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Reputable Foundation Repair Companies in the Houston Area

We are here to help when you need a local contractor but you don't have the time or patience to try to find the best Foundation Repair companies in the Houston area. Relax. We've done the research for you. We save Houston area homeowners time by conducting thousands of due diligence home contractor surveys and interviews with homeowners. Only Foundation Repair companies that “earn” a Five Star Rating through exceptional service and work performance are listed above. Our stringent selection process ensures you'll be working with the best Foundation Repair contractors that provide top quality service to the Houston area.

Services & Products Provided:

Foundation Repair and Basement Waterproofing

Complementary Services & Products:

Foundation Pier Systems, wall anchor systems, basement waterproofing, crawlspace encapsulation.

Number One Complaint in the Houston Foundation Repair Category:

The foundation contractor had to come back several times to correct problems that were not solved with the original scope of work.

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Common Causes of Foundation Issues in Houston Homes

When looking at purchasing a new home, it is essential that you keep your eyes peeled for troubles with the home’s foundation. If you buy a house with a bad foundation, you might lose almost your entire investment. Reselling a home with foundation troubles is nearly impossible, and fixing the issues to make the house salable again can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

It Starts with the Soil
Ultimately, issues with a house’s foundation are caused by the soil underneath it. A very fragile or poorly-constructed foundation can stay in place for many decades without issue, assuming the soil around it is steady and secure. On the other hand, shifting or unsteady soil will break a foundation, no matter how well built it may be. When choosing a house, look out for those built in sandy or loose soil, as they are more likely than any other homes to experience foundation troubles.

Sinkholes
When people hear the term "sinkhole," they usually think of massive depressions in the ground that are dozens of feet deep. However, not all sinkholes are so dramatic, and sometimes there can be minor depressions in the ground beneath a house, which will bow and break the basement flooring, and can threaten the entire home's stability. These shifts in ground level may only measure a few inches in magnitude, but that is more than enough to break a home’s foundation.

Water in the Soil
If the soil underneath your house moves, it is probably because of water in the soil. Generally speaking, adding water to the soil will cause it to expand, and when the water dries, the soil will contract. If the soil under one portion of your house is wetter or dryer than the soil elsewhere, then the expansion or contraction will be uneven, and your foundation is susceptible to shifting and breaking.

Moving Foundations
Although there are many ways to recognize foundation problems before your home’s base begins to crack, most often cracks in the foundation are the first signs of trouble that the homeowner will recognize. The cause of such cracking is straightforward: the home’s foundation has moved, forcing the materials (usually concrete and wood) to break. As you might guess, it's not a problem if the foundation moves in equal measure across the full length of the house. In fact, that's perfectly normal over time. But asymmetrical shifts in the house's foundation are a problem, and will cause the building materials to crack and eventually collapse.

When Is It Time to Call A Houston Foundation Repair Contractor?

As homeowner, there is no worse nightmare than having to repair your home’s foundation. Not only is the process expensive and extremely time-consuming, it is also quite nerve-wracking, since the long-term safety and viability of your Houston area home depends on having a solid foundation.

But how do you recognize a house with foundation problems? Of course, you could look for major cracks around the base of the house, but usually foundation problems creep up more subtly than that, and can be spotted before large cracks appear. If you keep your eyes peeled for the problems described here, you will be able to recognize foundation issues at the first sign of trouble.

Bad Soil
Actually, the number one sign of foundation issues is nothing to do with the house, but rather with the soil beneath it. In almost all cases, houses with damaged foundations have been built on “shifting sands,” which over time will bend and ultimately break the house’s foundation, no matter how sturdy it once was. So if you see a home built in thin or sandy soil, you can virtually guarantee that eventually it will experience foundation issues. Look closely at the house itself to make sure that the foundation isn’t already damaged.

Ill-Fitting Doors and Windows
If one door in your home doesn’t shut quite as easily as it once did, then there might be a problem with a hinge, or the frame could have been warped by too much moisture. But if all (or many) of your doors and windows gradually start sticking, or not quite closing, then there is a much a bigger problem, one that probably begins with your house’s foundation. As that foundation weakens and then settles, openings like doors and windows will warp imperceptibly, which makes them much harder to open and close. There is almost no surer sign of foundation troubles than this.

Space Between Ceilings and Moldings
If your house has moldings along the ceiling, pay close attention to how snugly they fit against the walls and the ceiling itself. Assuming they were properly installed in the first place, they should be securely joined, and the nails holding them in place should keep them snug for decades, if not longer. If that is not the case, and you see gaps forming between molding and ceiling throughout your home, then unfortunately there is a very good chance you have foundation issues in need of repair.

Wallpaper Bunching and Creasing
Another very obvious sign of foundation problems is when your wallpaper starts to either bunch, tear, or crease on the wall. Again, this could also be caused by excessive moisture, so be sure that the room or rooms affected haven’t been overly humid. But if the problem is arising throughout your home and you haven’t had issues with humidity, then this bunching is probably due to your foundation settling and bending your walls.

Foundation problems threaten the stability of your Houston area home, and the safety of everyone inside it. Make sure that you are aware of the key signs of foundation troubles, and act as soon as you recognize them.

Areas Typically Served By Our Houston Foundation Repair Contractors

Houston, Katy, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Richmond, Kingwood, Missouri City, Cypress and more.