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Options for Foundation Repairs

clock July 11, 2013 02:40 by author
A professional foundation engineer can support and stabilize your home's foundation by using ECP foundation repair products.

Foundation Repair Options

We all need options and this is never more evident than when it comes to your home. Your concrete foundation provides critical support for your home and it is necessary that your foundation be kept in good repair at all times. Any type of damage to your foundation can cause many different problems, ranging from a leak in your basement to a problem with the stability of your home. You do not need any of these issues, so if you have an issue with your foundation, you should call in the professionals right away to give you some options for foundation repair. By working with a professional to solve your foundation issues, you can keep your home safe for your family and you can protect the long-term value of your home.

  

Options for Foundation Repair

 The best type of foundation repair is going to vary depending on a variety of different elements. Your location and the soils around your home has a large impact. Soils in Chicago for example and soils in Kansas City and soils in Virginia Beach each have unique profiles which have an impact on your foundation. The cause of the problem greatly impacts which method of repair is right for you. The extent of the problem also will play a role in what foundation repair method is best. Finally, your budget is going to have an impact in how your foundation is repaired as there are certain options that have a lower cost than other methods of repair.

  

The best way to choose the right foundation repair method is to have an experienced and qualified foundation repair expert come to your home, evaluate your situation and give you details on the different options available to you. A qualified foundation expert can help you weigh the pros and cons of each option, you can then make an informed choice and select the best foundation repair method that will provide a long-term and comprehensive solution to your issues.

  

Some of the different foundation repair options that you may wish to consider and that your foundation repair expert may tell you about include the following:

  

        Push Piers. Steel push piers provide support against settling or sinking basement walls. These highly engineered bracket systems are installed under your foundation and piers or piles are driven deeply into the soil to provide permanent support for your home.

         Carbon Fiber straps or strips. Carbon fiber uses straps to stop cracking or bowing of the foundation in your home. There is no need to do any outside excavating of your home when high quality carbon fiber is the chosen method of foundation repairs.

 

        Plate Anchors. This option involves the installation of steel reinforcement plates on the inside and outside of your basement wall, which then are attached to provide supplemental support for bowing or leaning basement walls. There is only minor excavation that needs to be done and can be completed very quickly.

 

        Crack injection. This is a very simple and straightforward solution when your foundation has cracked. A special polyurethane or epoxy can be used to fill the cracks in basement walls. Polyurethanes provide a flexible seal against water and epoxies are used as a structural repair to permanently seal basement wall or floor cracks.

  

These and other options should be discussed with your foundation repair expert so the right solution is found given the nature of your foundation issues.

Note: It is always recommended that you consult with a professional foundation engineer before beginning any structural foundation repair project.



How much does it cost to fix a settling foundation?

clock February 19, 2013 04:13 by author
By ignoring the early signs of foundation problems, the issues will get worse and the cost of foundation repairs will increase with time.
 
 
 

Cost of Foundation Repair

The cost of foundation repairs is the number one question that homeowners ask. The issue when answering – the answer can be as complex as the foundation repair. Foundations can be fixed more as a preventative measure than a reactionary one. If the foundation problem has been ignored, however, then costs quickly increase because other issues tend to show up, such as cracks in basement flooring or foundation walls.
Quantifying the cost of a foundation repair can be difficult due to all the variables that can affect each home or structure. Your cost for a foundation repair will depend on your homes particular situation. Factors that impact cost include how accessible the sunken portion of the foundation is, the cause of foundation failure and the method of repair.
If the cost of foundation repair seems high at first, keep two things in mind: It is a structural repair and your home is probably your largest investment. In the end, the cost will be worth it because your property will be safe, sound and marketable.

Factors to Consider for Foundation Repair

A few of the factors that foundation engineers and foundation repair contractor must consider are listed below.
Type of Foundation
The type of foundation can greatly affect the cost of foundation repairs. There are three main types of foundations. These include monolithic slab, pier and beam, and t-shaped foundations (spread footing and wall). Each of these foundation types, due to differences in design, requires different materials or different amounts of similar materials. For instance, pier and beam foundations require insulation, unlike the other types. Because different materials or amounts of materials are used from one foundation to another, the repair cost may not be the same from house to house, even if damage is similar and square footage is approximately the same.
The Stability of the Soil
In Kansas City, homes situated atop a great amount of unstable soil tend to need more interior piers to counteract the shrink-swell characteristics of soils. Each house sits on a unique mixture of soils and some soils have greater shrink-swell potential than others. Another factor that contributes to the stability of the soil is proper drainage. Improper drainage can cause erosion underneath a structure which will adversely affect the foundation, and cause it to sink. More interior piers will be needed to counteract the erosion.
House Size
The size of the house can lower or raise foundation repair costs, because the larger the house, the more materials must be purchased for the repair. Larger houses also can be more expensive to repair because they involve more weight and structure complexity.
The Amount of Foundation Settlement
Settlement refers to the extent that a structure is unlevel. If the home is experiencing severe signs of foundation problems, such as bowed walls, large cracks in the ceiling or walls, or doors that will not open or close properly in a majority of the house, it is feasible that the foundation will need to be stabilized with interior piers to a greater extent than houses with a lesser deviation. The more stabilization a house needs, the more the repairs will cost.
On average, repairing a failing foundation of a house costs between $5,000 and $10,000. This assumes that there won’t be any additional problems to fix while repairing the foundation, such as replacing plumbing. Although the average is around $8,000, simple jobs can get as low as just over $2,000, while complex jobs might push close to $20,000.
In addition to the complexity and scope of the problem, other variables that can add to the cost of repairs include:
 •Hiring a structural engineer to assess the damage (typically $300 to $1,500).
 •Getting a soils report prepared by a geotechnical engineer, if needed (about $500 to $3,000).
 •Obtaining a local building permit, if required ($75 to $150).
 •Dealing with hidden obstacles in the ground, such as old repair methods, extra-deep footings, or tree roots (may add an average of $1,000 to $2,500 to the overall cost).
One of the biggest aspects of foundation repair cost is who does the repair. Professional foundation repair contractors are more likely to do the job quickly and efficiently and to do better quality work. Newer companies, in contrast, may “sell” customers with low prices but end up costing more in the long run because their inexperience may translate to more hours on the job. For this reason, it may be worth it to hire the company that offers an initially higher bid for the repair.
 Although the total cost of foundation repair can be substantial, your home is often your biggest investment and these repairs (properly done by a reputable foundation repair contractor) can be essential to protecting your equity and keeping your home safe, sound and marketable.
 
 


Most Popular Foundation Repair Products

clock January 7, 2012 20:50 by author blogadmin
A foundation repair contractor can determine the cause of foundation failure and provide foundation products to repair wall cracks.

Foundation Repair Causes

What causes foundation failure? There are many reasons why your foundation may be failing. Hot and dry weather conditions could cause soil to pull away from your foundation. This results to moisture imbalance causing cracks in the interior and exterior of the home. Your landscaping could also cause foundation failure. Trees and shrubs planted too close to the foundation causing transpiration. During transpiration, tree roots dehydrate the soil underneath the home leading to soil shrinkage and settlement of your home. Make sure all leaking pipes are repaired. Leaky plumbing can lead to foundation problems. As a homeowner, make sure you have the best waterproofing solution. Having proper drainage, can eliminate moisture build up that causes soil to expand. Clean all of your gutters and make sure you have the downspouts to redirect the flow of water away from your foundation. Poor building site preparation and ground preparation are also key factors leading to foundation issues. Knowing the causes of foundation failure will save every homeowner time and money in the long run. Repair these issues as soon as possible before it is too late.

Foundation Failure Signs

There are crucial signs to look out for when identifying foundation failure. These signs can be in the interior and exterior of your home as well as the garage. Walk around the perimeter of your home and look for cracks in the bricks, gaps around the window frames, a leaning chimney, concrete cracks, and garage column cracks. Look inside of your home for cracks in the drywall, sticking windows, concrete cracks, misaligned doors/windows, and sloped floors. Check your basement for cracked floors, water stains on floors and walls, and bowed walls. Don't forget to check your crawl space. It can be an area that many homeowners overlook. Inpsect this area for tilting or leaning walls, bowing walls, insect infestation, and cracks in the foundation. There may also be a musty odor due to high moisture and mildew.  Without foundation repairs, these conditons can get worse costing you time and money in the long run. Don't  jeopordize your family's health by exposing them to dangerous mold.

Foundation Repair Methods

When homeowners notice cracks in the foundation along with doors and windows sticking many realize that they know nothing about these structural defects nor do they even know what their options are. Just knowing your options can lead many people to a solution that fits their home, situation and budget. Knowledge is power when it comes to the structural foundation repairs.

The chart below provides which foundation repair underpinning and wall support products are used across the country. This data is a cross section of information gathered over the past decade.

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Contact your local foundation repair contractor or professional foundation engineer to find the best solution for your foundation problems. Your foundation repair contractor will inspect the situation and repair it.



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