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By Richard Rash | Foundation Repair Consultant

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 Welcome to “www.repairfoundations.com”

I am Richard Rash and I am a Foundation Repair Consultant. My job is to help you solve your foundation problems no matter what they may be. I tell it like it is, and I have been known to piss off some foundation repair contractors, local engineers and insurance companies, and when I do, they deserve it.

 This video will serve as an introduction to my work. It was made by a well respected Houston Professional Structural Engineer for his clients in Houston. Although we had never met, he was aware of my work and gives a better independent overview than I can. Please take a couple of minutes and watch.

Without seeing your property it is impossible to fully diagnose your problems and to offer correct solutions. I am happy however to speak with you over the phone and help determine if you are likely to have foundation problems that should be addressed.
When it seems  that the problems have reached a point where they need to be addressed I do advise that before signing any contracts, that you have your situation evaluated by me or another independent consultant who is not affiliated with any companies in the foundation repair industry.
I am sure you have heard the horror stories of shoddy, over priced foundation repair jobs and foundation repair failures. I can help you avoid that type of experience.
It seems there are more dis-satisfied foundation repair customers than there are happy ones, and that does not have to be the case when you have the right information.
If you are having that type of experience I can help you minimize your losses and get back on the right track.
 I can be you advocate, your check and balance. I can help you avoid stress as well as save time and money.
 I am: A Foundation Repair Consultant.
I am Not: Affiliated with any foundation repair company.
What I do: ( I have been in the foundation repair business for almost thirty-five years. The last eleven years as a foundation repair consultant in which I do the following.)
  • I examine your home.
  • Using pictures I explain:
    • how your home is built.
    • How the soil affects it.
    • How the moisture affects the soil.
    • How the soil causes the house to move.
  • I show you why and how the home is moving.
  • I tell you what can be done.
    • If you need piers:
      • I will explain the different types of piers.
      • I will explain how many you need.
      • I will explain where you need them.
      • I will explain the most you should pay for them.
    • If you need other work such as drainage, plumbing, root barriers or soaker hose I will explain it all.
  • I will answer all of your questions including about:
    • Bids.
    • Warrantees.
    • Scams.
    • Home owners insurance.
    • Home buyers warrantees.
    • Slabs.
    • Pier and Beams.
    • Piers.
    • Drains.
  • I will send you an overview of our conversation (report).
  • I will encourage you to email me any bids you wish to discuss.
  • I will encourage you to continue to call me with any questions.

For additional information: Contact me: Richard Rash, 817-309-8186, email: .               See what my customers say at: Testimonials.    Here are :   My Fees.       If you still are not sure, please carefully read over my website: www.repairfoundations.com. Then contact me with any questions. Thank you.

 Why Foundation Repairs Fail

Most people think that foundation movement is caused by settlement. In some parts of the country that is true.

In areas of expansive soils, such as most of Texas and surrounding states, not so much! The people selling piers want everything to be the result of settlement because that is what piers are designed for. By definition settlement is generally looked at as a loss of support, and piers are designed to provide support, and in the case of foundations, provide support after lifting.  The truth is that there is really not much settling, percentage wise, going on in our area or other areas of expansive soils and I will tell you why. By definition expansive soils shrink and swell.

The pier salesmen want us to believe that every year we are in a new drought which is causing our soils to shrink out from under our foundations, (which were poured when the soil was expanded?)  allowing them to fail to a point that they need to be artificially lifted, by piers, up off of the shrinking soils that have failed them.

You know, I even bought into that line of thinking 30 plus years ago when I got into the foundation business.  That’s what everybody said so it must be true, or so I thought.

After working in the business for a while it became obvious to me that something didn’t add up. For one thing, there were about as many foundation job failures as there were successes. That didn’t seem right and the more I thought about it the more I realized that the drought that happened just about every summer was also going on during many of the falls and springs as well as the occasional winter. In fact it seemed to me that when we did have rain it was seldom if ever enough to stop the drought. In fact we have been in some sort of a drought most years since the 1930’s. It also dawned on me that most foundations were poured during these droughts, to the point the ground was already contracted  so that it couldn’t shrink much more, so why were, and how were these houses and commercial buildings settling? It struck me: they were not settling! You know what I figured out? I figured out that a whole bunch of this foundation failure business was not settlement but upheaval.

Upheaval due to rains

Houses were being built on dry contracted soil. Then the rains came after the houses were built. The contracted soils expanded around areas of homes where water was standing. Parts of the homes were lifted and parts were not, giving the illusion that settlement had occurred. What is considered the “settled” areas of the house remains near the “as built” elevation  where they were built while the damage was actually the result of the other parts of the house lifting. The results were that of a structure that appeared to have settled, but in reality had not.  So bottom line is that many homes thought to have areas settling, are actually having other areas of the house raising or heaving, leading to piering of parts of the house to bring it up to the already artificially high section of the home. When this is done, and it is done often in areas of expansive soils such as ours, the repairs seldom succeed. Either the soils continue to swell and lift the building off of the piers causing more damage, or the drainage or the plumbing is fixed and the heaved part of the structure settles back to near it’s “as built” position. This happens while the piers continue to support the lifted areas above original grade and this also leads to additional damage. *** To sum it up: most foundation movement is not settlement and most homes in our area do not need piers. That’s why there are so many failed foundation repair jobs. And sadly to say I don’t know of a foundation repair company whose LIFETIME WARANTEE covers upheaval.

Note: As I have stated most foundation movement and damage in north Texas is the result of drainage/upheaval and not settlement. that almost surely mean that piers are not the answer. There are however adjustments that need to be done. They are seldom if ever as expensive or disruptive as piers but they must be attended to before the movement will stop or the damage should be repaired. I can help you determine what is needed and show you how to accomplish the repairs as inexpensively as possible. Remember I am not involved in the work and my job is to help you get it done correctly and fairly.

If you would like additional information about this or need clarification contact me, I will be glad to discuss it. See what my customers say at: Testimonials.    Here are :   My Fees.       For additional information: Contact me! Richard Rash 817-308-8186  with any questions. Thank you.

WHO I AM

I am Richard Rash and I am here to help you keep from getting taken advantage of by the foundation repair companies. I have spent the last thirty five plus years working with foundation damaged homes constructed on expansive soils. I am based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area but go where I am needed and the economics warrant, such as San Antonio, Austin, Shreveport, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and cities and towns in-between.

I have been involved with thousands of foundation repairs in all size homes, apartments, hospitals, nursing homes, warehouses and small commercial buildings. I have worked as foundation inspector, contractor, consultant and expert witness.

Since 2005 I have been consulting with individuals who are experiencing foundation distress. I am their check and balance, their advocate. I know foundations and I know the soils. I know what causes foundation failures and what prevents foundation failure. I know the products used to repair foundations and I know the contractors reputations. I know what works where, and how much it should cost. I save my customers from failed foundation repairs, un-needed piers and I save them money. See what my customers say at: Testimonials.    Here are :   My Fees.      For additional information: Contact me! Richard Rash 817-308-8186

Understanding Foundation issues!

So you think you have foundation issues?    I can show you the difference between cosmetic and structural foundation movement! Do you have conflicting bids? I can explain them to you and offer independent direction!

  • Do you want to avoid paying too much? I can keep you from being overcharged!
  • Do you want to avoid failed repairs? I can help you make sure the work that you choose to have performed is the work that is needed!
  • Do you want to prevent or reverse foundation movement? I can show you the maintenance needed to prevent and often reverse foundation movement!
  • Are you looking to buy a home? I can inspect the home and alert you to undisclosed defects, covered up issues and potential problems.  Best of all I can assure you (1) if the foundation is sound and advise you on how to keep it that way, or (2) any repairs that would be needed if there has been foundation movement or (3) if previous foundation repairs are working!
  • Are you looking to sell your home? I can show you what must be done to prevent any last minute foundation issues from blocking the sale.After discussing your issues over the phone if I don’t feel I can help you I won’t set an appointment. If we do set an appointment and I can’t help you understand the situation, you will not be charged. What do you have to lose?If we do set an appointment, the fee you pay will entitle you to call me anytime with any questions relating to your foundation. I will have my notes to refer to and can answer most questions over the phone.For additional information:
  • See what my customers say at: Testimonials.    Here are :   My Fees.      
  • I will provide a written overview of our discussion including a summation and recap of recommendations.
  • If you are concerned with foundation issues I can answer your questions.

Contact me: Richard Rash at 817-308-8186

  

See what my customers say at: Testimonials.    Here are :   My Fees.       For additional information: Contact me: Richard Rash, 817-308-8186

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