Brazos Valley Solutions LLC believes there are important questions you should have answered before you select your
foundation inspector. Please do not hesitate to contact us
with any questions you may have.
Why does Brazos Valley Solutions LLC (BVS) not advertise that
the ProMax piling system is FHA, VA, & HUD approved?
BVS only deals in actual true facts. FHA, VA, & HUD “DO NOT” approve
of any method. What they do approve of is any repair in which a
Professional Engineer signs off as acceptable and places the PE seal
which is dated and signed. Basically companies that advertise that
their products are approved by FHA, VA, and HUD know this and are
misleading readers. The ad should read, “Approved by FHA, VA, & HUD
when certified by a professional engineer.”
Various handouts by other companies show the piling system
tumbling and askew. Does that really happen?
No. The law of physics tells us that once an object enters a mass
the next object follows the pathway of less resistance. Plus as the
case of a pressed piling, it is pressed into the soil with 20K lbs.
of force which compresses the soils around the piling holding it in
place. The driving of additional pilings adds more pressure on the
piling column thus preventing lateral movement. Once the piling
column is driven into a load barring strata of dense soil/rock/clay
it becomes a point load column. The pressed piling product was
patented in 1982 and to date more homes have been repaired with it
than the next two products (steel piers and drilled piers). If they
tumbled or were askew one would think that someone would have
photographic evidence. Ask our competitors for their photo evidence.
What about the void under the slab once it has been lifted?
Void filling commonly referred to as mud jacking/pressure grouting/polymeric
should only be done when the soil/clays under the
slab have reached the max PVR (potential of vertical rise) during
maximum hydration of the under lying soils/clays. The reason is that
when the soils become hydrated they will expand and the void under
the slab allows them to expand naturally. If a contractor wants to
fill the void under the slab, ask them if they will be responsible
for damage should the soil rehydrate, expand, and damage other areas
of your foundation and write it into the contract.
International Concrete Repair Institute, should always be preformed
under the supervision of a licensed Professional Engineer and an
experienced grouting engineer. Request to see the licensee of all
What is the weight load capacity of the piling column?
, a kip is the unit of deadweight used
primarily by American architects and engineers to measure
engineering loads. 1 kip is equal to 1,000 lbs.
What do local consulting engineers that evaluate foundations
recommend in their reports?
The following is from a Gessner Engineering report: “Underpinning is
recommended for this building foundation. This foundation
stabilization and adjustment can be accomplished with driven piles,
drilled piers, or helical piles. All methods, when installed
correctly, can provide sufficient bearing capacity to support the
foundation and provide some lifting. The foundation need not be
lifted to a perfectly flat condition. Instead, the contractor shall
lift with the goal of bringing the foundation within deflection
and/or tilt tolerance. Depending on the degree of lift required and
the condition of the finish materials, the foundation contractor may
elect to stop short of the goal. The intent of the underpinning is
to provide a more stable foundation system by limiting the range of
movement the foundation experiences.”
Upon request Brazos Valley
Solutions will record finished elevations and provide a copy for