Commonly Asked Foundation Repair Questions

Perma-Pier has experience repairing foundations that spans three generations, and have repaired thousands of foundations under a wide variety of circumstances. To help you understand your foundation problems and make the right repair choices, we have listed a set of commonly asked foundation repair questions.

What causes foundation failure?

Foundation issues are rarely the result of a structural defect of the foundation itself. Instead, the problem lies with unstable soil beneath the foundation. In Texas, this instability is expansion and contraction of clay based soil. Clay based soil expands when it soaks up moisture and contracts when it dries out during drought conditions. This soil movement beneath and around your foundation places it under a lot of strain which causes damage. When this happens, damage to your house soon follows.

What is the connection between trees and foundation problems?

Like all organisms, trees need water to live. Large trees can require more than a hundred gallons of water a day. Their root systems seek soil with higher moisture levels. Because the ground beneath your foundation takes longer to dry out, it has more moisture than the surrounding soil. This attracts tree root growth toward and under your foundation. The roots then draw out moisture, causing the soil to contract and places the foundation under strain. Barriers can be placed in the ground that block tree root growth and protect your home.

What are the signs of foundation failure?

Some signs are good indicators of a foundation problem. These include a chimney that has pulled away from your house, large cracks that often follow the mortar in your brick work, bowed walls, and severe floor distortion. Other signs such as slab leaks and sticking doors and windows have a number of causes including foundation failure. The only way to know for sure is to consult with a foundation specialist.

How do you repair foundations?

Depending on the foundation type and your particular set of circumstances, we will use one of several techniques. These include:

  • Concrete piers
  • Steel piers
  • Drilled piers
  • Mudjacking
  • Pier and beam supports

Concrete, steel, and drilled piers are vertical foundation supports that extend into the ground. They stabilize your foundation against soil movement and are used with mechanical jacks to lift your house back to a level position.

Mudjacking uses a mixture of Portland Cement and sandy loam to fill in the voids left after a house is lifted back into position. It’s also used to level the interior floors. Pier and beam supports are used for repairing and supporting pier and beam foundations. Two commonly used supports are sonotubes and pad and block systems.

Will foundation repair make my home difficult to sell?

It has no negative effect on the value of your home. Repair work strengthens the foundation against further damage by unstable soil. This means your foundation is less likely to suffer future damage than a home on similar soil that’s never had foundation repair.

However, the repair work must be done by a quality foundation specialist who provides a lifetime guaranty that’s transferable to new owners. The reputation and stability of the company goes a long way toward making foundation repair a non-issue when selling your house. Many home buyers are aware of the expansive clay soil issue that’s common in Texas. They will appreciate that you’ve addressed this problem and that future repair work is unlikely.

Do you guarantee your work?

We provide a lifetime transferable warranty with most of our foundation repair services.

Are your foundation inspections free?

Yes, our evaluations are free of charge and there is no obligation.

If you have further questions about foundation repair and our services, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Payment Options

Perma-Pier’s customized approach to repairing your foundation extends to financing as well. We understand that your financial situation – not unlike your foundation – should have a customized solution.

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