Foundation Repair

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We guarantee all of our foundation repairs with a lifetime satisfaction guarantee. Using the best crews, equipment and materials – our foundations stay put when we tell them to.

 

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Building Our Foundation Since 2009

People always ask us why it is that we ever got into foundation repair. It’s certainly not an industry that is widely known and very little people have the technical know-how to make the repairs correctly. 

We got into it because we care about our customers – pure and simple. Understanding how foundations are comprised is imperative to any construction company. We build / fix it right (the first time) from the ground up!

The Industry Leader

We have developed state of the art techniques to get under your foundation, inspect the damage, lift and set it properly. Our crew is highly trained to inspect every foundation issue thoroughly. Once we have identified the root of the issue, we go in and prevent it from happening ever again.

 

How Do I Know I Have Foundation Issues?

If you suspect your home has foundation issues, look for the following signs. This could be indications that your home is settling or shifting due to unstable soil conditions.

  • Hairline Fractures in the walls (internal or external)
  • Large Cracks in the walls
  • Cracking or Lifting/Sinking of driveway or other concrete slabs
  • Doors not closing properly
  • Leaking in the roof
  • Home feeling drafty or doesn’t retain heat or AC
How Expensive Is Foundation Repair?

We can’t diagnose your issue over the phone or based upon some pictures. At Advocate Construction, we offer free estimates on all of our repairs. 

We recommend that you allow for us to visit your home, inspect the problem thoroughly so that you can receive an accurate estimate for the repair. 

Financial Assistance – we have access to numerous financial assistance institutions that operate as 3rd party lenders. If you feel that you need financial assistance to handle a costly repair, no problem. We have all of the resources in place to help you get the answers you need!

How Quickly Can The Repairs Be Made

Our crews work around the clock to respond to foundation issues cross the greater North Central Texas region. If you suspect you have an issue and would like for us to investigate, we suggest you go ahead and give us a call. 

We can get one of our estimators to visit the property and get the ball rolling for our scheduler. 

Once we have thoroughly investigated the home, we can schedule our crews for the repair. Often times we can fit you in within a one to two week window.

But trust us, once we are finished the relief of a solid home will provide you with years of peace of mind. It’s why we do what we do!

North Texas Leader 9 Years In a Row 

Since our company’s inception in 2009, we have always enjoyed the field of foundation repair. It is probably one of our most rewarding tasks. When we visit a home in need of serious attention and then we turn it over to a relieved family, there is nothing that can take away that sense of pride and achievement. We feel more connected to that family and they feel at peace knowing that they have an Advocate they can turn to!

Signature Process

Like we said, we have reinvented what it means to service a customer the correct way. We invest an incredible amount of times and resources into new ways to refining our foundation repair techniques. Watch this short video to see how we lift a home and set thing straight! 

The Right Choice

We are redefining what it means to fix a foundation the right way. Not only do we repair the foundation but we set your trust in our company to back it up all the way.

We believe in not just doing a job but doing a job right – and sticking to that promise!

We also feel that foundation repair is a serious decision, so we included some Q&A Information below that you can refer to for additional information. As always, if you get confused or have questions, no problem! We would love to speak with you and provide you with free resources and information to educate you on our process!

Do you want to know if you have sinking concrete / cement slab foundation problems? Does it seem that your foundation may be buckled. How can you tell? Common sense is your best guide. Look for the signs for foundation problems. If your home does not feel right, or if you are seeing damage, you may need foundation repairs. If you home feels fine and you have no visible damage, then it is very likely that your home is fine.

So, what signs should you look for? Here is a simple check list that you can use to make a preliminary assessment.

  • Floors or counters are sloping. If you put a ball on the floor and it rolls off, you have slopes. Drops of an inch or so across a foundation are not a problem. Once slopes begin to exceed an inch of drop in 20 feet, they become noticeable and can become a problem.
  • Doors that stick closed or open. If a door is sticking closed because the top or the bottom of the door hits the door frame or the floor, it means that your floors are sloping, you may have a foundation problem.
  • Cracks in interior or exterior walls or ceilings such as zig-zag cracks in bricks. If you have cracks in your sheetrock or brick, there is a very good chance that your foundation is moving.

These are the main signs of foundation movement. Whether your have a business or home, if you think your foundation has a problem, call us and we will come give you a free evaluation!

Here are some signs & symptoms:  Cracks on interior walls, cracks or separation on brick cladding- a gap between your window line too siding or cladding the caulk line at garage is a very obvious sign also, cracks in concrete. This is a list of signs and symptoms to tell if your house is moving.

Due to the expansive soil in this region it is hard to eliminate all movement. Here is a little science lesson, as the ground dries out the dirt molecules shrink, as the molecules shrink the soil moves, this is called contraction. The moving soil causes the ground to physically receed as a result of shrinking molecules.

As a result of this, weight bearing point on a structure can & will move, this is a term called Settling. There is also the other side of the spectrum; this is caused by excessive amounts of moisture over a prolonged period of time. This is called expansion, which can lead to heaving. Here is another science lesson for you, as the very dry soil receives water it will start to swell in order to fill its natural void cause by contraction. This is perfectly normal, until it reaches a breaking point.

Oversaturation is just as bad as not enough moisture, this can cause swells in soil know as heaving. This can also cause settling due to too much moisture. This is where I come into play. I have a proven system of pressing pilings.

This procedure goes as follows for a foundation repair:
  1. Call for a free estimate
  2. We will send out a foundation technician
  3. Evaluation- This is a 3 or 4 step process depending on the type of structure.
    • Look at exterior for damage signs & symptoms
    • Look at interior for signs and symptoms
    • We use a measuring device called a compulevel or a zip level. This measure from a point designated as center to outer wall lines to calculate how far a structure is off.
    • Placement of lift points will be decided by our foreman for the best decision for your house.
General rule of thumb on piers-
  • Every 8’ on 1 story
  • Every 6’ on 2 story

We will excavate all holes with minimum landscape disturbance. Example, if there are bushes and or shrubs, we will protect them as best as we can. All rock brick or specialty landscape will also be handled with as much care as possible. (We treat your property like it is our own).

For excavation:
    • All soil will be laid on tarps;
    • The holes will be approximately 2’ wide X 4’ deep.
    • Once the hole is dug we will begin to install piers; Once piers are installed we will set top caps and once all of the structure is complete we will lift.
    • Once your structure is properly back in alignment we will block.
    • Once blocked & inspected by an inspector we will cover up the holes, caulk all windows in affected areas, remorter damaged mortar joints. The dirt works will b e on grade to slope away from structure. All mortar will b e color matched to the best of our ability.

All foundation repairs come with a once time transferable lifetime warranty.

WHAT IS A CONCRETE PILING?

For homes and light commercial buildings, concrete pilings are concrete columns that are  pushed into the ground under a foundation.

concretepilingWHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF CONCRETE PILINGS?

Concrete pilings have several advantages:

  1. They are fast to install (concrete drilled piers take twice as long to install).
  2. Once they are installed, they can be used right away (concrete drilled piers must harden for a week before they can be used).
  3. They are cheaper than steel pilings.
  4. They have a proven record of performance.

IS THERE A WARRANTY?

Advocate Foundation Repair offers a transferrable lifetime warranty on its concrete pilings.  There are no ifs, ands, or buts; the warranty remains valid as long as it is transferred from owner to owner.

HOW LONG DO CONCRETE PILINGS LAST?

It is simple, concrete pilings will last as long as your concrete foundation.

HOW ARE THEY INSTALLED?

The installation process is simple.

  1. In each location where a piling is going to be installed, a hole is dug next to the foundation.  Each hole is about the size of a doormat.  The holes go down 2 feet below the bottom of your foundation.
  2. Next, a concrete cylinder is placed in the bottom of a hole and under the foundation.
  3. A high power hydraulic ram is then placed on top of the cylinder.  The ram sits on the cylinder and the top of the ram touches the bottom of the foundation.
  4. The ram is activated and used to push the cylinder down into the soil.  The pressure applied to the cylinder will often exceed 50,000 pound!
  5. Once a cylinder is driven all the way into the ground, another cylinder is set on top of the first cylinder.
  6. The second cylinder is the pushed into the ground, driving the first cylinder before it.
  7. The process is repeated until no more cylinders can be driven.
  8. Finally, a cap is placed on the top of the column and two concrete cylinders are placed on top of the cap.
  9. When all of the cylinders are driven, hydraulic jacks are placed on the caps and are used to lift the foundation.
  10. Once the foundation is lifted, steel and concrete spacers are placed on the cap to support the foundation, and the hydraulic jacks are removed.
  11. The final step is to cover the pilings and clean up.

WHAT IF I NEED PILINGS IN MY HOUSE?

Concrete pilings can be installed by cutting holes in your floor and then digging down beside the interior grade beams.  Of course, this is terribly messy, and can destroy expensive tile and wood floors.

An alternative is to dig tunnels under your home, and install the pilings from the tunnels.  If tunnels are used to install interior pilings, you can stay in your home while the work is being done and your floors will not have holes cut in them!

WHAT MAKES RESIDENTIAL FOUNDATION REPAIR SPECIAL?
You!  You spend more time at your home than anywhere else. Your home is where you live, as well as being an important financial asset. So you want to choose a company that has decades of experience.

WHAT ADVOCATE DOES FOR YOU!
When we come to your home we will go through the following process:

  • We will ask you to explain your concerns to us.
  • We will prepare a scale diagram of your foundation. We will use a tape measure, so that are measurements are accurate. We will not estimate distances by “stepping off” the side of your home, nor will we use any other technique for estimating distances.
  • We will take notes on your drainage.
  • We will take notes on relevant vegetation.
  • We will note relevant exterior cosmetic damage.
  • We will then come inside and draw off your floor plan.
  • We will note the locations and nature of relevant of interior cosmetic damage.
  • We will then take an elevation survey of your home using a Zip Level.
  • Using the elevation data, we will prepare a contour diagram of your foundation.
  • We will then integrate all of the information that we have collected, analyze it, and make recommendations to you. The recommendations will take into account your concerns as well as the actual physical condition of your home.
  • As a final step, we will explain all of our findings and recommendations to you.

Our goal is to provide you with as complete an analysis and explanation as possible. We want you to understand what is happening to your home and what we can do to help you.

Get answers to your foundation repair questions. What causes foundation failures? What are the signs for foundation problems? What does is cost and how to the price for repairs? How are foundation repairs done and what are the types of techniques and options? What are foundation issues and how can you prevent them for after all prevention is always the first track to take. ? Is there specifics on concrete slab foundations vs other types? When is foundation repair necessary? What are the lasting benefits of foundation repair?

WHY CHOOSE ADVOCATE FOUNDATION REPAIR?
Most foundation repair companies only have experience working on single family residential structures. At Advocate we have successfully supported a wide variety of commercial and industrial structures.

You also want to choose a company that has experience in working with commercial property owners and managers, that knows how to clearly explain the repair process, and can explain the expected results. You want a company that has a record of success, that is a recognized leader, that can provide a superior warranty, and that has the financial strength to support its warranty.

WHAT ADVOCATE DOES FOR YOU?

  • When we come to your buildings we will go through the following process:
  • We will ask you to explain your concerns to us.
  • We will ask you for copies of the structural plans for your building. If you do not have plans, we may need to do some exploratory testing and excavation to determine how your building was constructed.
  • We will prepare a scale diagram of your foundation. We will use a tape measure and lasers, so that are measurements are accurate. We will not estimate distances by “stepping off” measurements, nor will we use any other technique for estimating distances.
  • We will take notes on your drainage.
  • We will take notes on relevant vegetation.
  • We will note relevant exterior cosmetic damage.
  • If applicable, we will then come inside and draw off your floor plan.
  • We will note the locations and nature of relevant of interior cosmetic damage.
  • We will then take an elevation survey of your structure using a Zip Level.
  • Using the elevation data, we will prepare a contour diagram of your foundation.
  • We will then integrate all of the information that we have collected, analyze it, and make recommendations to you. The recommendations will take into account your concerns as well as the actual physical condition of your structure.
  • As a final step, we will explain all of our findings and recommendations to you.
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  • Our goal is to provide you with as complete an analysis and explanation as possible. We want you to understand what is happening and what we can do to help you

Are you purchasing or selling a home covered by an Advocate Construction issued warranty? Please note to keep the warranty in force, it must be transferred within 30 days of the purchase of the home. If a warranty is not properly transferred, it expires and is not transferable.

  1. Contact our office by calling (940) 781-8922 or emailing us at warranty@advocateconstruction.net.
  2. Complete the warranty transfer form and return to us within 30 days of purchasing the property.

If you have any questions please contact us by calling (940) 781-8922 or emailing us at help@advocateconstructon.net.

We’re Constantly On The Move

Along with repairings homes, we are actively providing educational materials to improve the understanding of foundation issues in North Central Texas. We believe that educating our consumer base is extremely important and beneficial for you and your home. We are a faith based company doing an honest day’s work and this is some insight into our business structure. Take a look at what we do everyday at Advocate Construction!