure and physically lift your house back into place. He said a piling usually runs between $500 and $700. Channel 8 spoke with one homeowner who said she is paying $1,800 for multiple pilings and service fees. She said it is expensive for someone on a fixed income.
Olshan crews expect to make 32 calls this week. Rowland said they usually make about 13. They are booked about four weeks out.