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Old 12-10-2013, 02:52 PM   #1
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Foundation issues (expansive soils) common in Lubbock, TX?


Hey there! We are looking to purchase a house in Lubbock, TX, and we noticed some cracks on a lot of houses... Is the expansive soils an issue in Lubbock, TX?
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Foundation issues (expansive soils) common in Lubbock, TX?


Expansive soils are a problem throughout the South, and up to Colorado, and certainly you can find them in Lubbock. Cracks in the foundation and walls are a clue that the house in question may be built on expansive clay. Prior to purchasing any house in Texas, you need to have the house inspected by a qualified individual with specific knowledge of foundation problems created by expansive soils. That means you hire the inspector, and pay the inspector, and check their credentials first, since not all inspectors know anything about foundation problems, and in my experience a lot of potential homeowners try to save a few bucks by hiring a cheap, inexperienced inspector. You can pay big time for that a few years down the road when you need your foundation jacked back to level.

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IF it were us, we wouldn't hire any ' inspector ' UNLESS he had initials after his name ( PE ) AND also had someone in the office who specialized in soils,,, there are good ' home inspectors ' but, im-n-s-h-fo, that trade is still largely populated by those who bought laptops & word processing programs
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