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Frequently Asked Questions
texas foundation repair If I notice foundation damage, can I get a free estimate on repairs?
  A reputable company should be glad to visit and inspect the apparent damage without charge. Be
prepared to allow a more extensive inspection in areas where damage may be less apparent.
foundation repair Texas Can I do something to prevent damage from occurring in the first place?
  Most definitely. See the second chapter of this brochure for specifics.
foundation repair Amarillo What should one look for in a foundation repair contractor?
 
This is a fairly complex question
  1. Look for a lifetime warranty that is valid for the life of the home. Be aware of additional service fees attached to the warrenty.
  2. Look for a good track record. Check with the Better Business Bureau for complaints.
  3. Look for longevity. Has the contractor been in business very long? Do they have a physical address or just a PO box?
foundation repair Texas How long do repairs typically take?
  The repair process can take as few as 2-3 days, but be ready for longer durations if damage is extensive.
foundation repair Texas How much is it going to cost?
  There is no way to tell until the damage has been ascertained, but costs between $6 and $12 thousand are
about average.
foundation repair Texas Once my foundation is fixed, will it stay fixed?
  Unusual geological, weather, or man-made forces can always negatively impact your foundation, however... if
you have a lifetime warranty on the job from a reliable contractor, your worries are minimal.
 
  Signs of Problems (self diagnosis)
 
Exterior Cracking
Cracking in the brickwork (or other masonry), especially in the mortar, is a sure sign of foundation problems. The foundation itself may be cracked or sinking. In any case, the foundation is no longer supporting the exterior masonry which tends to settle over the weak foundation area.
Cracking may be less evident on exterior surfaces such as wood frame. Here, look for bowing or gaps developing between joints.
Interior Damage
Cracking of sheetrock or other interior wall surfaces may well indicate foundation damage. Sheetrock is rigidand will react to uneven pressure by cracking or gapping at the joints. Interior tile surfaces react much the same way as brickwork, cracking along the mortar. Wooden flooring may be more flexible and not show cracking, but may seem
uneven and tilted.
 
Take notice if doors and/or windows begin to stick or will not
close easily. The frames may be twisted out-of-square by uneven
pressure of a shifting foundation.
 
Watch the Soil!
If soil seems to be pulling away from the foundation, the foundation may be shifting or settling into a new and potentially damaging position. Periodically inspect where soil meets the foundation
while gardening or performing routine house maintenance.
Preventative Maintenance
Have Fresh Water and Sewer Lines Tested
One major cause of foundation damage is excessive moisture from broken or leaking water/sewer lines. Water saturated soil will not support most foundations indefinitely unless the
foundation is secured to the bedrock.
Have a plumber do a static test on your lines every five years. Much water damage goes unnoticed because
the moist soil may be out of sight. Don’t wait for problems to develop!
Begin a Scheduled Water Program
Though too much water is dangerous, so is too little, especially in dry regions of the country. Moisten soil around the foundation during dry times with a soaker hose or sprinkler system. Do
this when you are watering the lawn or if you notice soil pulling
away from the foundation.
Install Positive Drainage
Over saturation can occur from ordinary rainwater if excess water is not channeled away from all sides of your home.
Installation of devices such as debris-resistant gutters and French drains will go a long way towards protecting your biggest investment...your home.
 
 
Possible Future Problems Resulting from Delaying Repair
 
Irreversible Damage
Even with warning signs evident, it’s perfectly natural to put off foundation repair and hope the problems go away. They won’t.
Left unattended, minor fixable problems almost always get worse leading to irreversibly damaged slabs or beams. This kind of major damage can also be repaired, but at a much higher cost.
High Repair Costs
Not only does a broken slab or beam incur high repair costs, but so does the accompanying cosmetic work. Often, your house will have
suffered extensive exterior and interior injury as a result of a damaged foundation. This only adds to he cost of restoring your home to its old self.
Lower Resale Value
If you intend to sell your home someday, the price will be substantially less with a damaged foundation. Some buyers actually look for damaged foundations in order to secure a lower selling price.
Even after full foundation and cosmetic restoration, it might be difficult to convince a buyer that the foundation is truly fixed without a lifetime guarantee from a reputable contractor.
Methods of Foundation Repair
 
Use of Pressed Pilings  
Pilings are vertical structures that are pressed into the earth and support the foundation slab or beams. Pressed pilings come in two configurations, concrete and steel.  
Concrete pilings are concrete cylinders stacked on top of one another. The advantages
are that they won’t corrode and are cost effective.
 
Use of Steel Pilings  
Traditional Steel pilings are able to be driven deep, however, there is a potential drawback to the standard method of installation. They tend to be expensive and traditional steel pilings are bracketed to the side of the home, thereby providing no support directly underneath the slab.

When installed with this method, the pier itself is only as strong as the bracket that supports the weight of your home.

A newer method of steel piers is installing them directly underneath the perimeter grade beam in the same fashion as the pressed pilings. This eliminates the bracketing element from the system so that the weight of the home is supported directly by the steel piers.
 
 
Use of Spread Footings
Also known as Drilled Piers, they are a cheaper, temporary measure that creates a block (usually concrete) below a pier to keep it from sinking any farther. They may work fine for a couple of years.
What to Look for in a Contractor
 
Lengthy Track Record
Look for longevity in business through references, customer testimonials, their web site, and the Better Business Bureau.
It must be said that there are some unscrupulous foundation repair contractors that do substandard work; collect your money; then change their name and/or location to avoid litigation. Unfortunate, but true.
Size matters. A contractor should be large enough to employ a real person to answer the phone.
Clean Record with the BBB
Check for length of membership and complaints. No company can be in business for a long time without some complaints, but compare the number of complaints with the total number of customers served.
 
Real Customer Service
Look for customer service in the form of a written and easily understood contract which should include a plan for pier location. Make sure the piers are no more than six feet apart.
Other services should include restoring your lawn and shrubs to their former state and clean, careful treatment
of your home and belongings.
 
The Right Price
Get an iron clad estimate and shop it around. If a price is too good to be true, look again. On the other hand, an exorbitant price does not guarantee a quality job.
 
Be wary of those that insist on payment in cash, especially before the work is done.
 
What to Expect After the Work is Completed
 
Minor Shifting
Some minor shifting may occur between 45 and 90 days after completion as the repaired foundation settles into place. Accordingly, it is advisable to wait 90 days before attempting cosmetic work on your home.
Dirt Hole Settlement
Some settling of dirt around piers is to be expected in the
first few months, depending on the time of year. Make sure your contractor agrees to fill in the settled area with new dirt.
A Written Warranty
The warranty should be for at least five to ten years or better yet, lifetime. Of course, this is only as good as the lifetime of the contractor.
 
  Bottom Line
  foundation repair Amarillo Simple maintenance is likely to result in a foundation that won’t let you down..
  foundation repair Amarillo Stay vigilant and watch for problems
  foundation repair Amarillo Quick treatment is the best medicine.
  foundation repair Amarillo Pick your contractor wisely.
  foundation repair Amarillo Take care of your foundation and it’ll take care of you.
 
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