Foundation Repair Dallas

I sat down with the Greater Dallas Area Verizon Yellow pages and counted concrete foundation repair contractor listings. I threw out listings for satellite offices or what appeared to be different numbers for the same or a sister company. Very unscientific to be sure, but I still ended up with 96 foundation repair contractors in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area alone. Yikes! How do you pick one?

First, it would not be a bad idea to hire a structural engineer to inspect your concrete foundation. For a few hundred dollars you can get a professional opinion of the need for repair if any and a plan with recommended methods of foundation repair for your individual situation. For more information on choosing an engineer, see my post “Consider a Structural Engineer.”

The Foundation Performance Association website has a listing of geotechnical, structural, forensic, and civil engineers, inspectors, consultants, foundation repair contractors and related businesses.

(FPA) is a non-profit corporation in Texas.

Danny Lippford runs a home improvement website and appears on the CBS Morning Show has this to say about picking a contractor:

No Contract Labor- Make sure the people performing the repairs work for the company.

Financial Commitment- Does the contractor own or rent his equipment?

Supervisors on Site- Is the company large enough to provide full time supervision, or will the crew be dropped off at your home to do the work?

References- Make sure references are not hand picked.

Warranties- Warranties are only as good as the company that offers them. A reputable company who has been in business for at least 25 years should be your best bet.

Insurance- Ask for current insurance certificates.

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10 Responses to Foundation Repair Dallas

  1. Debra Hetmer says:

    I am a real estate agent in the DFW area. I represent buyers and sellers. I have come into a situation that I would like to share with you so you may have knowledge of how certain companies do business and one I would NOT recommend. I have a client I represent that bought a home from another agent and I am now selling their home. There was previous foundation work that was only one year old done by the previous owner. The buyer (now my seller) wasn’t informed they needed to transfer the warranty. This home had $18,000 of work done by Advanced Prolift which is also associated with Perma Pier. When they found out they needed to transfer the warranty they were told it would cost them 15% of the original cost of the work being done without the foundation company even looking to see if there are any current problems.

    I called two other companies in which said for their customers they would consider a case by case basis and if they did an inspection and found no issues or work to be would allow them to reinstate for $100 or $200 whichever their transfer fee is for that company. If there is work to be done they would allow them to fix any current issue and insure it from then forward.

    I would not advise doing business with this company simply for the fact that they do not work with homeowners and not willing to make any exceptions. I asked to speak to the General Contractor and he had his assistant call me back. More good business ethics.

  2. cosmoage says:

    Hi Everyone

    I am trying to buy a home in north texas. There is a wonderful house but they have put concrete in the whole backyard – all around the house. My realtor says Texas being a very dry state needs the foundation to be watered during the summers to prevent foundation issues.
    Should I be bothered about this concrete around the house to cause future foundation issues.
    Please let me know
    Thank you very much

  3. Perma-Pier Foundation Repair Company is not in any way associated with Advance Prolift. We are a independent foundation repair company and have no associations with any other foundation repair company. Any questions regarding this please feel free to call our Headquarters at 214-637-1444.

    Or check us out on BBB to verify us as a company.

    http://www.bbb.org/dallas/business-reviews/foundation-repair-and-house-leveling/perma-pier-foundation-repair-company-in-dallas-tx-53000064

  4. Justin P says:

    As a real estate broker, I have to surround myself with the best people out there that will represent me and do incredible work. It has been 2 years now since I met Tony Kline, and started doing business with Investment Foundations and Repairs. I can’t tell you the number of times he has gone out to a home and told them that they did not even need piers or given one of my customers the best service around. Integrity, honesty, and just doing what you say you are going to do is what Tony is all about. Keep up the great work!

  5. Digger says:

    Justin,
    It’s always great to hear about good honest contractors.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Elaine Dooley says:

    Do not use Advanced Pro Lift Foundation Repair. They do not honor their warrnaties. I speak from experience.

  7. parker says:

    DO NOT trust Perma-Pier Foundation Repair Company!!!

    They owe my plumbing company over $14,000 and refuse to pay. They use delay and avoidance tactics and lie to your face. They are very arrogant and from what I understand, are in major debt and are teetering on bancrupcy. I would not put much faith or validity in any warranties or guarantees they claim to back. They now use only plumbing companies that test for free in hopes of getting the job for any repairs of leaking systems. How many plumbing tests do you think the plumbers will report as failed, since getting the repairs is the only way they make any money? Can you say,conflict of interest? Very corruptand dishonest business with no moral integrity or ethics what so ever. DO NOT trust Perma-Pier Foundation Repair Company. You ll be sorry if you do!!!

  8. I appreciate your article concerning foundation repair. I have been in business since 1970 in the Kansas City area, and I have the 6 largest engineering firms refer me to homeowners when they have foundation, waterproofing, drainage, floor leveling, and cracks in their basement or foundation walls. I agree with what kind of advice you are giving to the good folks in Dallas. I can’t tell you how many homes last year I had to fix some other foundation repair company that did not use their own workers and did poor work on folks here in Kansas City.

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  10. Eellen says:

    Investment Foundations and Repairs listed above is now cited on Goggle as being out of business.

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