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How much does Foundation Repair Cost?

The cost of foundation repairs is incredibly diverse, because there are so many factors that play into those costs. One thing is for certain, foundation problems such as foundation settlement will become large structural problems if not repaired. The key to foundation costs is being well educated in the signs of foundation problems and the repairs that will occur for the type of foundation problem you are having.

What causes foundation problems?

  • Poor Soil Quality - expansive clay, poorly compacted soil, poorly maintained soil can all cause foundation settlement to occur.
  • Rapidly Changing Soil - Rapid freezing and thawing can cause major problems such as heaving of concrete above it.
  • Water Content in the Soil - Too much water will cause a build up of pressure around foundation walls and cause bowing and leaning of foundation walls. Not enough water can cause shrinkage of soils and a loss of support for foundation walls which can cause shifting and movement of the foundation.

The problems above will cause cracks to occur in walls, ceilings, floors, tiles, slabs, porches, stairs, garage columns, and the foundation itself. You might also notice doors and windows that are sticking, leaks in your basement, or a wet crawlspace. All of these problems are indicators that you might need help from a foundation specialist.

The Types of Foundation Repairs

So what can you expect when you call a foundation expert? So foundation repair companies offer free estimates and inspections. Sometimes a structural report might be needed, and your foundation repair company will recommend if you require this type of report. A structural engineer will perform the inspection and there may be a cost associated with this report.

Your foundation repair team will come up with a foundation repair solution tailored to your needs. Sometimes the repairs are low cost repairs including crack injection. Other repairs are more expensive, but they are so much less expensive than foundation failure. It may be recommended that you need a piering or underpinning solution. Piering and underpinning solutions include methods in which settling and sinking foundations are supported by piering supports that install under or around the foundation. Another method is sometimes called slabjacking or polyjacking. This process is when cement grout or resins are pumped into voids or beneath concrete to lift and level it.

Piering is in most cases, the most expensive foundation repair solution. It is however, also very long lasting and will add value to any structure where they are installed. They can be installed in both residential and commercial structures. Piering may require excavation or hydraulic equipment for installation. The good news about piering is that it is considered a permanent solution and will prevent further, more expensive foundation problems from occurring. Slabjacking or polyjacking are both considered very effective foundation stabilizing and leveling methods that are also long lasting, but in some cases need to be repeated if continued shifting or moving of the ground occur. The reason piering is more permanent is that piers are driven deep into load bearing soils for added support.

Average Repair Costs for Your Foundation

So what can you expect your costs to be? A lot of that depends on you as a home or business owner. If you notice the signs of foundation problems, you can make a big difference in the cost of those repairs. It may be mean the difference between hundreds of dollars and thousands of dollars. Foundation repairs help you protect the investment you have in your home or business. It is a great investment in the health and stability of the structure you own. My Foundation Repairs can help. We can help you find a licensed foundation repair contractor in your area that can provide you with an inspection and estimate to take the questions out of your foundation repair costs. So educate yourself on the types of common foundation problems that occur across our country using our website, and then use our foundation repair dealer locator to find the foundation repair expert that can help you locally.