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Frequently ask foundation questions and answers

How can I avoid foundation movement?                                                              

This should be my most frequently asked questions. Is the great majority of foundation damage in areas of expansive soils avoidable? Proper planning and proper maintenance can go a very long way in preventing foundation movement.  The number one thing to take into consideration is drainage. Providing and maintaining proper moisture control around your home will go a long way toward preventing foundation movement and damage. Areas of importance would be in knowing where the moisture/water comes from and where it goes.  Have gutter downspout directing waters to stay away from the foundation.  Prevent sidewalks from trapping water next to homes.  Slope all soil from home. Keep soil tight against foundation so it will prevent moisture from flowing under the slab or into crawl space. Avoid erosion. If you have concerns let me advise you, my fee is a small price to pay to prevent possible major foundation problems. Contact Richard Rash 816-308-8186.

How do I handle minor foundation movement?                                                                     

There is a fine line between structural foundation damage and cosmetic foundation movement caused by a lack of soil maintenance. Cracks, swinging doors, and uneven and cracking floors are seldom signs of structural foundation damage when they first appear. In spite of foundation repair company propaganda, early signs of foundation movement are just that, signs of foundation movement, not signs that the foundation has been damaged. It is seldom necessary to use piers and move walls early on. In the majority of case, properly maintaining the soil will stop the movement and often reverse it. In most cases where minor movement is involved piers are not only unneeded but can cause additional problems.  In many cases, when the foundation movement can be stopped early, simple cosmetics are all that is needed and the whole situation is rightly regarded as a drainage problem and not a foundation issue. If you would like more information contact me.  I can be your advocate, your check, and balance.     Richard Rash, 817-308-8186.

 

How do I deal with somewhat major foundation damage?                                                          

If you think that your foundation movement has escalated to the point of foundation damage then you might need piers. The question becomes when do I need them, how many will I need, what kind of piers are best for my situation, who should I have put them in, and, how much is too much to pay. If it really appears you need piers I recommend you find out why the building is moving and put a stop to it.  If you don’t figure out why it is moving, any repairs are at best a roll of the dice and at worst a big step backwards. If it is swelling soils then you must stop the moisture source, such as find and fix a plumbing leak or reverse bad drainage and then allow the soil to dry. The drying out process may well allow the structure to return to close to “as built” and piers will not be needed. If piers are still needed it will take much less to do the job.   Piering before the soil dries can add great expense to foundation repair by having to install piers that likely would not be required after the soil dries. Foundation repair companies sell piers, I don’t.  I provide solutions! When it comes to the type of piers or number of piers I have no dog in the hunt I just want to see you get the work that you need to be done, by good people for a fair price.  For more information please call me Richard Rash at 817-308-8186.

How can I deal with failed foundation repair?                                                         

If you have experienced foundation repair that is not working, you are, unfortunately, not alone. Many foundation repairs fail because the tools most foundation companies use do not help with the problems that have caused the foundation to move.  Many times their contracts and warranties protect them from being made to “fix” the problem because the warranty was on the pier and not the problem. Most contracts have a clause that you must go to arbitration to settle disputes. The foundation companies do this regularly while most homeowners don’t, so guess who knows how to play the system? If you have warranty issues you may have some recourse or it may be to your advantage to just get it fixed again only this time correctly. If you need guidance I can help. I know their games. Call Richard Rash 817-308-8186  

How do I deal with selling a home with minor foundation damage?                                                                                                                                           

The terms “foundation movement” and “foundation damage” have become somewhat synonymous. Due to sales propaganda and just plain ignorance, many buyers are scared away from perfectly sound properties that may have experienced minor cosmetic damage or just a little wear and tear. To avoid having interested buyers walk away, or call a foundation company that will try to sell them piers, call me before you go on the market. I can show you how to stage the home in the best possible light by dealing with “scary signs” that usually mean nothing. This minor cost of doing business can prevent loss of buyers, speed up the sale and get top dollar.   Contact me! I can help! Richard Rash  817-308-8186

How do you buy a home without foundation issues?                                                          

Got your eye on your dream home but have uncertain feelings about the stability of the foundation. The seller may provide a disclosure of no problems but often the sellers do not recognize the true signs of foundation distress. Sometimes they ignore them, sometimes they cover them up and sometimes they don’t know about previous repairs.        Tip: look closely at homes where the bricks have been painted. Could be innocent, could be damage cover up. If you want to feel really comfortable about the property foundation, contact me. I can help. Spent a few bucks to know your investment is sound. Call me: Richard Rash 817-308-8186 Email: richardrashinc@tx.rr.com

How do you I know so much about foundations?

I’ve studied how to solve foundation problems for almost forty years, trying to find solutions to foundation movement rather than how to sell piers. That is why I know that the majority of foundation damaged structures do not require piers for a fix. See what my customers say at Testimonials.    Here are   My Fees.       For additional information: Contact me: Richard Rash, 817-308-8186

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