Foundation Repair

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Tree Root Barriers to Prevent Foundation Repair

Fun Facts: Tree roots extend out from the trunk of a tree 1.5 to 2.5 times the height of the tree. The roots on a 50-foot oak tree will extend out 75 to 100 feet!

Trees can badly damage foundations. Trees rarely lift foundations. Trees almost always cause foundations to sink. When expansive clay soils dry out, they shrink. When the soil under your foundation shrinks, the foundation sinks.

Trees use lots of water. A large tree can use 100’s of gallons of water every day. The larger a tree, the more water it uses. As trees suck water out of the soil, they dry the soil. As the soils dry, they shrink.

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Freezes and Your Pier and Beam Foundation

If you live in Texas and have a concrete floor slab on grade foundation, you do not need to worry about freezes affecting your foundation. If you have a pier and beam foundation, you can have problems.

In most of Texas (that is everywhere but the Panhandle), the ground rarely freezes. When it does stay cold enough to freeze the ground, only the top few inches are affected. Because a concrete floor slab foundation is usually dug one to three feet into the ground, the cold cannot get under the slab. The ground’s natural warmth and heat from the interior of a home protect a slab and the plumbing in the ground under a slab.

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Proper Foundation Drainage

Fun Facts: In the US expansive soils cause over $2.3 billion dollars of damage every year

When water stands on the ground next to your foundation it can saturate the soils.  This causes the soils to expand.  Expanding soils can lift your home, possible many inches.  Foundation Drainage is the key to keeping the soils around your home from getting saturated.  Usually, if the water within 10 feet of your home drains away within an hour of rain stopping, your drainage is good. 99% of the time when a foundation moves it is because the soil under the foundation moved.  90% of the time the soil moves because the water content of the soil changes.  Consequently, most foundation movement can be controlled by controlling the water in the ground. Proper foundation drainage is the best prevention from requiring foundation repair.

The easiest way to drain the soils around your home is to grade (shape) the surface so the ground slopes away from your home, dropping at least 2 inches in every 10 feet.  (Engineers often recommend slopes of 1 to 2 inches per foot for 5 feet.  Unfortunately, many lots are so flat that such slopes are not possible.)

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Christopher Lorenzo
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
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 work.read more
Gwen Baumann
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 company.read more
Linda Krizka
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 them.read more
Michael Francis
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 doing.read more
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