This is the ultimate guide on Foundation repair.
In this guide, you will learn about common foundation problems, when to seek expert advice, and how to save hard earned Money on expensive repairs.
We all love to live in a structurally safe home, but it is not so easy due to expensive clay, weak drainage, natural calamity, and drought-like situation.
The ultimate guide of Foundation Repair
Around 73% of American homes have foundation problems, so there is a good amount of chance that you might have the same problem as other 73% American household.
The Question is: How you can identify problems at an early stage and save Money big on expensive repairs. Well, that’s where this ultimate guide will help you.
Before moving forward, I want to let you know why I am sharing this complete guide on FOUNDATION REPAIR.
My home was on expansive clay, and because of that, my house was sunk. I did not notice the signs at an early stage, and when I saw it was too late, I had a crack on every wall, my floor was uneven, doors and windows were not aligned.
In short, it was nothing but a nightmare.
I asked professionals for inspection, and they have handed me a quotation which was beyond my expectations. The damage was done, and there was no way to avoid that unexpected expense.
Well, I have made mistakes, and I don’t want you to make the same mistakes. Believe me; this ultimate guide will defiantly help you to save money.
Warning signs of Foundation Problem
Cracks on the exterior wall
Hairline cracks are okay.
But if you notice a big, Zigzag crack on your exterior wall, it is a clear sign that you are having trouble ahead.
There are two types of Interior cracks .i.e. horizontal and vertical.
If you have horizontal cracks, don’t worry at all, it’s normal.
However, if your home has vertical cracks, it is a warning sign, and it needs attention.
Gaps in walls & floor
Okay, this is serious.
Gaps of wall, floor, and ceiling appear when clay expands or shrinks. It moves your foundation, and you will notice deep, ugly gaps on the wall, floor, and ceiling.
Doors and Windows are not aligned
One window or door are not aligned is totally fine, but few of your window or doors are hard to shut defiantly alarming situation.
Your windows and doors loose alignment due to shifting its foundation and it is a time to call an expert for advice.
The easiest way to find a sloping and uneven floor is the ball method.
Put a Ball on the floor, and if it moves more than 10 feet, you should consider for repair. It’s normal if it moves a few inches here or there.
Bowing basement walls is an indication of a weakened structure. Bowed walls are difficult to see or notice as cracks appear after wall begins to bow. It happens due to external pressure, and it makes your structure vulnerable.
Cracks in concrete
Expansion and shrinkage of clay create pressure on concrete, and the result is, cracks on the concrete floor. Don’t overlook these cracks as it is just the beginning of the problem.
Leaning chimney not only decreases the value of your home, but it also signs of serious foundation problem.
Foundation Repair Methods
If you have found out early problematic signs, it’s great.
There are various methods to fix your foundation.
It will help you to understand what foundation repair contractors do during expensive repairs.
Slab jacking AKA Mud jacking or pressure grouting is an easiest and inexpensive method to repair your foundation. It is an ideal method to lift to raise concrete of basement, garage, and walkway, decks and patio floors.
It required a trained professional and special equipment to do the job.
The process starts with drilling holes in the concrete at strategically located areas. Grout mixture is filled in these holes with a portable pump and flexible hoses. The slab will come in normal position within an hour.
There are DIY Kits available in the market. It is not recommended for inexperienced persons.
Helical piers, also known as screw piles or screw anchors are useful to repair old or new foundation. It is easy to install and does not require extensive excavation.
It is the most popular method among household as it requires less time and money. Piers are drilled into the earth up to 12 to 15 feet on predetermined locations.
Properly installed screw piles can take load up to 6000 Tons.
Note: It requires soil testing up to the depth of 15 to 18 feet, So that, the pier is installed on solid ground.
Bell Bottom Piers
It is one of the costliest and most trusted methods of foundation repair. Bell Bottom Pier provides solid support to the structure, as it uses pier shaft of the diameter 8 to 12 inches and it is installed to the depth of 15 to 18 feet with a bell of the diameter 20 to 36 inches.
Wait there is more…
Now you know what the warning signs are and what the method of foundation repair is.
So your oblivious question is what the cost is?
Let’s have a look at the estimated cost of various repair methods. It is a generalized cost as every repair job is different from others.
Slab Jacking cost
The average homeowner spends $317 to $2090 on mud jacking. Cost depends on the various factors such as material consumption, men hours, and level of damage.
It is the cheapest foundation repair method but not reliable if there is significant damage.
Helical Piers cost
The average cost of helical piles is from $135 to $275, which also includes installation. You will spend $1350 on repair if you install ten helical piles at the gap of 10 feet. Average American spends between $1000 to $3000 total on helical Piers.
Bell Bottom Piers cost
Bell Bottom Piers is defiantly one of the costliest foundation repair methods.
The average cost of a single Bell Bottom Piers is $515 to $713.
Small Foundation repair job requires an average 8 to 15 piers which means you need to spend minimum $4120 on bell bottom piers
Small Repair Job: 8 to 16 Piers
Medium Repair Job: 17 to 26 Piers
Large Repair Job: 27 to 31 Piers
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