(improper drainage is the main cause of foundation movement and damage in North Texas)
Most people think that the majority of foundation movement is caused by settlement.
In some parts of the country,
that may be true, but not North Texas
How I Work:
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.
In areas of expansive soils, such as most of Texas and surrounding states, settlement is not the main cause of foundation movement and damage. If you sell piers, you 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. Remedial piers are designed to provide support, and in the case of foundations, to lift and provide support. The truth is that there is really not much settling, percentage-wise, going on in areas of expansive soils, such as Texas, and I will tell you why.
The pier salesmen would have us believe that every year we are in a new drought which is causing our soils to shrink out from under our foundations, which is not true.
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. The rally cry was ...if it moves, PIER IT! It was not true then, and is not true now!
After working in this business for awhile 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 going into, coming out of, or experiencing 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 that 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: most 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, that is mostly due to rains that follow a drought, that was happening when these houses were built!
Houses were being built on dry, contracted soil. Then the rains came after the houses were built. The contracted soils expanded unevenly 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.
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, that have not moved, which will 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.
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 WARRANTY covers upheaval.
As I have stated most foundation movement and damage in North Texas are the result of drainage/upheaval and not settlement. That means that piers are not the answer. There are however, usually 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 and before 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: Upheaval is the main cause of foundation distress in North Texas, but settlement can occur, and while the symptoms are similar to upheaval, the repairs are completely different.
Because my fee is preset I have no reason to recommend any particular repair and am alway happy to suggest the best best for your particular problem.
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.
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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 almost forty 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 contractor’s reputations. I know what works where, and how much it should cost. I save my customers from failed foundation repairs, unneeded 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