Welcome to our FAQ, where you will find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about foundation repair, concrete leveling, crack injection and more. If you have a question not found in our FAQ, call (661) 294-1313 to speak with one of our foundation repair experts.
What causes foundation problems?
Foundation problems can ruin a home or building’s value and even render it unsafe or unlivable, regardless the cause. The majority of foundation problems are caused by either:
- Expansion in the soils surrounding your home or building
- Poor maintenance of the earth around the foundation
- The flaws of imperfect construction
- Flooding of land around your home or building
- Improperly compacted fill soils
- Deteriorating or inadequate supports
- The weight of your property bearing down on the foundation
It’s also not just older homes or buildings that experience issues with their foundation. A recent study by consumer reports revealed that 15% of new homes or buildings have serious foundation problems as well.
Do I need to repair my foundation immediately?
Unfortunately, foundation problems don’t get better with time – they only get worse! Similar to a crack in the windshield of your car; the longer you wait, the more expensive to repair. When foundation problems are ignored; worry grows with each day that passes and you’re unable to fully enjoy your living space.
If the issue is not corrected right away, pests may even find their way through the cracks, leading to infestations within the home or building. If fixing the problem is put off too long, entire basement walls can collapse resulting in an unlivable home in extreme cases. The decision to address foundation problems in their early stages offers peace of mind, knowing that your greatest investment is once again, safe, secure and fully usable.
Should I try repairing my own foundation?
What are the costs of Foundation Repair?
When trying to determine a fair cost for repairing your foundation, it’s important to first understand that every solution requires a customized foundation repair system. With this in mind, the costs of repair can vary depending on type of problem, the solution being used, amount of preparation required and difficulty of the repair.
Examples of varying costs:
- If more than average excavation is required to reach the bottom of your foundation, the costs of settlement repair may be greater than that of an excavation that takes half the time.
- When installing foundation push piers, they need to extend downward beneath your home until firm enough soil is reached. The longer the distance, the greater number of steep pier sections that are needed to achieve the optimal depth.
Is there a Return On Investment on foundation repair?
Knowing your home or building is safe and secure is a great return on investment in itself. Another huge benefit of foundation repair is the resale value of your property. Most people sell their home or building at some point in their life. No buyer wants to purchase a property with structural damage, and if they did, it wouldn’t even be close to asking price.
The Real Estate Seller Disclosure Act requires disclosure of foundation problems to potential buyers. In most cases, Realtors say they have to discount a property with foundation structural defects by up to 30% to proceed with the sale.
A simple calculation, subtract 30% from the appraised value of your home today. Compared to the average costs of foundation repair, you can easily see the amount lost is much greater than the cost of fixing your foundation!
What is Polyurethane Foam Concrete Lifting?
A high-density polyurethane foam material that is injected beneath a cracked or sunken concrete slab. When the components mix, a chemical reaction causes the foam to expand with powerful force, filling the voids and pushing settled concrete up toward its original, level position.
Can a foundation be raised with Polyurethane Foam?
How long does a job typically take to complete?
What are the benefits of concrete lifting over replacement?
Can polyurethane foam repair any damaged slab of concrete?
For the most part… almost any piece of cracked or sunken concrete can be raised or leveled. There are rare instances where the condition of the concrete is damaged beyond repair and must be replaced.
Will polyurethane foam damage my landscaping?
Why are piers the best foundation repair technique?
Piers are the only permanent foundation repair solution. This is because they bypass the problem soils, which caused your foundation to fail in the first place, and rest onto load bearing strata or bedrock. The conventional method of tearing down and rebuilding a foundation does not address the actual issue. Your foundation problems are guaranteed to return.
They are also very cost effective, fast to install, and offer almost zero interruption to your daily life. Unlike hand-dug and drilled concrete piers which are extremely time consuming, messy, expensive, and labor intensive. Or driven Piles which although effective, offer limited access and are very sensitive when when stabilizing existing foundations and structures.
What type of load can piers support?
How long does a job typically take to complete?
What is the life expectancy of a pier?
What’s the difference between square & round shafts?
Square Shaft: These helical piers are best for tension situations as they offer greater yield, tensile strength and higher torque capacity.
Round Shaft: These helical piers are best for compression situations as they offer far superior lateral stability (the strength to resist twisting and deflection), along with greater load capacities.