Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Foundation Repair

Polyurethane Foam

Piers & Anchors

Seismic Retrofitting

Crack Injection

Mudjacking

California Earthquakes

Foundation Repair

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?

It’s important to understand that all “Do-it-yourself” solutions are short-lived. Quick fixes such as patching over drywall cracks or tuck-pointing exterior cracks only temporarily solves cosmetic damage, it does nothing to stabilize the foundation. You’re only setting yourself up for ongoing frustrations. The cracks will open back up as the problem continues. This becomes very unsightly and begins to detract from the beauty of your home or building.

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.

More on the Costs of Foundation Repair

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!

Polyurethane Foam Concrete Leveling

 

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?

 Although this method by itself is not recommended to raise a damaged foundation by its self, it can be used in conjunction with push or helical piers to fill in any voids created by the lifting process.

How long does a job typically take to complete?

 The average job takes less than one day to complete. Our polyurethane foam offers an immediate turnaround allowing you to walk or drive on repaired concrete within 15 minutes after installation.

What are the benefits of concrete lifting over replacement?

 The cost of concrete lifting offers savings of up to 50% over the alternative of removing and reconstructing damaged concrete. Our polyurethane foam is faster, cleaner, and more cost-effective than replacement. Concrete lifting also does not require municipal building permits for commercial or industrial applications.

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?

 Our polyurethane foam system is non-invasive and Eco-friendly. We use small equipment that will not disturb any vegetation or decorations around the damaged concrete. In contrary, with the removal and reconstructing of concrete you experience significant disruption of your landscaping.

Piers & Anchors

 

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.

Our Helical Pier & Anchor Services 

What type of load can piers support?

Piers are versatile across all sized jobs, from residential to commercial. They can easily hold up to 500 tons, or 1,000,000 lbs., which reflects loads similar to a 10 story building. That said, the exact weight of the load is just a determination of the size and number of helical piers used for the job.

How long does a job typically take to complete?

Piers can be installed with either equipment attached to skid steers, mini and full size excavators, backhoes or other types of handheld equipment for limited access areas. A good crew can install up to 6 Piers a day.

What is the life expectancy of a pier?

 Helical piers are made with galvanized steel, recorded to last over 75 years in moderately to highly corrosive soils. They can easily last over 100 years in less corrosive soils.

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.

Seismic Retrofitting

 

What is seismic retrofitting?
What is foundation seismic retrofitting?
What is soft-story seismic retrofitting?
Why is it important to seismic retrofit my home or building?
How long will it take to retrofit my home or building?
How do I know if my house needs earthquake improvements?
Do newer homes or buildings need seismic retrofitting?
Is the retrofitting process disruptive?
Can you retrofit a brick foundation?
Does retrofitting increase a home’s value?
What size of earthquake will a retrofitted house go through without damage?
Will I get better insurance rates in California after seismic retrofitting?
How cost-effective is crack injection?
Is it the best way to fix cracked concrete?
What is the crack injection success rate?
Is it effective for leaking cracks?
Can the temperature reduce it’s effectiveness?
What is mudjacking?
What is the mudjacking “mud” made of ?
What type of concrete damage can be fixed with mudjacking?
How long does mudjacking take, from start to finish?
Is mudjacking a permanent solution?
Is a building permit required for mudjacking?
Is mudjacking better than replacing concrete?
Mudjacking vs. Polyurethane foam

California Earthquakes

What is an earthquake?
How long do earthquakes last?
What is the San Andreas Fault?
Is there an earthquake season?
Is there earthquake weather?
Where is the safest place to be during an earthquake?
Will the ground open up during an earthquake?
What is a seismometer?
What is a seismograph?
When was the seismograph invented?
What is a seismogram?
What is the Richter Scale?
Where do earthquakes occur?
Can earthquakes be predicted?
Can earthquakes be prevented?
What is a fault and what are the different types?
Why do tectonic plates move?
What are aftershocks and foreshocks?
What is earthquake intensity?
What is the difference between magnitude and intensity?
What is the biggest earthquake that has ever happened?
What is Soil Liquefaction?