You are here because you are concerned about foundation related issues and you want the truth.
Since retiring from active contracting, some fourteen years ago, I have been consulting on foundation problems. Before retiring I spent 24 years as a foundation repair contractor often as a consultant to other foundation repair contractors. When I started in the business there were a handful of people doing foundation work. 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 began to change. Foundation Repair became a billion dollar business and the gypsies, tramps, and thieves jumped in.
Foundation repair salesman in North Texas.
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 fail. Soil expansion and contraction is a problem that must be addressed to solve foundation issues. Piers can not solve upheaval and many piers being sold do a very poor job of 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 the knowledge to address whether your home has heaved up or settled down.
Foundation upheaval on the left.
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!Foundation repair elevations of slab foundation.
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.
Foundation damage from bad drainage.
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 overpriced piers.
Failed foundation repair.
If you feel that you may have foundation issues and don’t want to get screwed, call me. If I can help over the phone it’s free. If I have to come out, it is still the best deal you can get!
Call me. Richard Rash, 817.308.8186 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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. 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 unneeded pier you have made money. It’s a smart move and cheap insurance. I will be your advocate, your “check and balance”.
Foundation companies sell piers, I provide solutions.
I know this may be contradictory to much that you may have heard, but give me a chance to show you the truth. Remember if I don't help you, you don't pay me! That's my deal! Contact me at 817-308-8186. My email is email@example.com.
Be very careful when placing your home in the hands of someone whose livelihood is based on the sale of piers, or uses foundation elevations to convince you that piers are the answer.
Unless the home has experienced the effects of a major earthquake, mudslide, sinkhole or other catastrophic trauma it is unlikely that extensive foundation movement has occurred, or that piers are needed.
Due to widespread MISINFORMATION, foundation damage and repair are among the most misunderstood elements of home ownership.
People pay me to help them successfully deal with foundation issues!
My fee is fair and reasonable.
If I help you get the job done right you have made money!
It's a smart move and cheap insurance. I will be your advocate, your, "check and balance"!
If I can't help you, you don't pay me! If I do help you, you will be glad to pay me!
When we discovered foundation problems, we also discovered the problem of finding the truth. We were told by several contractors that we needed piers (support) around the entire perimeter of the house.
Some contractors said we needed as many as 20 piers and even wanted to cut through the foundation inside the house and place piers there.
Since contractors get paid by the number of piers, the more you agree to install, the more they get.
Richard Rash outlined a solid, reasonable approach to fixing the problem. (We ended up with half as many piers as some recommended and no piers inside the house.) I didn’t know it initially, but over time I’ve come to learn that he was the only person who actually understood what was going on with our foundation.
I’m convinced it would be foolish to spend thousands of dollars on foundation work without an independent second opinion. Richard is independent of the contractors and knows and understands foundation repair.
If you aren’t familiar with the process, he’ll help you through the process and can save you thousands of dollars.
Phillip, Grapevine, TX
It's this simple!
IF THE DIAGNOSIS IS WRONG the FOUNDATION REPAIRS WILL FAIL! UNNEEDED DOLLARS WILL BE SPENT!
HOW TO GET HELP
If you or anyone you know has questions about pier and beam, slab or basement construction please contact me at 817-308-8186. This and other areas pertaining to foundation and drainage problems are covered extensively here on my website: www.repairfoundations.com, and in my blog www.foundationmanspeaks.com, as well as my NEWSLETTER. You may contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good morning Richard, Thank you so much; this document makes perfect sense to me. I appreciate you being able to visit with us so quickly after my initial phone call to you. Your know-how and expertise were very helpful and I feel much better going forward having the knowledge you provided to us. We plan to hire a plumber to come do the pressure test within the next couple of weeks and then we’ll go from there. Thanks for being our advocate; it’s great knowing we have you as a resource. I’ll certainly call you with any questions that come up, and I’ll keep you posted as we move forward. Have a great day,
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