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Richard Rash

Foundation Repair and Drainage Consultant

(Don't invest in foundation repair without my help, I more than pay for myself.)

    
     Richard Rash: 817-308-8186. Email: richardrashinc@tx.rr.com                See what my clients say.

 

Here are some quick answers to my most ask questions.

 1.  Click here to learn about avoiding foundation movement!

2Click here if you are experiencing minor foundation movement!

3.  Click here if you are experiencing somewhat major foundation damage!

4.  Click here if you have experienced failed foundation repair! 

5.  Click here if you are wanting to sell your home!

6.  How do You Buy A Home Without Foundation Issues?

7.   Help For Realtors ! 

8.   How is A Successful Foundation Repair Company Run?

9.   Why  Might You Need A Foundation Repair and Drainage Consultant?

10. Should Foundation Elevations Determine Piers Placement?

11. Why My Fee Is What It Is! 

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 If you want answers you can understand contact me now. I can help!

 My Customers remarks!   My Fees!   My Email(please include phone #)!   My Phone: 817-308-8186.

 

Looking for Foundation Repair help or Information?

What are foundations issues a home owner need to deal with?

    

Some of the Questions I can answer!

  • How do you prevent foundation movement?
  • Do you have foundation movement severe enough to need Piers?
  • How do you stop foundation movements?
  • Can I reverse foundation movement?
  • How do I reverse foundation movement?
  • Do foundation repairs work?
  • Are Piers the Answer?
  • Is drainage the answer?
  • Will piers and drainage together fix it?
  • Do you have a leak that is causing the problem?
  • If you have a leak how do you find out if is it incoming, outgoing or both?
  • How do you determine if you have a leak and if it is causing the movement?
  • Why won’t elevations of my slab tell me if I need piers?
  • Are all piers the same?
  • Are similar piers priced similarly?
  • Why do repairs fail?
  • Why would a foundation company salesman sell me piers I don’t need?
  • Why would a foundation company salesman tell me I don’t need piers when I know something is wrong?
  • Why are my bids so different?
  • Why would a drainage contractor salesman sell me drains I don’t need?
  • Why would my plumber not do an adequate test of my sewer line?
  • Why would my foundation repair warrantees be worthless?
  • Why would foundation repairs fail?
  • How could my insurance company wrongly reject my claim of a leak causing foundation damage?
  • How important is a sprinkler system in protecting my foundation?
  • Should I install an underground foundation watering system?
  • Does it make any difference what kind of piers a foundation company uses?
  • Are slabs, or pier and beam (crawlspace) foundations more likely to have foundation movement?
  • What are root barriers and are they a valid repair?
  • What constitutes foundation damage in a sales disclosure?
  • How do I know if a house I am buying has foundation problems?

  

Call me now with a question, test me, I know my stuff. 817-308-8186.  Check out my customers.  Check out my fees.      Email  your name and phone number.

 If you are concerned with foundation issues I can answer your questions.

After discussing your issues over the phone if I don’t feel I can help you I won’t set an appointment. If we do set an appointment and I can’t help you understand the situation, you will not be charged. What do you have to lose?

I will provide a written overview of our discussion including a summation and recap of recommendations.

If we do set an appointment, the fee you pay will entitle you to call me anytime with any questions relating to your foundation. I will have my notes to refer to and can answer most questions over the phone.

You are here because you have concerns about foundation issues. If you need help, I will be your advocate, your check and balance!
 

I am the cheapest insurance you can find. I am your second opinion

 

Contact Richard Rash: 817-308-8186 or richardrashinc@tx.rr.com      My Fee.    References    Let me help.

 

 

 

 

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Richard Rash
 Who I Am!
 
I am Richard Rash. I have spent the last thirty plus years working with foundation damaged structures in North, Central, South Texas and Eastern Oklahoma. I have been involved with foundation repair of all size and price homes, apartments, hospitals, nursing homes, warehouses and small commercial buildings. I have worked as foundation inspector, contractor, consultant and expert witness. Since 2007 I have been consulting with

Individuals who are experiencing foundation distress. I am their check and balance, their advocate. I know foundations and I know the soils. I know what causes foundation failures and what prevents foundation failure. I know the products used to repair foundations and I know the contractors reputations. I know what works where, and how much it should cost.



  Reasons people call me: 
  1. They do not trust foundation companies.

  2. Bids are not consistent in either 1. number of piers 2. type of piers to use, or 3. job Cost.

  3. Heard too many stories of foundation repair failures .

  4. They know foundation repair companies sell piers before they sell solutions.

  5. All of the above.

Do I help?  See what do my customers say: Click Here!

What do I cost: Click Here!

Contact me, I can help:  call or text 817-308-8186 or  email: richardrashinc@tx.rr.com




 

You are here because you are concerned about foundation related issues and you want the truth. You are concerned about not getting ripped off and not spending money you can’t spare on repairs that you don’t need.  You wish to protect your property and avoid foundation issues. Everybody has heard worrisome stories about foundation Problems; I might have heard them all. And I keep hearing them over and over.

 

The statement I hear a lot is “I Wish we had called you first!” 

 

The stories I hear most often:

·        People getting multiple bids with no two bids even close in number of piers and or price.

·        Folks who have experienced foundation repair, had the repairs fail, and then find that their warrantee is not honored, either because the company is out of business or the warrantee does not cover the latest movement. 

·        People who move to the area and hear the foundation horror stories and just want some guidance to help avoid the problems and make sure the home they buy is structurally sound. 

·        Most heart breaking is the, often older, people who just do not have the finances to pay the big cost of foundation companies suggested piering and are at their wits end.

My job, and I am good at it, is evaluating my customer’s foundation movement issues, explaining the causes, and guiding them on the path to alleviating these problems in the most permanent and least expensive way.

The most gratifying part of my job is helping folks realize that their home is not going to collapse and with proper guidance they can usually stop, and sometimes reverse the problems without major  structural repairs and major expence.

For guidance:   Contact Richard 817-308-8186 or email.      My Fee.    References    Let me help you.
 
With some one hundred and fifty + foundation repair contractors in North Texas most people have become convinced that if a house has sheetrock crack, cracks in the brick, sticking doors or a host of other signs of movement that they are experiencing foundation damage and it is going to cost tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of piers to save their home and make it live able or saleable.  In the vast majority of cases that is just not true. Left untreated or treated incorrectly, it can become true, but that takes a long time and/or very special conditions for major structural problems to surface.

Most signs that people believe are signs of foundation damage are just a sign that the structure is moving and the movement is due to soil changes in volume with the increase and decrease of moisture in said soil. Houses and other building are, for the most part, just ridged boxes siting on a movable surface of clay soil. The soil expands and contracts under the house and either the foundation allows the house to move with it, intact, or the foundation flexes and causes the house to also flex causing the structure to show the signs of movement such as hairline  cracks, sticking doors, sloping slabs and cracked tiles. 

 The longer the soil is allowed to continue moving under the foundation the more pronounced the damage. Initial damage is almost always cosmetic which with proper maintenance can usually be stopped and repaired.  As  movement progresses the cosmetic damage increases and with additional movement cosmetic damage become structural damage.  While left unchecked the damage can become structural which can often still be stopped and often repaired and reversed without the uses of piers.  And lastly damage that occurs from the loss  or compaction of soil will usually need piers.  In areas of expansive soils, such as North Texas, that is a small minority of cases.

For guidance:   Contact Richard 817-308-8186 or email.      My Fee.    References  Let me help you.

 A large percentage of pier salesmen in North Texas lack the knowledge to diagnose foundation problems correctly and prescribe proper repair procedures.  The vast majority of piers placed under and around homes in North Texas are not needed.  One must only get three or more bids to see the discrepancies between bids. You will see different types of piers, different prices for the same type of piers and in almost all cases a difference in the number of piers. In most cases the number of pier suggested are usually based on how many piers they think you will be willing to buy. 

Selling piers is big business which often allows finding foundation repair solutions to become secondary if considered at all.

Foundation repair companies sell pier....not solutions.


 

What I do for my money:                           

What I do for my money: 

·         I inspect your home for foundation damage, inside and out.

·        I explain how your home is built. 

·        I explain how the soils and weather affect your foundation.

·        I show how to maintain the soils, which will, in turn, maintain your foundation. 

·         I explain what is happening to your home and why.

·        I explain proper drainage and watering of the foundation.

·        If drainage correction is needed I will show where and how.

·        If watering is needed I will explain how and when.

·         If piers are needed I will explain how many, where and what kind are best for your application.

·         If you already have bids I will explain them. 

·        If you are selling, I will show how to get the home ready. 

·        If you are buying I will help you avoid buying a foundation damaged property. 

·        When I leave your home you will understand what is happening. 

·        I will answer any foundation or drainage related questions you may have.

·       And once I have inspected the property I will be available by phone and email to answer any future questions you may have.

·        I will be your advocate. I will help you keep from making a mistake.  In most every instance I will save you time, money and worry. Call 817-308-8186 or Email me. Let me help you.


Most of the biggest and best known foundation companies do good work as far as pier installation and honoring their warranties. The problems that I see every day from consumers are these:

·    Foundation repair company sales personal are just that: sales personnel.  Their livelihood depends on selling piers. The more piers they sell the better they live.  With piers selling from $300 to $1000 plus, each, a few extra, un-needed piers can be quite profitable to them and expensive to you.

·     More than half of all foundation damage in North Texas, and other areas of expansive soil, are the result of upheaval. Piers are not the answer to upheaval.

·     Piers cannot prevent or reverse upheaval which is a major cause of foundation problems and the major cause of pier failure. Since piers cannot prevent or reverse upheaval, upheaval is not covered in major foundation repair companies’ warrantees. It cannot be legitimately covered under warrantee because piers cannot hold the structure down. A highly convenient out for foundation repair companies.

·    Without the original elevations, based on sea level, of a structure, AND a benchmark based on sea level elevations, foundation repair contractors, salesmen, engineers nor anybody else can determine if the structure has settled or heaved based on the reading of a level, computerized or not. That means that the elevations taken by most foundation companies are not valid for determining pier placement. Remember, most foundation companies sell piers, not solutions.

For guidance:   Contact Richard 817-308-8186 or
email.      My Fee.    References

For the consumer, foundation repair is a big deal, involving their home, which is the largest investment most people will ever make. It can involve tens of thousands of dollars and tremendous inconvenience. You don’t want to over pay or experience it a second time and if you have reason to believe that you may have foundation issues, get knowledge, find a knowledgeable advocate. Contact me; if I save you from buying one extra pier it should more that cover my fee. If I keep you from several un-needed piers it will save you a lot of money. If I can save you from getting the wrong “fix” it can save you money and stress. If I can save you from having to install piers, which I often do, it will save you money, stress and from having to disclose foundation repair when selling your property.  See what my customers say. Need help? Contact me: 817-308-8186 or Email    Let me help you.


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Very few people know anything about foundation repair. Unfortunately, even most of the foundation contractors and their sales people do not know enough to determine if a home really needs piers, and if so, how many and what kind. Their answer is generally: yes you need piers, you need as many as they think you can pay for, and you need the kind they sell. After all they get paid for what they sell.

Get three bids and you likely get a several thousand dollar difference and they won't be talking apples for apples.  The truth is in most cases you don’t need piers, most foundation problems in North Texas are drainage or plumbing related which are usually much cheaper solutions. If you put piers in without correcting the root cause, you will have more problems, and it is unlikely that your warranty will be valid. Call 817-308-8186, email, or bookmark me.


 

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The foundation repair companies have done a tremendous job of convincing most people that all homes experiencing foundation movement need piers. That is just not true. Most foundations, in the early stages of movement, do not need piers and piers will often cause additional problems.

When cracks, whether in ceilings, walls or flooring appear in the home and have not yet appeared as major outside cracks, the chances of not needing piers are great. The key is proper maintenance. At this point it is usually not too late to stop and often reverse foundation problems. In the majority of cases, at this point, the installation of piers is not a solution and at best a temporary “fixes”.

I strongly recommend each and every one of you to find someone you can trust, who knows the ins and outs of foundation issues, someone not trying to sell you piers, someone who can explain how to maintain your most valuable asset.  That person could be me. Call me at 817-308-8186 or read on.
 


Don’t let the foundation repair/pier companies get their hooks in you
.  Don’t let the foundation companies sell you piers you do not need. At this point most of the damage is cosmetic and piers are not the answer. Proper maintenance is the answer.

It is not in foundation repair companies’ interest to help you with controlling the movement before it gets worse. That’s my job! My job is to help you prevent your home from getting to the point where major repairs are required. If piering is required my job is to make sure you are not over piered or over charged.

For $350.00 I will explain what is going on now and be available in the future to answer your questions. It means having a foundation and drainage expert on your side and on call. I am your check and balance.

When I inspect your home I will provide you with the knowledge you need to handle any current foundation issues, and by referring to my notes be able to provide ongoing support by phone at no additional charge.

Please read on, or contact me by phone.   Richard 817-308-8186 or email to get the help you need. If I don’t help, you don’t pay. 
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Whether you are keeping your home, selling your home or buying a home, if something does not seem or feel right about the foundation, there is likely something going on that needs to be addressed.  At this point you have some choices.

You can either ignore it. 

You can call some foundation companies who will send out commissioned sales people who get paid by the number of piers they sell. 

You can call me to find out what is really going on.

The foundation companies usually give free estimates.

I charge a fee.

The more piers they sell the more money they make. That is incentive.

My fee is set, I have no incentive to suggest expensive repairs you don't need. 

I often get to tell people that they do not need piers.  I always  tell people how to maintain their homes to prevent, stop and often reverse their foundation problems. Sometimes you must do more than simple maintenance. When that happens, I help you determine what you need, let you know what you should pay for it and I assist you, in getting it done correctly.

I encourage you to contact me and ask any questions you may have or explore my site  for a better description of who I am, what I do, how much I charge, what my customers say and for lots of good free foundation repair related  information.

You may contact me at 817-308-8186 or richardrashinc@tx.rr.com
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If you have Foundation questions, problems or issues you have come to the right place. I have spent a total of 31 years in the foundation repair business. Hundreds of people have paid me to come to their home and educate them about their foundation issues. To my knowledge none have been disappointed. I am their check and balance, their advocate. When I leave they have their questions answered.      Please contact me at 817-308-8186 or richardrashinc@tx.rr.com  See my fee schedule. These are all complicated questions that need to be answered by someone on your side. Not a commission salesman.

When dealing with foundation problems there are many areas where questions arise. There are the obvious questions: How can I prevent foundation damage? How can I stop my foundation damage? Can I reverse foundation damage? Why is my house moving? Do I need foundation repair? What kind of repair is best for me? How much should I pay? Who is a good contractor that will stand behind their work? What does “lifetime” warrant mean?

There are also less oblivious questions that most people do not know to explore. Is the problem settlement (needs to be lifted)?  Or upheaval (needs drainage correction)? Or both?  Or neither? 

Can repair contractors take elevations of the structure to determine that settlement exists? Or use elevations to distinguish between settlement and upheaval to determine if piering is needed? This I will answer now:  They cannot!  (Call me and I will tell you why these elevations are a fraud used to sell piers).

Other questions and issues where you could need help: Possible sewer leaks and how to handle them. This is an area where the foundation companies often leave the home owner swinging in the wind and repairs of both plumbing and foundation can be mishandled by contractors and insurance companies leading to additional expensive repairs.    

Drainage issues (you would be surprised how many contractors do not know that water does not run uphill).

Soaker hose/foundation watering (done right it can save you lots of money, done wrong it can add greatly to your foundation problems.

Swimming pool and irrigation leaks (yours and the neighbors) and city water or sewer leaks can all be problems where expert advice can save you much stress and many dollars.

Staging a home to sell that has experienced foundation repair. You must disclose problems but proper staging and a third party for them to talk to can often set the buyers at ease and save the sale.

Buying a previously owned home
can be stressful. Having a third party on your side inspecting the home, with you, can answer questions and relieve that stress on the spot.

Preparing to build a new home starts with the lot and the lot preparation.  The shifting of soil, the adding of additional soil, the compaction, or lack of proper compaction, of the added soil, the vegetation that is removed or left and most of all the original drainage.   These points can mean the difference between a well built lasting base for your home or chronic foundation problems.  After the home is built the landscaping is the next great hurdle. Were these issues done correctly, at least 60% of severe foundation problems would be avoided.

Other issues of concern: Home owner insurance responsibility.  Home Owner Warranty purchased through the builder, and the foundation repair company “lifetime warranties” and working with builders when foundations issues arise!

These are but a few of the problems with which I can help.

Helping home owners’ deal with these questions is what I do, and I do it well.

Contact me at 817-308-8186 or richardrashinc@tx.rr.com   See fee schedule. 

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Most people that seek my advice are smart enough to know that foundation repair is a very slippery slope. It is not an exact science and the industry is populated with some less than savory characters. My customers do not mind spending a few dollars to have an experienced foundation professional on their team. They usually wind up spending less oveall money and receiving  greater piece of mind.

People are confused by Foundation damage. The very thought of foundation problems scare some people to death.  Truthfully there are not a lot of people in North Texas that know a lot about the cause of foundation damage and less, that know, the proper way to deal with it.

Most foundation company websites show you signs of foundation distress and talk about their approach to repairs. Almost ever company has a preferred type of pier. They may say they have them all but they have a “chosen one”. The chosen one is usually chosen because it is cheapest for them to install. Another reason for a “chosen “one is inventory control. It is a lot easier and more cost effective to have a single product you use all the time. The number one reason for a “chosen” pier or approach is to have a COOKIE CUTTER operation. Treat them all the same and anybody can do any job. You don’t need an all around experienced crew if all the repairs are basically the same.

My value comes because I know how homes are constructed. I know how soils affect the homes. I know what causes foundation damage. I know how to correct the damage. I know who can do it correctly and inexpensively. I know what it takes to get a house ready to sell. I know what to look for when buying. I can tell when to check for slab leaks. I know how and when to deal with Home owners insurance. I know how and when to deal with New home warrantees. I know how to deal with settlement. I know how to deal with upheaval. I know how to tell the difference.

 I know when you need drilled piers, concrete pushed piers, steel pushed piers, cable locked piers, helical piers, spread footing piers, chemical injections, root barriers, expanding foam, mud-jacking or, as in most cases, no piers.  I know when, and it is often, that drainage correction and or proper use of soaker hose or other watering can stop and often reverse foundation problems.  I can supply the help you need.

Call 817-308-8186 or email me. If I can answer your question over the phone I will do so at no charge. If I need to visit your home to find answers there is a charge. For that charge I will provide you with whatever assistance you may need in dealing with foundation or drainage issues.  Get it right and don’t get robbed.

Call me or read on to find out why my customers are happy to pay me.
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If you need help, I can be your advocate, your check and balance! 
I will save you time, money and stress!
I will show you how to maintain your home. 

Call me! I can answer many of your questions over the phone.

Improper maintenance is the number one cause of foundation problems in the Dallas Fort Worth and other areas of expansive soils
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Determining the cause of the problem, and eliminating that cause, should always be done before repairs (piers) are considered. I can show you how and why.

Bids vary greatly from contractor to contractor. From hundreds to thousands. Which one will fix it correctly ?

Foundation companies sell piers, not solutions! You need solutions. I can provide you with the solution you need.

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Contact me with questions or to schedule an appointment.
  
Richard Rash
, 817-308-8186.  Email
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Since retiring from active contracting I have been consulting on foundation problems. Before retiring I spent 26 years as a foundation repair contractor, often as a consultant to other foundation repair contactors. When I started in the business there were a handful of foundation contractors. When a foundation was broken we fixed it, as best we could, with the knowledge we had. Over the years we learned a lot.

As time progressed things begin to change. Foundation Repair became a billion dollar business and the gypsies, tramps and thieves jumped in.

It seems that all it takes is an over the hill athlete, disk jockey or talk show host to endorse a company and the uneducated masses go for it. Well guess what, the masses are getting screwed. They are buying piers that are, to say the least, not ideal for our soil. They are buying piers they do not need and they are paying far too much for the piers they get. And, worst of all, they are not addressing the real problem, the soil.

The truth is, foundations don't fail, soils do. Soil expansion and contraction must be addressed to solve foundation issues. Piers cannot solve upheaval and many piers being sold do a very poor job on preventing settlement. You as the homeowner must maintain your soils. Maintain the soils correctly, and new problems do not appear. Maintain the soils correctly and old problems often lessen and sometimes go away.

You must have knowledge to know whether your home has heaved up or settled down.

In our area, at least as many structures are damaged by upheaval, or swelling soils, as by settlement or contracted soils. You do not use piers to address homes that have already been lifted above grade by swelling soils.

Elevations alone can not distinguish between settlement and upheaval. Only experience can.

If upheaval has occurred the high point must come down. The moisture in the soil must come out. You must find the source of the moisture and eliminate it. It's usually much cheaper than piers and much better on the slab.

If settlement has occurred and walls need to be lifted you want the right number and type of piers from a reliable, experienced contractor. Not piers that have a reputation for failure. Not twice the required number of piers and not over priced piers.

If you feel that you may have foundation issues call me. If I can help over the phone it's free.

Contact information:Richard Rash, 817.308.8186 or Email at: richardrashinc@tx.rr.com                           

 

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Millions of dollars are spent each year on un-needed foundation repairs. Don't over spend on excessive piers. Do not pay more per pier than necessary Protecting yourself is all about checks and balances. Due diligence!

 

 

 

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Hundreds of people have paid me to come to their home and educate them about their foundation issues. To my knowledge none have been disappointed. I am their check and balance, their advocate.
When I leave they have their questions answered. They understand how the house is built. They understand how the soils affect the home. They understand how bad drainage causes problems. They understand how drying soils affect the structure. They understand the maintenance required to protect the house. They understand when drains are required, when and how to water the foundation, how and when to check the plumbing for leaks affecting the home. They understand the different type of piers and how they differ. They understand what they need in the way of maintenance and repairs and they know how to avoid getting ripped off. They will save a lot of money and get peace of mind.
  Let me help you.
                            Contact Richard 817-308-8186 or
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Whether you are keeping your home, selling your home or buying a home, if something does not seem or feel right about the foundation, there is likely something going on that needs to be addressed.  At this point you have some choices.

You can either ignore it. 

You can call some foundation companies who will send out commissioned sales people who get paid by the number of piers they sell. 

You can call me to find out what is really going on.

The foundation companies usually give free estimates.

I charge a fee.

The more piers they sell the more money they make. That is incentive.

My fee is set, I have no incentive to suggest expensive repairs you don't need. 

I often get to tell people that they do not need piers.  I always  tell people how to maintain their homes to prevent, stop and often reverse their foundation problems. Sometimes you must do more than simple maintenance. When that happens, I help you determine what you need, let you know what you should pay for it and I assist you, in getting it done correctly.

I encourage you to contact me and ask any questions you may have or explore my site  for a better description of who I am, what I do, how much I charge, what my customers say and for lots of good free foundation repair related  information.

You may contact me at 817-308-8186 or richardrashinc@tx.rr.com
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If you have Foundation questions, problems or issues you have come to the right place. I have spent a total of 31 years in the foundation repair business. Hundreds of people have paid me to come to their home and educate them about their foundation issues. To my knowledge none have been disappointed. I am their check and balance, their advocate. When I leave they have their questions answered.      Please contact me at 817-308-8186 or richardrashinc@tx.rr.com  See my fee schedule. These are all complicated questions that need to be answered by someone on your side. Not a commission salesman.

When dealing with foundation problems there are many areas where questions arise. There are the obvious questions: How can I prevent foundation damage? How can I stop my foundation damage? Can I reverse foundation damage? Why is my house moving? Do I need foundation repair? What kind of repair is best for me? How much should I pay? Who is a good contractor that will stand behind their work? What does “lifetime” warrant mean?

There are also less oblivious questions that most people do not know to explore. Is the problem settlement (needs to be lifted)?  Or upheaval (needs drainage correction)? Or both?  Or neither? 

Can repair contractors take elevations of the structure to determine that settlement exists? Or use elevations to distinguish between settlement and upheaval to determine if piering is needed? This I will answer now:  They cannot!  (Call me and I will tell you why these elevations are a fraud used to sell piers).

Other questions and issues where you could need help: Possible sewer leaks and how to handle them. This is an area where the foundation companies often leave the home owner swinging in the wind and repairs of both plumbing and foundation can be mishandled by contractors and insurance companies leading to additional expensive repairs.    

Drainage issues (you would be surprised how many contractors do not know that water does not run uphill).

Soaker hose/foundation watering (done right it can save you lots of money, done wrong it can add greatly to your foundation problems.

Swimming pool and irrigation leaks (yours and the neighbors) and city water or sewer leaks can all be problems where expert advice can save you much stress and many dollars.

Staging a home to sell that has experienced foundation repair. You must disclose problems but proper staging and a third party for them to talk to can often set the buyers at ease and save the sale.

Buying a previously owned home
can be stressful. Having a third party on your side inspecting the home, with you, can answer questions and relieve that stress on the spot.

Preparing to build a new home starts with the lot and the lot preparation.  The shifting of soil, the adding of additional soil, the compaction, or lack of proper compaction, of the added soil, the vegetation that is removed or left and most of all the original drainage.   These points can mean the difference between a well built lasting base for your home or chronic foundation problems.  After the home is built the landscaping is the next great hurdle. Were these issues done correctly, at least 60% of severe foundation problems would be avoided.

Other issues of concern: Home owner insurance responsibility.  Home Owner Warranty purchased through the builder, and the foundation repair company “lifetime warranties” and working with builders when foundations issues arise!

These are but a few of the problems with which I can help.

Helping home owners’ deal with these questions is what I do, and I do it well.

Contact me at 817-308-8186 or richardrashinc@tx.rr.com   See fee schedule. 

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Most people that seek my advice are smart enough to know that foundation repair is a very slippery slope. It is not an exact science and the industry is populated with some less than savory characters. My customers do not mind spending a few dollars to have an experienced foundation professional on their team. They usually wind up spending less oveall money and receiving  greater piece of mind.

People are confused by Foundation damage. The very thought of foundation problems scare some people to death.  Truthfully there are not a lot of people in North Texas that know a lot about the cause of foundation damage and less, that know, the proper way to deal with it.

Most foundation company websites show you signs of foundation distress and talk about their approach to repairs. Almost ever company has a preferred type of pier. They may say they have them all but they have a “chosen one”. The chosen one is usually chosen because it is cheapest for them to install. Another reason for a “chosen “one is inventory control. It is a lot easier and more cost effective to have a single product you use all the time. The number one reason for a “chosen” pier or approach is to have a COOKIE CUTTER operation. Treat them all the same and anybody can do any job. You don’t need an all around experienced crew if all the repairs are basically the same.

My value comes because I know how homes are constructed. I know how soils affect the homes. I know what causes foundation damage. I know how to correct the damage. I know who can do it correctly and inexpensively. I know what it takes to get a house ready to sell. I know what to look for when buying. I can tell when to check for slab leaks. I know how and when to deal with Home owners insurance. I know how and when to deal with New home warrantees. I know how to deal with settlement. I know how to deal with upheaval. I know how to tell the difference.

 I know when you need drilled piers, concrete pushed piers, steel pushed piers, cable locked piers, helical piers, spread footing piers, chemical injections, root barriers, expanding foam, mud-jacking or, as in most cases, no piers.  I know when, and it is often, that drainage correction and or proper use of soaker hose or other watering can stop and often reverse foundation problems.  I can supply the help you need.

Call 817-308-8186 or email me. If I can answer your question over the phone I will do so at no charge. If I need to visit your home to find answers there is a charge. For that charge I will provide you with whatever assistance you may need in dealing with foundation or drainage issues.  Get it right and don’t get robbed.

Call me or read on to find out why my customers are happy to pay me.
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If you need help, I can be your advocate, your check and balance! 
I will save you time, money and stress!
I will show you how to maintain your home. 

Call me! I can answer many of your questions over the phone.

Improper maintenance is the number one cause of foundation problems in the Dallas Fort Worth and other areas of expansive soils
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Determining the cause of the problem, and eliminating that cause, should always be done before repairs (piers) are considered. I can show you how and why.

Bids vary greatly from contractor to contractor. From hundreds to thousands. Which one will fix it correctly ?

Foundation companies sell piers, not solutions! You need solutions. I can provide you with the solution you need.

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Contact me with questions or to schedule an appointment.
  
Richard Rash
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Since retiring from active contracting I have been consulting on foundation problems. Before retiring I spent 26 years as a foundation repair contractor, often as a consultant to other foundation repair contactors. When I started in the business there were a handful of foundation contractors. When a foundation was broken we fixed it, as best we could, with the knowledge we had. Over the years we learned a lot.

As time progressed things begin to change. Foundation Repair became a billion dollar business and the gypsies, tramps and thieves jumped in.

It seems that all it takes is an over the hill athlete, disk jockey or talk show host to endorse a company and the uneducated masses go for it. Well guess what, the masses are getting screwed. They are buying piers that are, to say the least, not ideal for our soil. They are buying piers they do not need and they are paying far too much for the piers they get. And, worst of all, they are not addressing the real problem, the soil.

The truth is, foundations don't fail, soils do. Soil expansion and contraction must be addressed to solve foundation issues. Piers cannot solve upheaval and many piers being sold do a very poor job on preventing settlement. You as the homeowner must maintain your soils. Maintain the soils correctly, and new problems do not appear. Maintain the soils correctly and old problems often lessen and sometimes go away.

You must have knowledge to know whether your home has heaved up or settled down.

In our area, at least as many structures are damaged by upheaval, or swelling soils, as by settlement or contracted soils. You do not use piers to address homes that have already been lifted above grade by swelling soils.

Elevations alone can not distinguish between settlement and upheaval. Only experience can.

If upheaval has occurred the high point must come down. The moisture in the soil must come out. You must find the source of the moisture and eliminate it. It's usually much cheaper than piers and much better on the slab.

If settlement has occurred and walls need to be lifted you want the right number and type of piers from a reliable, experienced contractor. Not piers that have a reputation for failure. Not twice the required number of piers and not over priced piers.

If you feel that you may have foundation issues call me. If I can help over the phone it's free.

Contact information:Richard Rash, 817.308.8186 or Email at: richardrashinc@tx.rr.com

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Millions of dollars are spent each year on un-needed foundation repairs. Don't over spend on excessive piers. Do not pay more per pier than necessary Protecting yourself is all about checks and balances. Due diligence!

 

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If you are unsure about something, you bring in an expert.

If you are unsure about something, you bring in an expert. That is a good business practice at any level. You use due diligence. You need checks and balances. Foundation damage is not the end of the world. Treated properly it can be a minor irritation. Treated incorrectly it can be a nightmare. Don't experience a nightmare! The reason for this website is to let you know that I am available to help you understand the reason foundations fail, to help you maintain your foundation and to help you find proper repair when required. Remember: With over 150 foundation contractors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area alone, getting three bids give you a one in fifty chance of getting the right job at a fair price. I can help you beat those odds. People pay me to help them successfully deal with foundation issues. If I save you from buying one un-needed pier you have made money. It's a smart move and cheap insurance.  I will be your advocate, your check and balance

What I do for my money:

What I do for my money: 

I inspect your home for foundation damage, inside and out. I explain how your home is built.  I explain how the soils and weather affect your foundation. I show how to maintain the soils, which will, in turn, maintain your foundation.  I explain what is happening to your home and why. I explain drainage and watering of the foundation. If drainage correction is needed I will show where and how. If watering is needed I will explain how and when. If piers are needed I will explain how many, where and what kind are best for your application. If you already have bids I will explain them.  If you are selling, I will show how to get the home ready.  If you are buying I will show you what to look for.  When I leave you will understand the process.  I will answer any foundation or drainage related questions you may have.  I will be your advocate. I will help you keep from making a mistake.  In most every instance I will save you time, money and worry.

Special Report: Spring 2010


Know it or not, most of you are now experiencing some movement in your foundation. The recent rains have expanded the soil all over North Texas, as well as many other areas.  The results of extreme rains are normally a change in elevations of homes on expansive soils. Unfortunately, the change is often damaging.
The two things of most importance to home owners are:

1.)    The soil expands in areas of bad drainage, lifting sections of the home off of original grade and transferring weight of the structure which produces cracks, door frames out of square and uneven floors. This becomes, obviously, a problem.  The answer is almost always drainage correction to prevent additional upheaval. Drainage correction, done correctly, should also enable the swollen soil to slowly contract and allow the structure to gradually settle back to near "as built".  The installation of piers to lift the rest of the house is almost always a mistake in these situations. Talk to an expert who is not involved in piering to access you situation.

2.)    Often where settlement has appeared over a period of time, extended rain will cause soils to swell, lifting areas of the house, closing cracks and straightening doors. It would seem that the house has healed itself.  Don't be fooled, the problem reversal is temporary at best. The eventual drying of the soil will allow the soil to settle back often in worse condition that before.  It is often advantageous to consider the need for piering while the soil is swollen.  Done correctly the repair is completed with less piers, less stress on the structure and at less expense.  Again, consult an independent expert. If you are unsure about something, you bring in an expert. That is a good business practice at any level.

It is extremely difficult to get creditable information about foundation problems and foundation repair on the internet or in person. The sheer number of foundation repair companies in North Texas is staggering. The majority of these companies abilities are at best marginal, using products that are not ideal for this soil. Many are operated on a shoe string with a very heavy turnover in personal, and for that matter company names. Several companies own multiply entities.  This means you have the distinct possibility of obtaining multiple bids from the same company who use different names. The different phone numbers going into the same office.
 
Be safe; understand the nature of your specific problem.  Understand the soils and how they react. Understand how your structure has reacted to the soils. Foundation piers are designed for, and guaranteed against vertically settlement only. They are not designed for, or guaranteed against, upheaval. When soils are wet they expand, when they expand they lift what is sitting in and on them. That is upheaval.  If upheaval is affecting your  home, understand the problem. Talk to an unbiased professional.

Remember foundation repair companies sell piers...not solutions. I provide information and solutions! Call or email me!
817-308-8186

Who I am.

I am Richard Rash. I have spent the last twenty-eight years working with Foundation damaged structures in North Texas. I have been involved with foundation repair of all size and price homes, apartments, hospitals, nursing homes, warehouses and small commercial buildings. I have worked as foundation inspector, contractor, consultant and expert witness. I know foundations and I know the soils. I know what causes foundation failures and what prevents foundation failure. I know the products used to repair foundations and I know the contractors reputations. I know what works where, and how much it should cost. I am now devoting my time helping the owners of houses, apartments, and small commercial building avoid foundation problems, when possible, and getting them fixed right when repairs are necessary.

Quick Note
Misleading elevations can cost you a lot of un-necessary money, additional foundation issues,  and plumbing problems.
 

Foundation and Drainage Evaluation: includes foundation and drainage inspection, instructions on foundation maintenance, drainage correction and foundation watering. If you require repairs, I will explain the types of repairs available. I will review any bids and recommend the type of repairs best suited for your problem. I will help you receive the best repairs available at the best possible price. 

I will assist you in any area of foundation or drainage problems you may have.

I will assist you in any area of foundation or drainage problems you may have.

This service can save you thousands of dollars.             

    

Richard: 817-308-8186

Email: richardrashinc@tx.rr.com

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 My job: save you money and time, and help assure that you know what you are getting.

If you are concerned about foundation repair or drainage issues please read this page from top to bottom.  It may be the most helpful and informative foundation repair information on the world wide web.    


Facts to Ponder


Proper drainage and proper watering can prevent the vast majority of foundation damage. Most homes do not need piers.

 

When caught early, foundation movement can almost always be stopped and often reversed with proper maintenance.

 

After piers are installed proper maintenance is still required. I can show you how.

 

Bad drainage cause every bit as much foundation damage as hot weather.

 

Buildings settle and heave. Often in the same time frame. The signs are similar, the repairs are not.

 

Elevations cannot distinguish between settlement and heave without a bench mark, tied to sea level, and the original construction elevations. Don’t rely on contractor elevations as an indication of pier requirements.

A lot of people have been visiting this site and not calling me. The potential for damage is increasing every day. If you think you need help, call now (817-308-8186)! It may be the most important call you make this year.

Over 20,000 people have visited my website for information in the last four years and hundreds of people have paid me to come to their home and educate them about foundation issues. 

None, to my knowledge, have been disappointed.

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f you have foundation issues; this site can save you money and help solve your problem.

Some people believe I do foundation consulting as Dallas foundation repair, foundation repair Dallas tx or foundation repair Plano. The truth is I do not do foundation repair anymore, I am now a foundation repair consultant and am available to consult in all of Texas and surrounding states

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Richard Rash
Foundation damage detective
817-308-8186
richardrashinc@tx.rr.com
Fax: 817-540-4049