Advanced Foundation Repair

Dallas   214-333-0003
FTW   817-429-4658

5 Reasons Why You Should Not Put Off Repairing Your Foundation

Reasons Not to Put Off Foundation Repairs 1.  Plumbing Problems

With expanding the cracks and sloping floors, the risk of plumbing leaks increase.  Plumbing below a slab can become damaged from foundation movement. Not only will there be issues below the damaged area, but other parts of your home may become stressed and develop other leaks due to the home’s structure being flexed by foundation movement.

2.  Increased Energy Bills

Buildings are most efficient when there are no cracks in your home’s walls and ceiling to increase heat loss or gain in your home.  Heat can readily flow in during the summer and escape during the winter.  Distorted windows and cracked sticking door frames compromise the seals because of the uneven gaps.  This allows outside heat or cold into your home meaning your air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter use more energy to contain the desired room temperature. Continue reading

How to Survive Drought Conditions for Homeowners

Foundation Drought Issues DallasAs a Texas home owner, most typically worry about drought conditions when maintaining crops, cattle and landscapes, but during extended periods, these conditions are also known to cause shifting and cracking in the foundation of homes.  Many are unaware how drought conditions can also be created beneath the ground.  When expansive clay soil becomes extremely dry, the soil contracts and the foundation sinks. 

Unfortunately, when soil begins to sink in multiple directions, one might start to see cracks forming on their walls.  When soil is wet again, clay soil expands and lifts the foundation, sometimes closing the cracks.  Most homeowners do not notice this shifting until their doors become difficult to open and close or cracks appear, particularly on the corners of walls.  More extreme damages occur when a foundation crack causes pipes to break, chimneys to shift and bricks on or inside a home to crack and separate.  The best solution is to protect your foundation before this happens by watering the foundation to maintain consistent soil moisture around the home.

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Slab Foundation Repair Methods

In the past, foundation repair usually meant pouring concrete. But today there are a variety of ways to repair foundations. Some repair methods are better suited for specific conditions, but each has their strength. We’ll look at some of the most popular methods of slab foundation repair in the Dallas and Fort Worth area today. But first, here are some ways to know when you may have a foundation issue.

Detecting Foundation Issues

Houses and buildings will settle over time so you can expect a little unevenness without too much worry.  However, you will want to watch for these signs, which could spell more significant problems.

  • Doors that won’t shut properly, or fail to stay closed.
  • Windows that suddenly start sticking or refuse to completely close.
  • Cracks in tile work, especially those over a concrete floor.
  • Cracks that suddenly appear in walls, especially in vulnerable areas such as over doors or windows.

If you see these signs, you may be having foundation issues. Follow up on these signs by checking the outside of the building. If you see bulging or leaning walls (use a level), it might be a good idea to get a professional evaluation of your situation. Continue reading

How To Inspect A Foundation

Whether you are buying a new home or you are looking to ensure your current home is in good condition, it’s important to assure the foundation is performing as designed. There is a specific process that should always be followed by the inspection process.

When you learn more about the condition of your foundation, you can make better decisions regarding your home.

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What To Do If You Find Concrete Foundation Problems

One of the last things that you want to find wrong with your home’s structure is your foundation. It is the foundation of your structure that essentially holds everything up and makes sure that the building stays structurally sound and safe. If you do suspect concrete foundation problems with your home, it is important that you deal with them right away.

Identify the Different Symptoms of Structural Damage 

One of the first things that you will want to do is to identify the different symptoms that can come along with structural damage. This can help you to identify if the problem is in fact your concrete foundation. One sign of damage to your structure is the presence of cracks in walls. These walls often crack due to stress from the foundation. Foundation movement (or a shifting foundation), in turn can cause the walls to crack.

Some other signs to look for are cracks in your floor, cracks in your main level walls, as well as your basement walls, and uneven floors. These often occur from seasonal foundation movement or when your foundation begins to settle or shift. Also, if you notice that your windows and doors are beginning to stick, this may be a sign of a sinking foundation or settling foundation. This may be caused by changes in soil moisture. In some cases differences in the types of soil under a home contribute to greater foundation movement. Continue reading

Google Reviews

Larissa Perez
20:24 13 Jun 18
I can't say enough good things about Advanced Foundation Repair. Their professionalism, care, attentiveness, and quality of work are superb. I had a full foundation lift so they were a part of our daily life for a few weeks. Brad Bertelsen is always easy to talk to and answered all my questions no matter what they were; everything from scheduling to how the equipment works. How pilings work don't affect the job that gets done and it took time from his schedule but he took the time to answer my questions. Betrice called to inform me of an update but I was not able to answer my phone at the time. She then sent a text to inform me of the update. I was able to respond to her text so we were able to proceed with the planning. I appreciated that extra effort. The excavation crew and the lifting crew were great. They are very hard workers and very courteous. Advanced Foundation made the process of LIFTING A HOUSE seem completely effortless. We were also able to stay in our house the entire time they worked on the foundation; including when they actually lifted our home. God forbid I ever need them in another home but if I do, they will be the only foundation company I use. Thank you Brad and Advanced Foundation for helping me protect my more
Henry Nance
14:01 24 Apr 18
4/20/2018 I was very pleased with my experience. During the initial visit, Jim Moravec explained the problem and the solution. We discussed cost and I decided that my "cost/solution "ratio would be best served with Advanced Foundation Repair and a crew was out in a matter of days. The work went quickly and neatly. Alfonso and his crew seemed to know what they were doing and their cleanup exceeded my expectations. I have since referred a local property manager to Advanced and as far as I know she is satisfied with their work more
Carl Nemec
16:23 21 Feb 18
The last few months I've noticed cracks in the corners and some interior doors aren't latching. We had foundation repair done in 2013 around the outside of the house. I was thinking we'd need a pier or two on the inside, because I thought the middle might be sagging. The company who did the work in 2013 had gone out of business, because the owner suffered some catastrophic illness (and is now working for a competitor). Advanced Foundation was the company my engineer co-worker used after extensive interviewing of local foundation companies. Eric Vineyard, the estimator, was prompt and courteous when he arrived 5 minutes before our 9am appt. He took measurements all around the inside and outside of the house and took elevation readings afterward. Good news for me: he found that the elevation difference was within tolerance and no work was needed. The company called two days before to remind me of the appointment and were courteous about it. Overall, it was a positive experience to have a gentleman in my house and to have a good company behind him. Thanks Eric and Advanced Foundation more
Jim Bronson
22:33 17 Jan 18
I purchased my home on 10-18-16. Unfortunately, very shortly after my we moved in my wife went into hospice and died. I did not transfer my foundation warranty. I reached out to Advanced Foundation Repair and asked if they would allow me to transfer the warranty even though I was over a year past the deadline. Without argument they transferred the warranty. This is a compassionate family run company. I give them the highest possible recommendation. In addition to this, the repairs they made to my foundation have performed great, and the house has stayed perfectly more
Margaret Adams
14:12 08 Jan 18
I am very impressed with the service I received. First, Eric explained in detail what would be done and how. Then the amount of needed lift was measured. In 3 of 19 holes that were dug it was necessary to go through concrete. The workers dug as deeply as 22 feet in order to reach bedrock. Concrete was replaced, as were shrubs. My yard was cleaned up nicely upon completion. I would recommend this company to anyone needing any work more
Diana Stimax
00:23 08 Dec 17
We had problems with our foundation for a few years, with several cracks inside the house, on walls, garage floor, etc. They came to do an inspection and we were very happy with their professionalism and price for the value. We immediately set that up. They did exactly what they said they were going to do and more at no extra charge. They lifted the garage and put some piers, etc underneath, the final result was incredible. The cracks inside the house closed almost completely. They also have an excellent and transferable more
sharon higginbotham
16:24 10 Nov 17
Took three different bids and Advanced Foundation Repair was my final choice. i have a 75 year old house that needed foundation repair and realignment. Ben showed up on time for our appointment and he explained the procedure as many times as I needed to understand, it was actually very simple. He was also available for me to call anytime, which I did on a couple of occasions. Techs were punctual, there was a supervisor on site almost every hour, they did a great job, respectful of the neighbors yards, cleaned up the yard after the work. I love my house more
Christopher Lorenzo
19:36 06 Sep 17
I have had multiple good experiences with Advance Foundation Repair. They stand by their work and kept me informed at all times on the repairs. Post work service was good too. I am very satisfied with their workread more
Ruth Schuman
19:56 05 Sep 17
Workers were very professional and hard working. They dug up around the house and put plants back to look nice. This company also has a trust to forever be able to redo warranted more
Gwen Baumann
02:30 11 Aug 17
I can't too highly recommend this company. I had work done of my foundation by another company several years ago. That work did not resolve the problem, and that company did not fix. Advanced was recommended to me by mother, who said they were the best in the business. I agree! They were polite, professional, charged reasonable prices, and did excellent work. They also have a strong guarantee that is backed by a trust. I can't imagine why you'd use any other more
Linda Krizka
19:44 10 Jul 17
Advanced Foundation repair is the only way to go! The engineer, Eric was kind, helpful and informative! The crew under Haynard's watch was unbelievably considerate. The crew was in and out of our house for 5 days. Everyone of them were happy even in the 90 degree weather. They work hard and were very polite. If you saw my house now you would never even know they were here. They cleaned up every night and on the last day it looked like new! Very thankful to have been able to work with more
Michael Francis
00:48 29 Apr 17
Advanced recently performed our foundation repair and did a fantastic job! The job took four days and throughout the process, the workers were on time each day, were kind and courteous. They left our house clean each day and took great care in making my wife and newborn comfortable during the repair. They came back out to make adjustments, as was expected, and I am more than pleased with the results. Thanks to Juan Martinez, Miguel Mata and Ernesto Alvarato for doing everything I requested. I highly recommend Advanced Foundation Repair, they know what they are more
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