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Foundation Repair for Swelling Soils in Dallas

Swelling Soils in Dallas

Foundation Repair for Swelling Soils in Dallas

Fun Facts: Years ago, most foundation damage was caused by settlement.  As the result of improved construction practices used by home builders, more foundation damage is now cause by swelling soils than by settling soils.

How do you know if you have swelling soils? There are some easy signs to look for. The best indicator is the condition of the streets in your area. When there are swelling soils, streets quickly become uneven. Swelling soils will cause streets to develop a lot of humps and bumps. As streets move, they crack.

The same conditions that affect your streets will also affect your driveway. If your driveway is breaking into pieces and or the panels are becoming uneven, this is often a sign of expansive soils. If your driveway is higher than your garage, it will not be because your house is sinking. Almost always this problem is caused by a driveway being lifted up by swelling soils. We have seen driveways that were 6 inches higher than the garage! When this happens, it is time for our top-quality foundation repair for swelling soils in Dallas.

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Cracks on the Corners of Foundations

Foundation Cracks

Foundation Cracks on Corners of Homes

Fun Facts: As concrete hardens (or as the engineers say, cures) it shrinks and cracks, as a result, all concrete has cracks in it.

One of the most common forms of foundation cracks is the cracks that occur on the tops of the corners of foundations. The cracks can cause a triangular piece of concrete, sometimes called a wedge, to break loose from a foundation.

Most of the time, a cracked corner is not caused by foundation movement. The most common cause is temperature changes. In the summer, the ground is cooler than the air. Because your foundation sits on the ground (and because you air condition our home) your foundation tends to stay much cooler than the air. The difference between the air temperature and the temperature of your foundation will be greatest on hot summer days. Continue reading

Sewer Plumbing Leaks and Foundation Leak Repair in Dallas

Foundation Leak Repair

Sewer Plumbing Leaks and Foundation Leak Repair in Dallas

Fun Facts: Most homes built prior to 1975 have iron sewer lines. The expected life of an iron sewer line is only 30 years.

When owners think of plumbing leaks, the first idea that comes to mind is leaking water lines. In fact, most plumbing leaks occur in sewer lines. The damage from such leaks can be severe. Advanced Foundation Repair is the top provider of foundation leak repair in Dallas.

For homes built after 1945 and before 1975, the sewer lines were mostly built of cast iron or clay. Because the design life for iron sewer lines was about 30 years, all of the existing residential lines that were installed before 1990 need to be replaced with PVC lines.

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The French Drain System and Foundation Repair

French Drain System

Fun Fact: The French drain system is named after Henry Flagg French, who published a book on farm drainage in 1859.

Most of the time when a foundation moves it is because the soil under the foundation is moving.  Most soil movement is caused by changing water content in the soil.  As a result, most foundation movement can be controlled by controlling ground water.

A French drain is a drainage system composed of a trench, containing one or more pipes, with the pipes surrounded by gravel.  The gravel may or may not extend to the surface, and the gravel may or may not be wrapped in geotechnical cloth.  In a better drainage system, the gravel is wrapped in geotechnical cloth. 

Geotechnical cloth is a fabric made of materials, such as fiberglass, that do not decay and that allow water to pass through while preventing soil from passing through.  If the gravel in a trench is not wrapped in geotechnical cloth, soil, sand, and clay will fill the gaps between the pieces of gravel, plug up the drain, and cause the drain to stop working.  Wrapping the drain line in geotechnical cloth (sometimes call a pipe in a sock) is less effective than wrapping the trench.  If dirt plugs up the gravel, water can not get to the drain line, and the drain will plug up, so the lining on the pipe will be useless.

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About Home Warranty Foundation Repair

Foundation Warranty

About Home Warranty Foundation Repair

Fun Fact: A study of North Texas foundation repair companies found that their average life was only 4.5 years.

Remember, you get what you pay for. If a company lasts only 4.5 years, then your lifetime warranty is for the life of the company, not the life of your home!   

The original “lifetime warranty” for foundation repair was offered by Perma-Pile.  Perma-Pile advertised that their home warranty foundation was backed by cash in the bank.  When Perma-Pile declared bankruptcy, they went away and so did their cash in the bank.  Tens of thousands of warranties issued by Perma-Pile are now worthless.

If your home warranty foundation repair comes with a lifetime warranty, ask to see the warranty in writing before you sign the contract.  Watch out for special conditions and limitations. 

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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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