St Louis, Home Buyer in Argyle, TX

Moving in from the midwest, why are there no basements in the Dallas area?

Asked by St Louis, Argyle, TX Wed Jul 28, 2010

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T.E. & Naima…, Agent, Dallas, TX
Thu Aug 26, 2010
Compressible soils.

We're well above sea level here and the water table is typically 100' below or more.

The soils here are more heavy with clay. That component shrinks when it dries out and expand when its holds moisture. You can build an underground structure, but it must be capable of withstanding the pressure of seasonal soil changes.

Because that is more expensive that above-ground space, we normally build out-buildings, garages, sheds and so on to store things in. Besides, we have the land.
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Caroline Fre…, Agent, Flower Mound, TX
Wed Aug 3, 2011
The soil in the Dallas area is dense clay soil. It shifts, cracks and moves.This does not allow deep dug structures to support the rest of the home. We have a lot of foundation issues. There is a fine line of keeping your foundation moist but not over watered.
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Phillip Vinc…, , Chesterfield, MO
Mon Aug 9, 2010
I am a home builder in St louis MO. The houses we build always have a basement. The reason there are no basements in Dallas and most of the south is the water table is much higher than it is in the north. If you dig down ten feet deep, you are going to hit water! and the soil is not conducive to foundations
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