Undergoing foundation repair is an extremely costly and time-consuming affair. It requires a significant amount of excavation around the home, mounting the structure on supports, constructing the new foundation, and then placing the structure back on it.
What you need to know
Every foundation issue can be attributed to soil conditions surrounding the home. When that soil loosens, water is allowed to penetrate into basements and crawl spaces. Eventually, foundation repair will be needed to correct the situation. Both new and old foundations alike are subject to foundation problems. So it is important to have permanent solutions applied in order to prevent any future problems from developing. The first step to creating a strong structure is to ensure that the foundation of it is problem-free.
Damage types explained
Cosmetic damage usually shows up first with cracks in the exterior brick and the interior sheet rock walls and ceilings. This is quite disturbing to a homeowner whose home is their largest investment. These cosmetic cracks will usually prompt a homeowner to take action and call a foundation repair company to inspect the foundation and determine what if any repairs need to be done and, most importantly; how much the repairs will cost.
Functional damages are classified as parts of the structure that no longer function properly. Functional damage signs are doors that will not completely close or latch, Windows that won’t open or close properly, Huge gaps in the brick and mortar causing cold or hot air to enter the home. When the foundation gets distorted the framework and brickwork get distorted and out of level. Functional damages usually require piers or underpinning to level the foundation and correct the distorted areas.
Structural damages are the worst of the three levels. signs of structural damage are huge breaks in the foundation, sheet rock, walls and ceilings to a point where foundation repair may cause it to damage more. If your foundation has these signs you should hire a structural engineer to design a scope of repair. You should also inquire from the engineer what best foundation repair companies he has had experience with to repair the foundation. One of the best referrals for a foundation repair company is from an engineer.
To determine the cost of foundation repair depends on the amount of underpinning or piers required to level the foundation. The estimator will determine the number of piers. A repair estimate is not broke down by labour and materials. An estimator or an engineer will figure how many piers it will take to properly repair the foundation and multiply the number of piers times the cost per pier. A decent size job of ten piers or more will usually be a lower pier price than a smaller job. The fewer the number of piers the more money the foundation company will charge per pier to repair the foundation.
Finally, multiple quotes may help weed out exorbitantly high service providers. This will help the decrease the cost of your slab jacking or underpinning service.