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Foundation Repair DIY and Cost Questions

clock May 7, 2018 06:29 by author
Is foundation repair ever a DIY job? Do you need a structural engineer? Is every foundation repair super expensive? These are questions we answer in this article. We can also put you in touch with a local professional to help you with your foundation repair project.

Is Foundation Repair a good DIY project? 

 

Foundation repair is a home repair that shouuld not be considered a do-it-yourself project. To diagnose a foundation problem you really need an expert in foundation repair or a structural engineer. While a homeowner can recognize foundation problems such as settlement, sloping floors, or wall cracks, it is very important for the homeowner to recognize that there is a varity of different types of foundation repairs and many involve the installation of piers and underpinning products beneath the structure to make sure that problems will cease.

 

What is a structural engineer?

 

A structural engineer analyzes support for homes, buildings, and even bridges. They can design the support for these structures as well. You have to be certified in structural engineering and a structural engineer is a specialty that falls within civil engineering. You can learn more about structural engineering at http://www.ncsea.com/

 

Are their any foundation repair projects that ARE DIY?

 

It is not recommended to do any foundation repair projects yourself. This is because while some projects seems small, such as a small crack in the foundation wall, it may be hiding a much larger foundation repair problem. If you don't have an inspection done, you won't be aware of the larger problem and it will just get worse. Since your foundation is the key to the overall health and safety of your home, it isn't something you want to mess with. Every potential foundation problem should be inspected to rule out larger issues. 

 

Is every foundation repair project expensive?

 

Not every foundation repair project costs 10's of thousands of dollars. There are some repairs that are a lot less expensive such as repair a small crack or adding carbon fiber to strengthen walls. It is still important to get these projects checkout however since they can mask larger foundation issues that could lead to foundation failure. 

 

If you have any other foundation repair questions or are even considering foundation repair as a DIY project, contact us at My Foundation Repairs. We can help you find an expert in your area to make sure your foundation repairs are done right and aren't hiding any larger issues. Financing is available in many cases, so let us know if you require financing and we will try to find a foundation repair contractor in your area with financing options. Call us today if you have questions or need help finding a local contractor. 



Dry Conditions Can Leave Homes On Unstable Foundations

clock January 31, 2014 05:47 by author
Dry soil conditions cause unstable foundations such as settlement and cracking. If you notice sticking doors and windows, contact My Foundation Repairs today.

Dry Soil Conditions Can Lead to Settlement

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Drought years lead to extra settling, cracks in walls

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —The dry weather conditions are causing serious problems with some homes in the Kansas City area.

 

Dry and clay soil gets even drier during droughts and the lack of moisture is causing an excess of problems.

 

"It was pretty obvious when someone walked into the room that there was a problem," said resident Cindy Geir."The door was just hard to open and close, and some of the windows wouldn't open anymore."

 

Small cracks and other problems inside the home can mean some major repairs outside.

 

The foundation in Cindy Geir's home sank up to three inches.

 

While it may seem like a small amount, the price tag for fixing the problem isn't.

 

"You're probably in the $5,000 range and up," said Mark Phillips of Arrow  Foundation Repair.

 

"Because the drought has really just continued," he said. "It's really been like this the last two years, just because we haven't had a lot of moisture, and that includes snow, so therefore, the ground is still pretty dry."

When it's this dry, soil pulls away from the foundation and causes the home to lose stability and sink.

 

While some experts recommend watering around the foundation to help prevent it from happening, it won't take care of all of the problems.

"It will alleviate and get the clay soils into a neutral mode, but inevitably, we're going to get into a drought again, and you're probably going to be right back to the same problem," said Phillips.

He said one thing people can do is keep their eyes open for cracked drywall or sticking doors and windows. Sometimes catching the problem early can mean saving a lot of money.

 

Arrow Foundation Repair said it usually sees about 100 repairs per year, but that number has risen over the past two years.







The Average Cost of Foundation Repair

clock December 27, 2013 07:01 by author
A licensed professional will assess your foundation damages and determine a foundation repair cost.

Many homeowners or business owners tend to ignore the signs of foundation problems because the cost of foundation repairs just seems to daunting. Understanding the costs of foundation repair is important because it may save you from larger problems in the future. Many foundation repairs don't cost as much as you think, but foundation failure IS a very large costing repair that you want to avoid. Foundation repairs can cost anywhere from 1,000 dollars to 10,000 dollars. Why the wide range you ask? There are so many factors that play into your foundation repair cost. Knowing what those costs will be will help you be prepared to find the right solution for your home or business.

What Factors into Foundation Repair Costs?

Foundation Inspection: Most people don't have the expertise to inspect their own foundation, although it is recommended to know the signs of foundation failure including bowing and leaning walls, wall cracks, floor cracks, foundation cracks, slab cracks, garage column cracks, sloping floors, bowing and leaning walls, and doors and windows that stick. Some engineers will provide you with a structural report to give to the contractor that will work on your job. These are usually first cost most people have is to have a formal inspection done on their foundation by a foundation engineer. They will point you in the direction of your next steps. 

Quoting: The next step is to find a qualified foundation repair expert in your area. My Foundation Repairs can point you in the right direction for a foundation contractor in your area. You will want to find someone that is licensed in your area. Some foundation repair experts offer free estimates. You can contact the National Association of Waterproofing and Structural Repair Contractors to get a referral as well. If the work needed is extensive, you may find that you have to pay for a quote or estimate for your foundation repair.

Foundation Repairs: You may find that all you need is simple repairs such as patching or filling of cracks or bricks. Other more extensive repairs can be much more complicated. This is why there is such a variance in price of foundation repairs. Sometimes excavation of the site will need to be done and this can lead to quite an expense, but in many cases piering and underpinning products can be installed with little to no site excavation. This makes the cost really vary from job to job. 

Other Considerations: Somes your lawn or landscaping will need to be disturbed during a foundation repair project. This may add additional costs to your specific foundation repair project. Trees may need to be removed, and may have even caused part of the problem in the beginning because roots from trees can disturb foundations and steal moisture in the soil around the foundation causing the soils to shrink away from the foundation removing much needed support.

It's Important to Repair Your Foundation

Usually one of two things is important to you when it comes to your home. You may plan on living in your home for a long, long time. In this case you want to make your foundation strong, and long lasting. But others are always keeping the resale value of their home in mind. A good foundation is the first thing many home buyers look at when they are shopping for a home. It is smart to trust that most savvy home buyers will know the signs of foundation failure and be looking for them. If they don't, when a home inspector does a home inspection, you can be sure that they will be looking for the signs of foundation problems. No matter what your reason for wanting to keep your home in good shape, it is smart to start with your foundation. It holds up the rest of your home's structure, so nothing else matters as much as your foundation. So take the questions out of foundation repair costs. As you can see, it isn't really easy to say WHAT the average foundation repair cost is. It really does depend on your home or business, the size of it, the problems that occurring, who you hire to do a structural inspection, and who you hire to perform your foundation repairs. Finding a structural engineer can be done by consulting the Foundation Engineers Network. We definitely recommend starting there first. Then use My Foundation Repairs to find a foundation specialist in your area. We have many resources you can use to get informed and find the right foundation contractor in your area. We only recommend providers that use the best foundation repair products for grouting, epoxy injections, piering and underpinning, and waterproofing. All the foundation repair specialist we recommend will be licensed to work in your area. So start today on finding out what you foundation repair costs will be. Knowledge is definitely power in this case. Protect the investment you have in your home today, from the foundation up. 



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