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Jun 28

Blog post 6-29-17

By Richard Rash | Foundation Repair Consultant

Read it and Learn

Today’s main story: the Beware Foundation Repair Lifetime Warranty. What it doesn’t do is what makes it almost worthless.

But first... Today's Homeowner tip: I would like to point out a very important homeowner tip that many people know, but most don’t really understand and often ignore. That is, the soil level around your home which is very important in preventing termites.

Termites live in moist soil. Termites can jump a couple of inch's. Most homes are frame construction meaning even “brick” homes are supported by wood members. Termites can enter very small areas. Termites destroy wood. Conclusion: do not let your soil get too high next to the foundation. It is wise to leave at least two to three inches between soil and top of concrete foundation.

If soil level is low enough that it holds water next to home, do not raise soil level to near brick. If soil height is a problem, it must be addressed to avoid foundation issues, but not at the risk of termites. There are way to avoid both primarily improved drainage. Contact me and I will be glad to help you figure what works best for you.

And Now: Famous foundation problem!

13-storey apartment building collapsed in Chinese city of Shanghai, which was almost finished. It fell without being destroyed, like a domino.
It gives the impression as if the building was razed as a tree and was laid down...
According to the official version, the reason of the building collapsing was the construction of the underground garage and the loose soil.


HOME OWNER HUMOR

TODAY'S MAIN STORY

FOUNDATION REPAIR "LIFETIME WARRANTIES"

The "default" LIFETIME WARRANTIES in the foundation repair business are pretty much worthless. Read on and learn why!

The "default" LIFETIME WARRANTIES in the foundation repair business are pretty much worthless. Read on and learn why!

I have been dealing with foundation repair contractors in North Texas for over thirty-five years, first as a foundation repair contractor and since 2004 as an Independent Foundation Repair and Drainage Consultant. What I have learned is: Foundation Repair Contractors sell piers.

I have been dealing with foundation repair contractors in North Texas for over thirty-five years, first as a foundation repair contractor and since 2004 as an Independent Foundation Repair and Drainage Consultant. What I have learned is: Foundation Repair Contractors sell piers.

Those that don’t promote piers to lift, either promote mud-jacking or foam injection to accomplish the lifting. ALL OF THESE PROCEDURES ARE HIGHLY PROFITABLE TO THE CONTRACTOR AND ALLOW FOR HIGH COMMISSIONS TO THEIR SALESMEN!  That's why they do it, and in spite of what they advertise, that is about all they do, lift buildings. Many of which do not need lifting. 

What must be understood is,  most foundation movement in areas of highly expansive soils come from upheaval and not settlement and upheaval does not react well to piers. When part of a building is temporarily above grade you do not permanently lift the rest of the building up to match, when instead, you can get the high part back down with minimal expense.

Signs of foundation damage from upheaval and bad drainage.

The problem is, unless a home or other building has experienced a severe earthquake, or support has been removed by a mudslide or a sink hole or other traumatic natural, or man made earth shift, the chances are slim that piers, or any kind of lifting, would be helpful. In fact, the lifting of most foundation damaged structures in Texas can cause additional problems at a later date.

Foundation damage due to sinkhole

Serious Foundation Damage

What most people don’t understand is that piers, when used correctly to replace lost support, seldom fail.  In the great majority of cases where "piers fail", the piers should not have been installed in the first place.  Most foundation movement outside of earthquakes, mudslides, sinkholes and other traumatic shaking of the earth is the result of upheaval. 

That would mean most foundation repair failures, without obvious trauma, do not need piers, are not helped by piers, and are not covered by the popular  LIFETIME WARRANTIES. 

How it Works

Here is the story of the FOUNDATION REPAIR LIFETIME WARRANTIES. Most foundation repair warranties are written with the intention of protecting the contractors. They wrote them, so why wouldn’t they cover their own butts as much as possible. When I got into the business in 1980 most foundation repairs were warrantied for one to three years. As the years went by, some contractor, usually a new one would raise the length of time in order to have an advantage. First to five years warrantie and everyone followed, then to ten years, then fifteen and on and on up to twenty five years. Well the rest of us had to follow to be competitive. Then it was inevitable someone said I'll guarantee it for the life of the structure. Now during this relatively short period of time a couple of things happened. First, a lot of contractors that tried to honor the long term warranties fell by the wayside because many repairs didn't last and they couldn't afford to make the customers happy. Secondly the contractors came up with a contract that forced the customers to agree to go to arbitration instead of suing when foundation repairs failed to fix the problem. The arbitrators following the wording of warranties are unable to rule in favor of the customer unless the piers which are what is warrantied drop into a hole allowing the foundation to drop with it...and that seldom happens.

Let me explain: All of the foundation repair, lifetime warranties, that I have seen in the last thirty years COVER ONLY vertical settlement of the piers. In other words if the piers don't drop into a hole, taking the foundation down with it, the warranties are a non-issue, in spite of what the foundation does, on or around the piers. Think about this: the job is not covered, just the piers, and the piers are only covered if they fall into a hole.If the piers heave you are not covered, if anywhere else, away from the piers moves up, down or sideways your not covered. In areas of severe earthquakes, sinkholes or mudslides those occurrences are  usually not covered. 

THE SCAM: The first thing the foundation company says is let's look at the elevations, Everything is based on elevations, and guess what. the elevations are a fraud. I have explained this in detail on my website (www.repairfoundations.com). The short of it is; without elevations based on a sea level benchmark, from the day the slab was poured , which no one has, you can't tell if a building has settled or heaved and was poured that way.  This means that when the original salesman comes out he can make the elevations say what he wants based on where he call zero. If he is selling piers he can make it appear to have settled. If he comes out to check on the warranties he can make it appear to have heaved, which is not covered by any lifetime warranties that I know of. See my website for more information on elevations.

Now you ask, how can that be.... well among the reasons could be, that there is no licensing or oversite in the state of Texas. The cities use construction permits to raise money not to protect their citizens, The engineers who deal with foundation repair exempt themselves from liability plus they profit from failed repairs, and the media flourishes off of the foundation repair advertising, Oh yes, the big foundation companies  make a killing and  most of the public just goes a long with their heads buried. Other than that I couldn't tell you how this can be.

The absolute bottom line is:

If it appears your home or commercial building is starting to show foundation movement you want to find out the real cause, and stop, and hopefully reverse it. It could be soil settlement or more likely soil upheaval, but whichever ....

If the diagnosis is wrong your foundation repairs will fail!

And it will cost you!

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 a check and balance!

Don't deal with it alone.

Be very careful before placing your home in the hands of someone who’s livelihood is based on the sale of piers, or someone who uses foundation elevations to convince you that piers are the answer!

If you would like  help in making sure that you don't get in a spot where you may have to do it all over again, at your expense, contact me. If I don't help you, you don't pay me! That's my warranty! 

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Jun 14

Foundation Man Blog from Richard Rash

By Richard Rash | Foundation Repair Consultant

Welcome to my blog

Most people delay dealing with foundation issues because they are afraid of getting it wrong. And they often do!

Foundation damage due to sinkhole

Unless your home has experienced a major earthquake, mud slide, sinkhole or other catastrophic trauma, such as the image on the left, it is unlikely that the structure needs piers.

In most cases foundation movement with symptoms similar to the image on the right are the result of expansive soils shrinking and or swelling unevenly under and around the foundation, and usually do not need piers.


Most often what is referred to as foundation damage is, in reality, cosmetic damage to sheet-rock, brick, hard floor covering or door frames.

This is usually caused by expanding soils causing areas of the foundation to be lifted, independently, from the rest of the foundation.

When this is caught and stopped early the reversal of most of the movement is usually possible without costly piers.

In fact the installation of piers, where expanding soil is involved is at best non productive and will usually result in additional problems down the line.

Each instance of foundation movement is specific to its own situation. From the soil composition of the lot, to the slope of the lot, to what is or has been in, on, or under that specific lot.

Is there a spring or was there a pond or creek or outhouse or even a well, now, or at some time in the past on the area of the lot.

What was the land used for, farming? Was their an old settlement? Was it at one time a marsh? Any and all of these things may affect how your structure is affected by the soil.

Add to that how the lot was prepared. Cut and filled? Piered through fill soil or not? Retaining wall installed or required? Type of foundation? Type of foundation re-enforcement? How about vegetation before and after construction?  Nearby construction after your home is finished? Pre-construction drainage, post-construction drainage, drainage after nearby construction? All of the above and more can go into causing foundation movement in your home or anything else built in or on expansive soils.

The most important question: what was the moisture level of the lot when the concrete was poured. That will go a long way in determining  how to address and control any foundation movement and or damage. 

People that follow my blog will, learn how to recognize foundation movement that may lead to structural damage. They should also learn generalized steps toward preventing foundation movement, stopping foundation movement and often reversing negative foundation movement. 

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If you have explored foundation repair, who do you believe? I suggest you learn as much about the foundation repair business as possible.

Richard Rash with grand-kids.

The foundation Man with Grand-kids.

Hello, I am Richard Rash and my blog is aimed at helping you sort through those issues. If the blog isn’t enough give me a call and we can talk. 

​By following my blog, you should gain great insight on how to avoid foundation problems, stop foundation movement and reverse foundation damage.

​I have been in the foundation business for over 35 years and been acting as an independent foundation and drainage consultant to property owners since 2005.

Richard Rash in pier hole.

Foundation man in pier hole 1981

I probably know as much, and maybe more, about foundation damage and how to deal with it than anyone in North Texas.

My job is to keep you from getting taken advantage of by builders, foundation and drainage contractors, as well as, anyone else who may seek to take advantage of you where a structural foundation is involved. This may include plumbers, insurance companies, remodeling contractors, realtors or engineers.

Here are some things you will learn from upcoming issues of the Foundation Mans Blog:

  • · How to tell If you have foundation damage that needs immediate attention and repairs.
  • · If you just have simple cosmetic damage caused by minor foundation movement.
  • · Conventional repair methods.
  • · Alternative repair methods.
  • · If you can, and wish to do it yourself I will explain how.
  • · Fraud, scams, myths and omissions by those in the foundation business.
  • · Watering your foundation.
  • · Different types of piers.
  • · Different types of drainage correction methods.
  • · How plumbing leaks affects foundations.
  • Likely, most important how the soils affect your structure.

· I can and will go on an on……….including vague bids, worthless elevations and warranties designed to protect the contractor.

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So…. Who benefits from my blog and my service?

Anyone who wants to avoid foundation problems, thinks they may have foundation or drainage damage, and wants to know how bad it is. Anyone wanting to know what is causing the damage, what can be done to prevent more damage, as well as, what can be done to stop or reverse the currant damage.

Knowing these things can immediately lower your stress level, save you money and give you the peace of mind, that you have fixed it correctly and permanently.

I take my responsibility very seriously. When it comes to foundation and drainage issues my job is to alleviate your stress. To let you know what you need, why you need it, what is the most you should pay for it and how to maintain it.

Every year thousands of Texans are sold repairs that do not work for their specific problem and which often cause additional distress.

Many more people, with what they think might be foundation problems, but are not, are sold piers and other costly “repairs” that were completely un-necessary and that could have been easily remedied with drainage or other simple maintenance.

One of the reasons that these things can and do happen is because there is no state licensing or over site in Texas. If you want to be a foundation contractor, pass out flyers, get a down payment. Then hire some laborers off the street, rent some equipment and try not to screw the structure up. That’s all it takes.

Other reasons that it is hard to get a fair deal with foundation repair are as follows:

· There are way too many foundations companies, with untrained salespeople, who are trying to sell un-need products. If you get five bids you will almost surely receive five different recommendations. Different types of piers, different numbers or piers and different placement of piers.

· Many foundation repair companies say and do anything to sell piers and have sale people who are paid on commission, and are pressured to sell piers, needed or not. If they don’t sell piers, they don’t eat.

· Many foundation companies have relationships with “independent “engineers, with who they have a “I’ll scratch your back and you scratch mine” arraignment. In other words, engineers who get paid to stamp pier recommendations, often without seeing the structure.

· This is a big one: Foundation repair companies who use nonscientific “elevations” to sell piers, which is bad science and a scam. If they take elevations, make them show you the original elevations of the house, to sea-level, that they use as a benchmark. It won’t work without a benchmark and nobody has the benchmark!

· Foundation companies give vague bids, mis-leading contracts and “Lifetime Warrantees” written for the contractor and not the consumer. They all seem to Be the same.

Questions? Follow my blog or call me and I will explain each of the above statements!

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May 09

Foundation Man Blog

By Richard Rash | Foundation Repair Consultant

Why Would You Contact a Foundation Repair/Drainage Control Consultant?

You may wish to find out the truth about:

1. How to prevent foundation movement?

2. If you have foundation movement severe enough to need Piers?

3. How to stop foundation movements?

4. How to reverse foundation movement?

5. What kind of foundation repairs will work best on your property?

6. What kind of piers will be the best value for your property?

7. Are piers the answer to your problem?

8. Is drainage the answer?

9. Do you need piers and drainage together fix it?

10. Do you have a leak that is causing the problem?

11. If you have a leak how do you find out if is it incoming, outgoing or both?

12. How do you determine if you have a leak and if it is causing the movement?

13. Do you need plumbing work and piers? And or drainage?

14. Why elevations of my slab are a scam and won’t tell me if I need piers?

15. Are all piers the same?

16. Why aren’t similar piers priced similarly?

17. Why do repairs fail?

Richard Rash 817-308-8186                Email: richardrashinc@tx.rr.com                    Website:www.repairfoundations.com

18. Why would a foundation company salesman sell me piers I don’t need?

19. Why would a foundation company salesman tell me I don’t need piers when I know something is wrong?

20. Why are my bids so different in number and price?

21. Why would a drainage contractor salesman sell me drains that don’t function correctly?

22. Why would my plumber not do an adequate test of my sewer line?

23. Why would my foundation repair warrantee be worthless?

24. What would keep me from being able to sue if I am unhappy with the work?

25. How could my insurance company wrongly reject my claim of a leak causing foundation damage?

26. How important is a sprinkler system in protecting my foundation?

27. Should I install an underground foundation watering system?

28. Does it make any difference what kind of piers a foundation company uses?

29. Are slabs, or pier and beam (crawlspace) foundations more likely to have foundation movement?

30. What are root barriers and are they a valid repair?

31. What constitutes foundation damage in a sales disclosure?

32. How do I know if a house I am buying has foundation problems?

Richard Rash 817-308-8186                      Email: richardrashinc@tx.rr.com                Website: www.repairfoundations.com

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May 02

Foundation Repair Blog

By Richard Rash | Foundation Repair Consultant

Introducing the Independent Foundation Repair Blog

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Read on to enjoy my blog and keep up to date on what's going on with area foundations.

Unless your home has experienced a major earthquake, mud slide, sinkhole or other catastrophic trauma it is unlikely that the structure needs piers.

In most cases foundation movement is the result of expansive soils shrinking and or swelling unevenly under and around the foundation.

Most often what is referred to as foundation damage is, in reality, cosmetic damage to sheet-rock, brick, hard floor covering or door frames.

This is usually caused by expanding soils causing areas of the slab to be lifted, independently, from the rest of the slab.

When this is caught and stopped early the reversal of most of the movement is usually possible without costly piers.

In fact the installation of piers, where expanding soil is involved is at best non productive and usually results in additional problems down the line.

It is also a fact, that the taking of elevations to determine cause of damage or need for piers is a scam unless the original elevations from the date of construction, based on a sea-level benchmark is available! And I have never seen one! So be aware. For additional information on this subject click here!

In most cases the problem can be stopped and usually reversed much less expensively by controlling the moisture levels of the soil.

If you have previously experienced “foundation repair” that was less than successful and are unable to get satisfaction from a contractor or the contractor has gone out of business. contact me and I will at least guide you toward a resolution.

One of my main concerns is that with out state licensing or over-site there are various scams that have dominated the market, especially in areas of expansive soils. These would include, elevation scams, contract and warranty scams, as well as overselling piers and selling un-needed piers for upheaval problems, which is a scam, all of which negatively affect foundation repairs.

It is my job to work as an independent foundation repair consultant to help with homeowners, owners, of multifamily units, owners of commercial buildings and with buildings operated by cities, counties, states and the federal government to advice them of correct diagnoses, proper repair procedures and fair costs when dealing with foundation damage and foundation repair.

As mentioned above most structures built on expansive soils such as North Texas and surrounding areas do not often experience catastrophic foundation disasters. Most often what is perceived as foundation damage is in reality foundation movement that causes cosmetic damage to ridged material of the building construction such as sheet rock, hard flooring, door frames and bricks that are attached as siding and not support of the structure. ( NOTE: your “brick home” is actually a frame home with brick siding. The removal of which would not affect the structural integrity of the structure. Meaning that LOOSE OR BROKEN bricks DO NOT MEAN YOUR HOUSE IS FALLING DOWN AND ARE USUALLY NOT A HAZARD IF THEY DON’T FALL ON YOU.)

Unless your home or other building has been affected by earthquakes, sink holes, mudslides, or other catastrophic soil movement it is highly unlikely that a bunch of piers are required to repair the structure. Most often the beginning damage is cosmetic and caught in time can be treated with drainage, plumbing repair or soil retaining. Left untreated the problems will continue and may escalate into foundation damage that will need piers or other form of lifting. For more information please go to site homepage.

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Apr 29

Independent, Unbiased, Trustworthy

By Richard Rash | Foundation Repair Consultant

Richard Rash: 817-308-8186,  Email: consultant@repairfoundations.com

Click here for foundation repair information you need!

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

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Apr 28

Foundation Repair Blog

By Richard Rash | Foundation Repair Consultant

​Read on to enjoy my blog and keep up to date on what's going on with area foundations.

Foundation repair from sinkhole damage.

Foundation repair of earthquake damaged homes.

Unless your home has experienced a major earthquake, mud slide, sinkhole or other catastrophic trauma it is unlikely that the structure needs piers.

In most cases foundation movement is the result of expansive soils shrinking and or swelling unevenly under and around the foundation.

Most often what is referred to as foundation damage is, in reality, cosmetic damage to sheet-rock, brick, hard floor covering or door frames.

This is usually caused by expanding soils causing areas of the slab to be lifted, independently, from the rest of the slab.  

When this is caught and stopped early the reversal of most of the movement is usually possible without costly piers.

In fact the installation of piers, where expanding soil is involved is at best non productive and usually results in additional problems down the line.

It is also a fact, that the taking of elevations to determine cause of damage or need for piers is a scam unless the original elevations from the date of construction, based on a sea-level benchmark is available! And I have never seen one! So be aware. For additional information on this subject click here!

In most cases the problem can be stopped and usually reversed much less expensively by controlling the moisture levels of the soil.

The foundation man

Richard Rash

If you have previously experienced “foundation repair” that was less than successful and are unable to get satisfaction from a contractor or the contractor has gone out of business. contact me and I will at least guide you toward a resolution.

One of my main concerns is that with out state licensing or over-site  there are various scams that have dominated the market, especially in areas of expansive soils. These would include, elevation scams, contract and warranty scams, as well as overselling  piers and selling un-needed piers for upheaval problems, which is a scam, all of which negatively affect foundation repairs.

It is my job to work as an independent foundation repair consultant to help with homeowners, owners, of multifamily units,  owners of commercial buildings and with buildings operated by cities, counties, states and the federal government to advice them of correct diagnoses, proper repair procedures and fair costs when dealing with foundation damage and foundation repair.

As mentioned above most structures built on expansive soils such as North Texas and surrounding areas do not often experience catastrophic foundation disasters. Most often what is perceived as foundation damage is in reality foundation movement that causes cosmetic damage to ridged material of the building construction such as sheet rock, hard flooring, door frames and bricks that are attached as siding and not support of the structure. ( NOTE: your “brick home” is actually a frame home with brick siding. The removal of which would not affect the structural integrity of the structure. Meaning that LOOSE OR BROKEN bricks DO NOT MEAN YOUR HOUSE IS FALLING DOWN AND ARE USUALLY NOT A HAZARD IF THEY DON’T FALL ON YOU.)

Unless your home or other building has been affected by earthquakes, sink holes, mudslides,  or other catastrophic soil movement it is highly unlikely that a bunch of piers are required to repair the structure. Most often the beginning damage is cosmetic and caught in time can be treated with drainage, plumbing repair or soil retaining. Left untreated the problems will continue and may escalate into foundation damage that will need piers or other form of lifting. For more information please go to site homepage.

 

Jan 10

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By Richard Rash | Foundation Repair Consultant

Be very careful when placing your home in the hands of someone who’s livelihood is based on the sale of piers, or uses foundation elevations to convince you that piers are the answer.

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 Watering      Elevations      Pier and Beam      Scams       About      Contact  Me      Testimonials      Fees       FAQ

 Welcome to “www.repairfoundations.com” 

Hi, I’m Richard Rash, the foundation repair man. I know about as much about foundations issues as anyone in North Texas. 

Hundreds of people have paid me to come to their home and educate them about foundation repair issues. To my knowledge, no one has 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 difference in piers and how they work. 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.

Since retiring from active contracting, some eleven years ago, 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 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.

Richard Rash in pier hole.

Foundation man in pier hole.

Damage from foundation upheaval.

Signs of foundation damage in Texas. Signs of upheaval.

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

Commisioned foundation repair salesman.

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.

Foundation settlement

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 elevations

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.

Damage from upheaval.

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 over priced piers.

Failed foundation 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 richardrashinc@tx.rr.com

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”.

Foundation companies sell piers, I provide solutions. 

I know this is confusing and I will be glad to provide more information. Contact me at 817-308-8186. My email is richardrashinc@tx.rr.com.

Website: www.repairfoundations.com.

Blog: www.foundationmanspeaks.com.

Best bet: Consult an advocate!

Remember: Be sure ….before you pier!

  • Using pictures I explain:
    • how your home is built.
    • How the soil affects it.
    • How the moisture affects the soil.
    • How the soil causes the house to move.
  • I show you why and how the home is moving.
  • I tell you what can be done.
    • If you need piers:
      • I will explain the different types of piers.
      • I will explain how many you need.
      • I will explain where you need them.
      • I will explain the most you should pay for them.
    • If you need other work such as drainage, plumbing, root barriers or soaker hose I will explain it all.
  • I will answer all of your questions including about:
    • Bids.
    • Warranties.
    • Scams.
    • Homeowners insurance.
    • Home buyers warranties.
    • Slabs.
    • Pier and Beams.
    • Piers.
    • Drains.
  • I will send you an overview of our conversation (report).
  • I will encourage you to email me any bids you wish to discuss.
  • I will encourage you to continue to call me with any questions.

For additional information: Contact me: Richard Rash, 817-309-8186, email: .               See what my customers say : Testimonials.    Here are :   My Fees.       If you still are not sure, please carefully read over my website: www.repairfoundations.com. Then contact me with any questions. Thank you.

 Why Foundation Repairs Fail

Most people think that foundation movement is caused by settlement. In some parts of the country, that is true.

In areas of expansive soils, such as most of Texas and surrounding states, not so much! The people selling piers want everything to be the result of settlement because that is what piers are designed for. By definition settlement is generally looked at as a loss of support, and piers are designed to provide support, and in the case of foundations, provide support after lifting.  The truth is that there is really not much settling, percentage-wise, going on in our area or other areas of expansive soils and I will tell you why. By definition, expansive soils shrink and swell.

The pier salesmen want us to believe that every year we are in a new drought which is causing our soils to shrink out from under our foundations, (which were poured when the soil was expanded?)  allowing them to fail to a point that they need to be artificially lifted, by piers, up off of the shrinking soils that have failed them.

You know, I even bought into that line of thinking 30 plus years ago when I got into the foundation business.  That’s what everybody said so it must be true, or so I thought.

After working in the business for a while it became obvious to me that something didn’t add up. For one thing, there were about as many foundation job failures as there were successes. That didn’t seem right and the more I thought about it the more I realized that the drought that happened just about every summer was also going on during many of the falls and springs as well as the occasional winter. In fact, it seemed to me that when we did have rain it was seldom if ever enough to stop the drought. Also a fact, we have been in some sort of a drought most years since the 1930’s. It also dawned on me that most foundations were poured during these droughts, to the point the ground was already contracted  so that it couldn’t shrink much more, so why were, and how were these houses and commercial buildings settling? It struck me: they were not settling! You know what I figured out? I figured out that a whole bunch of this foundation failure business was not settlement but upheaval.

Upheaval due to rains

Houses were being built on dry contracted soil. Then the rains came after the houses were built. The contracted soils expanded around areas of homes where water was standing. Parts of the homes were lifted and parts were not, giving the illusion that settlement had occurred. What is considered the “settled” areas of the house remains near the “as built” elevation  where they were built while the damage was actually the result of the other parts of the house lifting. The results were that of a structure that appeared to have settled, but in reality had not.  So bottom line is that many homes thought to have areas settling, are actually having other areas of the house raising or heaving, leading to piering of parts of the house to bring it up to the already artificially high section of the home. When this is done, and it is done often in areas of expansive soils such as ours, the repairs seldom succeed. Either the soils continue to swell and lift the building off of the piers causing more damage, or the drainage or the plumbing is fixed and the heaved part of the structure settles back to near it’s “as built” position. This happens while the piers continue to support the lifted areas above original grade and this also leads to additional damage. *** To sum it up: most foundation movement is not settlement and most homes in our area do not need piers. That’s why there are so many failed foundation repair jobs. And sadly to say I don’t know of a foundation repair company whose LIFETIME WARRANTEE covers upheaval.

Note: As I have stated most foundation movement and damage in north Texas is the result of drainage/upheaval and not settlement. that almost surely mean that piers are not the answer. There are however adjustments that need to be done. They are seldom if ever as expensive or disruptive as piers but they must be attended to before the movement will stop or the damage should be repaired. I can help you determine what is needed and show you how to accomplish the repairs as inexpensively as possible. Remember I am not involved in the work and my job is to help you get it done correctly and fairly.

If you would like additional information about this or need clarification contact me, I will be glad to discuss it. See what my customers say at: Testimonials.    Here are :   My Fees.       For additional information: Contact me! Richard Rash 817-308-8186  with any questions. Thank you.

WHO I AM

I am Richard Rash and I am here to help you keep from getting taken advantage of by the foundation repair companies. I have spent the last thirty-five plus years working with foundation damaged homes constructed on expansive soils. I am based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area but go where I am needed and the economics warrant, such as San Antonio, Austin, Shreveport, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and cities and towns in-between.

I have been involved with thousands of foundation repairs in all size homes, apartments, hospitals, nursing homes, warehouses and small commercial buildings. I have worked as foundation inspector, contractor, consultant, and expert witness.

Since 2005, 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. I save my customers from failed foundation repairs, un-needed piers and I save them money. See what my customers say at: Testimonials.    Here are :   My Fees.      For additional information: Contact me! Richard Rash 817-308-8186

Understanding Foundation issues!

So you think you have foundation issues?    I can show you the difference between cosmetic and structural foundation movement! Do you have conflicting bids? I can explain them to you and offer independent direction!

  • Do you want to avoid paying too much? I can keep you from being overcharged!
  • Do you want to avoid failed repairs? I can help you make sure the work that you choose to have performed is the work that is needed!
  • Do you want to prevent or reverse foundation movement? I can show you the maintenance needed to prevent and often reverse foundation movement!
  • Are you looking to buy a home? I can inspect the home and alert you to undisclosed defects, covered up issues and potential problems.  Best of all I can assure you (1) if the foundation is sound and advise you on how to keep it that way, or (2) any repairs that would be needed if there has been foundation movement or (3) if previous foundation repairs are working!
  • Are you looking to sell your home? I can show you what must be done to prevent any last minute foundation issues from blocking the sale.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?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.For additional information:
  • See what my customers say at: Testimonials.    Here are :   My Fees.      
  • I will provide a written overview of our discussion including a summation and recap of recommendations.
  • If you are concerned with foundation issues I can answer your questions.

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Foundation Repair Website

By Richard Rash | Foundation Repair Consultant

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Welcome to the repairfoundations.com Website

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’ warranties. It cannot be legitimately covered under warrant 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.  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.

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