Foundation Repair Systems
Most foundations repairs in newer homes built in North Texas use press piers, also known as resistance piers, to support concrete slabs. Press piers are driven deep into the soil to lift and stabilize structures.
Pier and beam foundation systems are typical in older homes. These systems deteriorate over time and cause uneven or bouncy floors, warped beams and decayed wood.
A century ago, pier and beam construction was extremely popular in North Texas. We specialize in restoring homes built before 1930, replacing deteriorated piers and installing an in-ground, site-cast steel reinforced concrete footing.
Knowing which system best suits your property can feel overwhelming. As experts, we evaluate the elements and provide recommendations based on the structure type, age and area. We also inform you about each step in the process—from site preparation to site restoration—so you know what to expect.
What works best for you is our #1 priority
Some foundation repair systems cost more than others. Some require more invasive procedures, such as drilling into interior floors and through existing foundations. We provide workarounds, such as Tunneling Services, to reduce invasiveness.
After determining which system works best for you, we provide a line-item estimate that includes
- Itemized quote
- Foundation elevation survey results
- Type of foundation repair system recommended
Our estimate services are complimentary—meaning no charge to you!
FCS Foundation Repair Services offer a wide array of solutions to meet your budget and stabilize your foundation
Plumbing & Sewer Pipe Assessment
We recommend performing a sewer pipe assessment to ensure no leaks are occurring beneath your foundation. Sewer pipe assessments are best done during foundation repairs.
When foundations are lifted, plumbing and sewer pipes can unavoidably crack or break due to stress. Leaks may currently exist due to severe hot and dry summers or blocked sewer pipes.
Property owners typically recognize plumbing and sewer pipe leaks from higher water bills, low water pressure and water pooling in flowerbeds or other landscaping. But if the leak is undetected, your newly restored foundation will destabilize and hazardous conditions will arise. Repairs are typically expensive and damages can be severe.
Water Leak Assessment
We connect a standard water pressure test gauge to a water source in your home. The preferred testing point is at your washing machine connection box; however, it is just as accurate to attach the gauge to an outside faucet that does not have a vacuum breaker device on it.
Once the gauge is connected to the desired location, we open the valve and pressure up the gauge. We then document the pressure reading (PSI), turn off the main water source and monitor the gauge for loss of pressure. A drop in pressure indicates leakage in the water system.
If a leakage is detected, we conduct a “Potable Water Diagnostic and Isolation Test,” which requires testing of each fixture at every water source.
Main Line Sewer Cleanout
Main line sewer cleanouts are required to accurately perform any type of testing on your sewer system.
Currently, no device exists to detect sewer leaks and blocks, and a main line sewer cleanout is the only available method.
A main sewer line is typically buried two to three feet beneath the foundation, covered by dirt and surrounded by concrete beams. The line includes one or two attached pipes that are commonly placed near the perimeter of the home, such as in flowerbeds.
Testing is performed using an inflatable ball or by inserting a camera for visual inspection. If a block is detected, a sewer machine cable is used to unclog the sewer line.
Concrete Driveways, Walkways & Patios
Unsightly cracks in your driveway, walkways and patios not only look ugly—those cracks can reduce your property value and create liability issues.
Visitors to your home or business can trip and fall, leaving you responsible for costly medical bills. Car tires can be punctured and relationships strained.
In addition, due to moisture seeping into those cracks, small cracks can easily develop into disruptive crevices.
FCS Foundation Repair recommends complete replacement to ensure complete integrity of concrete driveways, walkways and patios. Although replacement is initially disruptive, it’s cost-effective in the long-term by helping you avoid continuous repairs and a patchwork appearance to your property.
Drainage Correction Systems
Given the nature of North Texas clay soil, proper drainage is essential to foundation health and landscaping longevity. Pooling water can lead to many issues, including foundation instability and soil erosion.
FCS Foundation Repair offers various solutions that meet your budget and resolve water issues
French Drainage System
French drains use channels that direct ground and surface water away from your property. Water moves freely through a graveled trench that contains a perforated drain pipe. Either the entire trench or drain pipe can be lined with filter fabric. If trenches are lined with filter cloth, the drainage system will last many years. If the drain pipe is not lined, soil will wash into the gravel and the system will need repair in just a few years.
Channel Drainage System
A channel drainage system is a good option for surface water that pools along foundations, patios, pools and other such areas. The system requires a superficial channel (or trench) that is capped with surface grate. Because a channel drainage system acts as both a collection pipe and water carrier, it’s affordable and generally easy to install and maintain.
Drainage Swale with French Drain System
A drainage swale is essentially a broad, shallow trench that is usually covered or lined with grass or other vegetation. It controls flooding, pooling and erosion, but is less obvious than a channel drainage system. By incorporating a French drain system with a drainage swale, water is invisibly directed away from your property’s foundation.
Surface Drain with Collection Boxes
Surface drains collect rain and sprinkler runoff and direct water away from low areas. Collection boxes, also known as catch basins, are placed in the ground slightly below ground level and covered with a grate. A pipe is connected to the collection boxes and directs water away from the area.
A dry well is an underground system that captures excessive water and allows that water to slowly soak into the ground (known as percolate) and dissipate into groundwater. The system contains a collection box that captures overflowing water and a perforated pipe that transports the excessive water to a porous container. The container is buried completely in the ground in a pit filled with gravel.
Similar to foundations and driveways, cracks appearing in exterior walls—including brick and stone—can lead to major instability and costly repairs.
This is due to water seeping into those cracks and crevices, causing mortar and other binding agents to disintegrate. When coupled with powerful Texas winds, temperature fluctuations and thunderstorms, chimneys, walls and other structures can topple and repaired foundations exposed to additional damage.
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FCS Foundation Repair provides masonry repair services that stabilize exterior walls, chimneys and other freestanding structures. In addition, our expert skill and craftsmanship ensure the repairs blend well within the structure.
Root Barrier System
Root barriers restrict tree roots from spreading and potentially destablizing foundations and bursting plumbing pipes. They can be solid objects, sheets of material and zones of chemically treated soil (typically, the chemicals come in the form of pellets that are attached to a fabric).
The life of a chemically treated root barrier systems is approximately five years. The shorter life is primarily due to the amount of water that falls on and flows through the treated soil. Adding chemicals to the soil is not exactly eco-friendly, and like you, we care about the environment.
FCS Foundation Repair installs root barriers composed of concrete lined with a three layer plastic membrane. The tough plastic membrane is waterproof, and the second and third layers give extra protection against penetration by roots while also acting as moisture barriers.
- Digging a trench
- Lining the trench with plastic membrane
- Refilling the trench with concrete