FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We do have SUPRA access.
Every home is different. It is impossible to determine accurately. We ask that you wait 90 days as a general rule before making any cometic repairs.
We offer surface drains (most popular), french drains and drainage swales.
Sink holes can and do happen post repair. When we dig to put in piers clay soil comes out from under your home in clumps. After the piers are installed we pack the clay back into the hole. There are always voids left in between the clumps. After a good rain the clay will become soupy and compact into the voids and collapse the top soil resulting in a “sink” hole. If this occurs just give us a call and we will send one of our team members to fill it in.
Concrete piers are used on most houses, they are the cheaper option but still reliable. Steel piers while costly, are the best option. Concrete piers are 6 inches in diameter and 12 inches tall. Steel piers are 3 inches in diameter and 12 inches tall. The difference in diameter is the key to depth as they are friction based piers. Depth is the key to stability! Steel piers get deeper!
Maintaining a proper watering program for your home’s foundation is crucial for its stability. Here are some tips to help you:
1. Know your soil: Understand the soil type around your foundation. Clay soils tend to shrink and expand more dramatically with moisture changes, while sandy soils drain water more quickly. Adjust your watering accordingly.
2. Consistent moisture: Aim for consistent moisture levels around the foundation to minimize soil movement. Avoid extreme dryness or saturation. The goal is to keep the soil moisture level as stable as possible.
3. Watering schedule: Develop a watering schedule based on local climate and the needs of your foundation. In general, during hot and dry periods, water once or twice a week. In cooler or rainy seasons, reduce the frequency accordingly.
4. Water deeply: When watering, apply water deeply to encourage the roots to grow deeper into the soil. Shallow watering promotes shallow root growth, which can be problematic for the foundation. Use slow, steady watering methods to allow the water to penetrate the soil.
5. Soaker hoses or drip irrigation: Consider using soaker hoses or drip irrigation systems around the foundation. These methods provide slow, consistent watering and minimize water runoff.
6. Avoid excessive runoff: Be mindful of excessive water runoff around the foundation, as it can erode the soil and lead to foundation issues. If you notice significant runoff, adjust your watering technique or install gutters and downspouts to direct water away from the foundation.
7. Monitor moisture levels: Regularly check the moisture levels around your foundation using a moisture meter or by manually inspecting the soil. Adjust your watering program as needed to maintain proper moisture levels.
Remember, it’s always a good idea to consult with a foundation specialist or a professional landscaper who can provide guidance tailored to your specific home and foundation needs.
We provide a one year warranty on all pier and beam repairs, meaning we will make adjustments for free for one calendar year after the original repairs. For all concrete and steel piers we provide a lifetime warranty meaning any adjustments ever needed on the piers will be done for free. In some cases your home might need more piers in the future due to shifting in another area on your home, this will be an extra cost but the new piers will also be adjusted for free in the future.
Every home is different, due to constant weather changes and soil movement in our state each home will shift differently. This is why we provide a lifetime warranty on our work, it is not your fault the home is shifting.
Foundation failure indicators can vary depending on the specific circumstances, but here are some common signs to look out for:
1. Cracks in the foundation: Vertical, diagonal, or horizontal cracks can indicate foundation issues. Pay attention to the size, location, and number of cracks.
2. Uneven or sloping floors: If you notice that your floors are no longer level or have started to slope, it could be a sign of foundation problems.
3. Doors and windows sticking or not closing properly: Foundation issues can cause shifts in the structure, resulting in misaligned doors and windows that are difficult to open or close.
4. Wall and ceiling cracks: Cracks appearing on interior walls, especially near doors and windows, or on the exterior walls can be a sign of foundation movement.
5. Gaps between walls, floors, and ceilings: Separation or widening gaps between different parts of the structure can indicate foundation settlement or movement.
6. Sagging or bowing walls: If you notice walls that are bulging inward or outward, it could be a sign of foundation failure.
7. Brick Veneer and window frame seperation
1. Installation process: Pressed concrete piers are installed by driving cylindrical concrete cylinders or segments into the ground using hydraulic jacks. This is done until load-bearing strata or stable soil layers are reached. The piers are then connected to the foundation using steel brackets.
2. Load-bearing capacity: The pressed concrete piers are engineered to support the weight of the structure and counteract the effects of expansive clay soils, which are prevalent in the DFW area. The piers distribute the load evenly, providing stability and preventing further settlement or movement.
3. Benefits: Pressed concrete piers offer several advantages. They can be installed relatively quickly and with minimal disruption to the property. They are cost-effective compared to other foundation repair methods. Additionally, they provide long-lasting support and can help restore the levelness and integrity of the foundation.
4. Soil stabilization: By reaching deeper, more stable soil layers, pressed concrete piers help stabilize the foundation. This reduces the risk of future settlement or movement caused by the expansive clay soils commonly found in the DFW metroplex.
5. Professional assessment: It is important to have a professional foundation repair company assess your property. They will consider factors such as soil conditions, the severity of the foundation problem, and other relevant factors to develop a tailored repair plan.
Remember, this is a general description of pressed concrete piers as a common repair method in the DFW metroplex. The specifics of the repair process may vary based on the unique circumstances of your foundation and the recommendations of the foundation repair professionals.