Avoiding Costly Foundation Work
He said, “if you want a structure that will not experience foundation damage in North Texas or other areas of expansive soils, here is what you do. Buy a lot, put a moat around the perimeter of the lot. Fill the moat with water and wait a year. Capillary (wicking) action should take the volume of the soil to its maximum swell capacity. At this point the soil should stay steady, as long as, the moat stays full. So, barring earthquake or sinkhole, the home should not move to the point of damage”.
While the theory is good, the reality is, of course, out of the question. What is real, is the concept of equalizing the moisture level in the soil around and under a structure. Piers don't do that. While piers are usually quite expensive, foundation movement, which usually leads to cosmetic distress long before structural damage appears, can usually be addressed through drainage correction or occasionally plumbing repairs.
For a pre-set fee I will inspect your foundation and drainage. I will explain your foundation problems. I will draw pictures and show you why your foundation moved and your options to stop the movement, prevent more movement and show you how to reverse the movement. Because of my pre-set fee I have no financial incentive to guide you to anything but what is best for your home. Read on to find out who I am and why I can help.
Foundation movement is a common occurrence in North Texas. Every year tens of thousands of homeowners, owners of apartments, condos, townhomes, commercial buildings, chain stores, schools, jails, hospitals and just about everything else constructed on our soils experiences movement.
Every year, thousands of those tens of thousands with foundation movement and damage, including cosmetic as well as structural damage, are sold "repairs" they don't need and many of those "repairs" will lead to additional damage.
The real travasity is, most people receiving "foundation repairs" in North texas do not have legitimate foundation damage. The damage is usually moisture related, either drainage or occasionally plumbing issues. These problems can usually be solved by either drainage correction or plumbing repairs. Seldom are piers actually needed, and alternative repairs are usually less expensive and disruptive than piering. The big bonus, is that if these problems are not required to be treated as structural foundation damage, they should be disclosed as drainage or plumbing issues rather than "foundation damage" when selling.
The best way to find out this information is by consulting with someone who is neither selling piers or profiting by the sale of piers.
"Richard, I just wanted to let you know that after installing the gutters and placing the dirt around the house and leaving the sprinkler off for a while the house has begun to shift back. The front storm door is almost shutting without having to pull on it and one of the locks that would not lock is almost engaging all the way. My money was well spent with you and I am very pleased with the results. Now just some more time before we go in and paint and fix the spots that moved. Thanks for your help sir"
If you or anyone you know has questions about slab, pier and beam, or basement foundation issues please contact me, call or text: 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 in my NEWSLETTER. You may also contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.