American Foundation Repair | Family Owned & Operated Since 1986

Family Owned & Operated Since 1986

American Foundation Repair has been a Family Owned and Operated company since 1986. Our company has installed over 30,000 steel pipe piles (push piers). We repair structurally damaged residential basements. We are not just a waterproofing company; we are a structural repair company. We invite you to take a tour of our site and take a look at all the different services we provide. To better understand our company, our commitment, and our passion for foundation repair.

Like so many companies, this company began as only a dream. But with dedication, hard work, and expertise knowledge in foundation repair, American Foundation Repair Inc. became a reality in 1986. The best companies start with a vision and a goal, and here at American it was a simple formula instilled by Benjamin Sr. (pictured with underpinning work at the Cicero Public Library) that began our legacy, and it is still being used today.

Our vision is to provide the best in foundation repair and customer service, with our expertise and our Comprehensive Quality Foundation Repair backed by 30-year warranties. The goal: satisfy every customer! We have been doing this for over 30 years, with a combined teamwork experience of over 150 years. No other company comes close to our knowledge in structural repairs!

Pricing and our Comprehensive Quality Foundation Repair separate us from the competition. We are not a franchise, we do not pay territory fees, franchise fees, or sales commissions. All of the extra cost involved in owning a franchise can really drive up the cost for you, the consumer. Being family owned and operated means direct savings for you! 

Overpaying for foundation repair, can be costly, but you don’t have too,  we are the foundation experts, there is no job we have backed away from, because we couldn’t perform it, while our competitors claim to be experts too, they don’t dare compare to our expertise. The cost can reach so high you’ll have to finance the project, avoid financing get instant savings now, ZERO FRANCHISE FEES AND ZERO COMMISSION FEES, and very little advertising cost. Word of mouth is our biggest contributor to new clients. We are Chicago’s most professional and experienced team. Experience the difference in service, products and pricing.

Comprehensive Quality Foundation Repair is all we do. This means everyone who works here at American Foundation Repair is an expert in their respective field, including our associates, project coordinators, onsite foremen, laborers, and the friendly people here at the office answering the phone calls.

Did I mention all of our warranties are transferable to new homeowners? No gimmicks and no bull. We are American Foundation Repair. It is our name and reputation; comprehensive quality foundation repair is what we do.  Soon our next generation of family will be out in the field (Raul Zambrano Jr) or answering calls (Arnold Zambrano & Ryan Zambrano). This is a family business, we take pride in family, service, and expertise knowledge. 

Our estimates are free to homeowners! We promise to be prompt, professional, and on time. Our two hour window time means you won’t be waiting all day for someone. We have flexible schedules to see you starting in the morning till the evening (daylight hours only). We also have weekend hours available all day Saturday, till 3pm.  Most appointments take about 45 minutes to an hour, and for water proofing appointments they take less 30 minutes. 

We are currently based in the Barrington, IL and provide service to the entire Chicagoland Area From Waukegan to Tinley Park, and From Chicago to Dekalb and everywhere in between. 

Call us Toll Free at 1-800-644-1900. Stop the sinking! Call now!

About Our Team

Benjamin Zambrano Sr. – Founder

I am living the American Dream: making something out of nothing. I came here in 1974 with nothing but the clothes on my back in pursuit of better living. I knew with hard work, dedication, and persistence I would one day have a business of my own. I have been working in the foundation repair business since 1976 and my dream was made a reality when I started my own business in 1986.

I am retired now. I’m still involved with the business but I have left the day-to-day operations with my son, Raul Zambrano, who is now the presiding President/Owner. All of my sons have gone through extensive training, and now have decade’s worth of combined experience, and have followed me in the family business.

Raul Zambrano Sr. – President

A satisfied customer is our goal! I have been doing foundation repair work since 1986. My knowledge in the foundation repair business is more extensive than any of my competitor’s. I can and will be able to lift  your settling home or building and keep it stable for at least the next 30 years.

I have worked side by side with structural engineers, village engineers, village inspectors, and home inspectors. I know exactly what it takes to repair your foundation. We are not a franchise who can be here one day and gone the next. There is no corporate web or endless phone calls to make to reach the right person.  You will not have to wait hours on hold in order to get your questions answered. We have been family owned and family operated since day one, and are proud to keep it that way!

Raul Zambrano Jr. – Family Owned and Operated

I’m still in school, and will continue to be in school for the next few years but during the summer, you may see me at a job site learning from my dad (Raul Zambrano Sr.). I’m still in the learning phase, but I’m being taught by the best and most knowledgeable team.  So if you see a young man, it’s most likely me working and learning.  

Benjamin Zambrano Jr. – Family Owned & Operated

I have been working in the foundation repair business since 1994, and with 14 years of foundation repair experience, I have seen it all. I started out in the trenches and worked as a labor for 8 years before becoming a project foreman, which I worked at for 4 years. Now I am on the consulting team.

With all my hands-on experience, I am an expert when it comes to foundation repair. I can evaluate your problem and have a solution for you the same day I come out to see your home. One thing you can count on is my expert problem solving technique, which I customized to fit your home.

Steve Swanstrom – Family Owned & Operated

I was born, raised, and educated in Illinois. Most of my life experience is in the construction industry. My goal has always been to use the “fix it once” approach to all construction problems—do a job well enough the first time that it will not have to be fixed again. I believe we all want one time fixes that are practical as well!

My second goal, today and every day, is to offer complete, easy to understand, economical solutions to structural repair problems for you, our customer.


Jesus Zambrano – Family Owned & Operated

I have been with American Foundation Repair for over 20 Years. I come with 20 years of knowledge and experience, there is nothing in the foundation repair business, that I haven’t seen. My goal will be to educate you on your foundation problem and customize a solution for your home. We are NOT sales representatives. There is no up sell, or aggressive sales tactics from us, just friendly professional service with a written proposal.