Frequently asked questions:
A: Foundation repair varies in cost from structure to structure. Some structures require more piers than others, each structure must be inspected by a trained professional in order to determine the extent of the repair needed.
A: Most homes can be repaired in 2 days. Some homes can take up to 5 days while a lot of others will only need 1 day.
A: In most cases, you will notice minimal disturbance to your yard and landscape. Some extreme cases will require more digging and disturbance. We hand dig all of our holes and we use plastic to protect your lawn during the process.
A: Different companies use different methods to repair slab foundations. The warranty period is the big difference between what method will last, and what method is a temporary fix. We offer the Dual-Pier method, Steel Piers and Single Pressed Pilings because we want to offer a lifetime warranty and have products that will truly last.
A: In most cases, yes. If your home requires extensive interior piering, you might need to make arrangements for 1 or 2 nights to avoid any inconvenience. These cases are extreme and not very common at all.
A: Usually 2 days, in some cases it will be 1 day or a maximum of 5 days. There is no drying time with our method because we use a pre-cast pier.
A: All homes that are built on the expansive clay soils found in Texas can benefit from soil stabilization. This can help prevent problems from occurring and can stabilize homes that are moving, but not settling to the point of needing piers. Soil stabilization can also be use in conjunction with foundation piers. We can also stabilize the soil before you build your home so you will have the piece of mind of knowing you addressed the issue, before it became a problem.
A: Soaker hose can help the foundation in the hot summer months. Soaker hoses can cause foundation problems as well. If you use soaker hoses, you must keep in mind that there is a fine line between too wet and too dry. We explicitly forbid the use of soaker hoses on homes we have installed piers on, soaker hose can cause upheaval, which is actually a worse problem than settling. It is not hard to lift a home back to it's original position with piers, but there is no proven method for correcting upheaval. A much better and more permanent solution is soil stabilization.
A: Yes, a licensed structural engineer is well worth the money, not all engineers are created equal. Be diligent in your search for an engineer, ask friends, neighbors or relatives who have had foundation repair. AVOID non-licensed "Consultants" who charge a fee, the only people who should charge you a fee for an evaluation is a licensed structural engineer, and a reputable engineer will charge between $450 and $600, avoid the bargain engineers, you truly get what you pay for.
What repair methods to avoid:
There are many methods being used for foundation repair. Some of these methods were tried in the 60's and 70's with limited or no success. Due to the soil conditions we have in this part of Texas, the only successful methods for repairing slab foundations involve pressing a pier into the sub-strata and building a resistance using the weight of the building to determine maximum depth.
These are some of the methods you might encounter during your research into foundation repair. Each method has it's pro's and con's listed: