We are always on the job helping customers in the field. Whether it be Foundation Repairs, 1 Day Floor Coatings, New Construction or Remodels – we provide Free Inspections & Quotes. The goal is to identify the problems and provide insightful solutions to get the problem fixed fast!
Free Home Inspections
Foundation Repair is an art form. It involves careful evaluations of both the inside and outside of your home. We go from room to room, documenting and taking pictures and looking for signs of movement. Some of the signs of foundation movement that we look for include:
Cracks in the walls
Lifting or shifting of your floor boards
Windows and doors that won’t shut
All of the signs are symptoms of a greater problem that many home owners face – shifting foundations.
After looking thoroughly around the exterior of the home, we identified this lifted slab on the corner. We complete a thorough evaluation of your home to create a game plan to lift and bring your home back to level!
As indicated in the chart, the Wichita Falls region is home to Rolling Red Prairies which consists primarily of expansive Red Clay. This type of soil has a large affinity for water. They also undergo a vast amount of expansive and contraction during wet and dry seasons. This causes foundations to lift and lower constantly – nothing stays in place.
This generates a lot of stress on the slab, framework and walls of your home. Oftentimes these cracks start out small and go unnoticed. After a time, a home owner will notice these signs and worry about the cost of repairs. The danger – if these symptoms go untreated it can cause greater changes to take place in the home. Foundations can crack, voids can appear, roofs can leak or worse. The best treatment for these types of issues is an immediate consultation with Advocate Foundation Repair. We can immediately send out a team member to review and assess the extent of the foundation shifts.
As stated above, we provide you with an in depth analysis of your home. We document with photos of each room and images of both the inside and outside of the home. Once we determine the source of the shifting, we go beneath the slab of your home and install Concrete Risers, Shims and Hydraulic Lifts. We utilize these tools to bring your home back to level and back up our work with our Advocate Guarantee!
Documentation on Every Evaluation
Above are several images from a home that experienced foundation issues. As you can see the door frame into the bathroom had several large cracks and was no longer level. Door Frames and Windows are often targets of cracking and can prevent your home from sealing the air properly. This can also lead to expensive electricity bills due to escaping Air Conditioning (in the summer) or Heat (during the winter).
Fixing and leveling your home benefits more than just preventing further cracks. It helps to keep out the water, heat, chill and takes the stress out of the situation.
Steps to Repair Your Foundation
As previously stated, we inspect all areas of your home. First we start with a set of visual inspections of both the inside and outside of your home. Documentation is key here and we visit each room of the home and inspect walls, corners, flooring and check for any signs of shifting.
Second, we utilize a measuring tool called a Compulevel or Zip-level. This tool helps us to capture elevation changes across the length of your home. We can identify where the home is off and develop a plan for going beneath your home to being our repair.
Thirdly, once we’ve completed a thorough inspection of your home, we begin excavating sections of soil outside of your home. To go beneath the slab, we remove 2′ x 4′ sections of soil (enough for a crew member to squeeze through). Once we gain access, we go beneath your home to collect images and identify which points we will lift by using our hydraulic lifts.
Lastly, once we’ve set our hydraulic lifts at all of our stress points, we slowly lift your home. By standing outside of your home and using our Compulevel device – we carefully lift the home and bring it to level. Once the home is level, we replace the Hydraulic lifts with Concrete Pilings and Shims to create a tight brace below your home. These braces will become the new support for your home and will help alleviate the shifting that you’ve experienced due to our Red Clay Soils.
Once we are beneath the slab of your home, we utilize our Hydraulic Lifts to bring your home back to level. Once that step is complete, we situate our Concrete Pilings beneath the structural points of your home to create a permanent brace. On one-story homes these braces are placed approximately every 8′. For a 2-story home, we place these piers approximately every 6′.
The Final Result: A Level Home!
At long last, you’ll have come from a shifting home to a settled home. You’ll be amazed at the difference in your home once this work is performed! As previously stated, we emphasize the importance of contacting us as soon as possible to address these foundation concerns. Allowing your home to undergo further shifting and settling will only cause additional problems and will increase the costs of repairs to your home.
Drywall, plumbing, electrical lines, windows, doors, roofs & slabs. These are all areas of the home that are negatively affected by shifting foundations. If caught soon enough, these may be less expensive repairs. However, if allowed to go untreated, these repairs may require complete replacements – thus vastly increasing the cost of the job.
If you have any concerns over your home and would like for an Advocateto provide a free in-home analysis – give us a call! We are here to provide you with an accurate, trust worthy evaluation of your home. Our company is based on strong Christian values and we believe that fixing the foundations of our homes is relative to fixing the foundations of our lives. It’s difficult to get started but once the work has begun the difference is life changing!
Every foundation repair that we perform begins with step number one: locating the void. Second we identify the extensiveness of the void. Third we take steps to fill the void and install hardware and special tools beneath your home. Our objective is simple – eliminate the impact a void can cause on your home by giving your home a new foundation to stand upon.
Locating The Void
As in all foundation issues, our very first objective is identifying the location & cause for the void beneath your home. Foundation Repairs are very simple in nature. They are caused by shifting land masses beneath your home’s foundation. Oftentimes, this can be due to:
Underground Water Channels that clear out sections of earth as water finds a way to escape
Heaving & Shrinking of soils due to heavy rain and periods of drought
Rapid Temperature Changes that cause the soil to shrink and expand
In order for us to better understand how these voids are created, we’ve included some information below on the basics of Soil Composition for North Central Texas. These soil conditions are unique to our area and create some tough situations for our customers.
North Central Prairie
Our soils in North & Central Texas are very expansive. They consist of a heavy clay density which absorbs high amounts of water and lets off that water during periods of droughts. This causes highly exaggerated soil behavior when compared to other areas of our state.
Our land zone of North Central Texas rests upon the North Central Prairie. This is an area of land that expands nearly 7 Million Acres and extends as far as the following counties:
West – Wichita Falls (includes Rolling Red Prairies)
East – Parker County
South – Comanche County
North – Southern Regions of Oklahoma
Conveniently (pun intended) the Wichita Falls region lies upon a unique plot of soil known as the Rolling Red Prairies. There are over 1 million acres of land that lie in the Rolling Red Prairie region. These soils consist of “mostly deep, well-drained, brown or reddish-brown, slightly acid loams over neutral to alkaline, clayey subsoils.” (*source The Texas Almanac). We invite you to click the below link for a visual portrayal of all of Texas soil environments.
Understanding our soil composition for the North Central Texas region is very important. It’s critical that our customers who are experiencing shifting & settling in their homes understand how these soils behave. The reason being: soil conditions do not repair themselves naturally. Our teams are trained to understand the soil conditions for your region and select the proper tools to handle the job properly.
If you’re experiencing shifting, cracking walls, lifting concrete decks or other signs of foundation issues – we invite you to contact us for a free evaluation. Our teams can be at your home within a couple of days to identify the cause for foundation issues and provide you with an estimate for our services.
Trust us, from the clients that we’ve helped – we’ve learned that fixing the issue is much easier than letting the issue fester and grow. Oftentimes, the cost for repairing your foundation in the early stages of shifting is much cheaper than letting the issue grow. We may be able to use less intensive measures if the issue is caught early on rather than later.
Selecting The Right Tool
Once we have gotten boots on the ground and identified the cause for the foundation issues, we will inform you of our repair process and the timetable for the repairs. Often times, our crews can be on the job site and complete the repair in as little as a day.
We use various techniques to repair your home’s foundation. These techniques vary in degree of technicality but all work to stabilize the slab of your home and bring it to level. Our processes focus on the following steps:
Identify the cause for the foundation issue
Create a free evaluation for the cost of the repairs
Bring your home to level – we gently shift the foundation & reinforce our supports to create a new permanent structure to support the slab for your home
We guarantee our work with a limited warranty – please contact our office for details
Polyurethane Foam Injection
One of our favorite methods of lifting your home’s foundation is the application of Polyurethane Foam Injection. We source this product from NCFI Polyurethanes. This product is very advanced in it’s benefits and includes all of the following environment conscious benefits:
Ease of Application – ease of mind and very consistent performance for our customers
Scorch Free Processing
No settling or shifting after application
Highly versatile in various applications
To understand this application easier, we’ve included a video of our crews using this product in the field. We trained our teams extensively on the application of this product. Although it’s relatively simple to install – it is critical that our crews are properly trained for an accurate install.
An Advocate You Can Trust
Lifting homes is no joke and we take that responsibility very seriously. You will always find our crews inspecting the entire slab of your home before applying the Polyurethane Foam Injection. It’s critical that we always first identify the extensiveness of the foundation issue. Oftentimes our shifting and settling is due to the existence of voids beneath our homes.
Our goal is locate the various locations of those voids and apply our products properly to ensure your home does not shift or settle again. It’s impossible to prevent 100% of shifting and settling but we use the very best in tools and product application to ensure that our work does it’s best to keep you and your home safe.
This image shows our use of concrete pillars, blocks & steel shims. We combine these high density materials to create pillars custom sized to fit your foundation height. We can adjust these materials until we reach a level elevation on all four corners of your home.
Using The Correct Tools
We often get questions from our home owners asking us, “how are you going to fix my foundation?” The answer is often short but complex. We Fix your foundation by the process of time, hard work and determination.
At Advocate Construction, we firmly believe in the importance of being an advocate for all of our customers. This means that when we show up, we show up to work. We work diligently until the problem is solved. Often times, the theory of Good Old Hard Work is good enough for us.
Once we arrive on site, we take the time necessary to carefully assess your foundation and check where a repair or adjustment needs to be made. After we’ve completed the assessment, we perform the foundation repair. All of our teams and field members are carefully hired, trained and certified to complete foundation repairs. We are determined to provide you with quality crews – so we do the hard work of hiring and training ahead of time.
By the time our goes show up at your door, they are ready to work and you’ll be amazed at our accuracy and professionalism!
This is a closer view of our concrete pillars, blocks and shims. As you can see, these materials are very rugged and tough. They are meant to be put through tough environments and designed to last. From high pressure beneath the foundation to moist environments, they will stand tough to the test!
Carefully Assessing Your Foundation
Before any work can be completed on the home, we carefully inspect your entire foundation for all signs of cracks and shifting. Homes are large bodies of concrete and brick that weigh heavily on the soil. One of the largest issues that we see in Texas is our clay soils that absorb large amounts of water during heavy rain seasons. These same clay soils also shrink heavily during periods of high drought.
Our soil is very volatile and it’s what makes our grass so green in Spring and dry in Winter. That’s Texas at it’s best, so we learn to beat Texas at it’s game. Nathan Moore, our owner is extremely knowledgeable in the field of home settling, shifting, and clay soil expansion & contraction. We encourage our customers to call in anytime they have questions or would like some more information. You can even call us before your detect any signs of damage! There is nothing better in foundations than to be proactive rather than reactive!
Once we get a call from a new customer, we offer to provide you with a free foundation inspection. We will walk the perimeter of your home and capture elevations to determine where the shifting is originating from. After we’ve collected enough information, we put together a game plan to approach your foundation issues using our tried and testing systems. For more information, see below!
Using the process of our lifting mechanisms, we are able to fix issues in and around the home. This image shows our repair on a drafty and crooked door. We realigned this home, repaired and door and saved the home owner on costly insulation repairs. Needless to say, when you fix your foundation it aligns other things in your life the right way!
Shimming & Concrete Caps
Now that we have covered the basics of our hard work philosophy, how exactly do we get the job done? When it comes to foundation repairs it’s simple and efficient: Shimming & Concrete Caps.
By definition, Shims are sections of Stainless Steel; often with a width of 1/4 inch. After we have carefully examined your foundation we develop a plan to raise certain portions of your home.
We partner with 2000 Industries Group as our sourcing partner for our foundation tools. They supply us with:
Concrete Cylinders, Top Caps & Blocks
Steel Top Brackets, Lock Pipe, Steel Piers, Shims, Drive Blocks, etc.
Power Hydraulic Machines & Rams
Concrete Cylinders & Blocks are pieces of concrete formed to create high density slabs. We use these slabs to support our foundations after raising the foundation with the help of our handy Power Hydraulic Machines & Rams.
All of these tools combine into slowly lifting mechanisms that work in unison to repair our customers foundations. The process is slow, tedious and very technical.
Sometimes to get down beneath the foundation, it puts us in tight spaces. This image shows our crew drilling down beneath the foundation to install our hydraulic lifts and begin the process of lifting the home. We are gentle during this process and careful to watch for any unusual displacement.
Applying The Tools
As you can tell, the process of foundation repairs is simple in theory, yet very risky and time consuming. That’s why we’ve been developing our craft in this industry since our humble beginnings in 2009. Since our company’s birth, we have repaired hundreds of foundations!
While repairing foundations, we keep our mission of Advocating for our customers close to our hearts. We recognize that while we are going to work everyday, we are lifting and repairing the homes of our customers. These homes are places of refuge, security and safety. They are meant to be places where life makes sense – not where things go wrong.
That’s why we passionately take care of our customers day by day. It’s our passion and our mission to repair foundations the same why that Christ repairs us. Sometimes our lives get messed up and things get out of level. We know that our foundations are cracking and we need to call in an expert who can fix our foundation. We recognize that while we are fixing foundations here on Earth, Christ Jesus is fixing our foundations of our souls. Pretty cool stuff!
You can trust Advocate Construction with any of your home repair needs. From foundation repairs, to fire & water restoration, to new home construction. We are here for all of your residential home needs!
Foundation Repairs That Last!
What would our hard work mean if we didn’t back it up? At Advocate Construction, we support our customers with warranties on our craftsmanship. In the example of this home, we provided our customer with a 3-year warranty on our installation.
If our customer has any issues with our repairs, we will assess and adjust the foundation supports to ensure that their repair lasts. It’s something that makes us unique as a contractor and something that we are proud to stand behind.
If you have a foundation that is experiencing any of the following issues, we invite you to give us a call for a free home inspection:
Creaking doors or windows
Doors and windows don’t shut
Hairline cracks in walls and floors
Draft doors, windows and attics
Large cracks in floors or sides of house
As always, we are an Advocate for you. We live our company mission via Christian morals and we promise to take care of you and provide you with quality hard work and dedication. It’s a refreshing outlook on home repairs and it’s how we are changing the industry for the better!