Your concrete foundation provides critical support for your home and it is necessary that your foundation is kept in good repair at all times. Any type of damage to your foundation can cause many different problems, ranging from a leak in your basement to a problem with the stability of your home. If you find yourself with a foundation issue, our experts can help you with your foundation repair. If your wondering if you should repair or replace your foundation, our experts can help recommend the best option.
What Causes Foundation Repairs?
Most of the damages caused to your foundation is mostly due to water. The changing moisture causes the soil to swell or shrink, which makes the foundation underneath to move and shift.
Your home’s foundation may be at more of a risk of foundation damage if:
- It sits on expansive clay
- The foundation was improperly compacted fill soils
- There is poor drainage around the foundation
- Extreme seasonal changes
- House has had a plumbing leak
- An earthquake, flood or drought compromised the structure
It is common for foundations that have a high amount of clay are more likely to have foundation issues than those that have little to no clay within its contents. Movement is either significant or little or little to no movement based on the foundation type. There are several signs of foundation issues to look out for.
Foundation Repair Methods
This common method is basically lifting the concrete foundation for homes that have a concrete slab as their base.
Slabjacking consist of drilling a pattern of holes into the concrete and filling these holes with a type of concrete or grout like substance. The purpose of putting this solution into the holes is to lift the slab of concrete to an even level with the rest of the slab. Once this is completed, the holes will be covered with concrete.
This method is known to be a lower cost solution to foundation problems and is relatively little to no disruption to property depending on the repair situation.
The slabjacking method of foundation repair can be utilized on various areas around your home. This solution can be used on patios, walkways, and driveways.
To lift and stabilize larger foundation problems, hydraulic piers are typically used. The Piers are for issues larger than cracks such as those found in home and commercial building foundation shifting.
The idea behind piering is to place mechanical jacks to lift the bean into the correct position. In order to avoid further damage to the property, the beam must be treated carefully. Once the beam is raised, it is held in place by a specially designed spread footing and pier.
To ensure that the footing is in position and is not affected by the change in soil moisture, the footing is set deep into the foundation. The footing is also designed to distribute the weight of the load.
Foundation Repair Costs
The cost for most foundation repair issues is on average roughly $4,405. If your foundation is in need of hydraulic piers repairs than the cost can be at or above $10,000, whereas minor cracks can cost you around $500. The typical rage for the cost of a repair can be between $1,933 and $6,896.
- Minimum cost: $500
- Average cost: $4,405
- Typical Range: $2,000 – $7,000
If just a crack repair is the repair, that will cost you between $250 and $800. If the crack has a gap that is wider than 1/8″, then there is a cause for concern. In other words, it could be that your foundation is either sinking or the soil has too much pressure on it.
Although it is easy to find the cracks that do not affect the structure of your property, they should not be ignored. A good idea is to get foundation waterproofing done around your home, the cracks in your foundation can lead to moisture seeping in and causing structural problems if left alone for too long.
About The Fresh Air Companies
If you are looking for stellar foundation repair, The Fresh Air Companies’ experts certainly fit the bill. We devote as much as time as is necessary to complete foundation repairs in your home. Just be sure to call us for your free estimate. Our expert team is eager to help you as they have with their clients since being in business. Contact us soon so we may get to work on your home today.