4 Steps to an “Economical Foundation Repair”

In the trying times of a recession, one doesn’t like to spend money on non-essential items.  Having your foundation repaired is an essential item, buying a new 50” flat screen TV is a non-essential item.  Foundation problems do not fix themselves.  The signs of foundation problems might leave as the season change, but will return with greater possibilities of more damage.   Therefore, how can a homeowner receive an “Economical Foundation Repair”?  This can be accomplished by following four easy steps:  Hire a Professional  Engineer, Follow Recommendations of the Professional Engineer, Hire a Professional Contractor, Proper drainage.

Hire a Professional Engineer:

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Why do you need a professional engineer?  You want a professional engineer to look at and assess your foundation problems. This inspection will explain why the problem has happened and how to fix the issue.  Therefore, when it is time to solicit bids for your project, all contractors need to bid what is required by the professional engineer.   How do you find a professional engineer?  Search www.foundationengineersnetwork.com or your Yellow Pages book for the heading Engineers, from there look under subheadings for Structural.

Follow Recommendations of the Professional Engineer:

Engineers are not doing work for the sake of doing work.  They have been trained in school as well as in the field of what is right or what is wrong.  The recommendations should be carried out, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t question the reason why.  A good professional engineer will explain the reasons for the recommendations.   He or she is only looking out for the safety of you the customer and your home.

Hire a Professional Contractor:

When hiring a professional contractor ask your professional engineer for referrals to call.  Get a couple of quotes on the exact work the engineer has requested to be done. Make sure your contractor is licensed and insured with referrals of similar work.  Review and have the contractor explain all work he is quoting.

Proper Drainage:

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After all of the work is completed, make sure you have the correct drainage completed.  This might involve new gutters, downspouts, French drains, or foot drain and sump pumps.  The major contributing factor to foundation problems is water.  Make sure you get water away from your foundation as quickly as it appears.  If you take the steps in proper drainage you could save money down the road from having to get other parts of your foundation repaired.

In conclusion, as a homeowner, to get an economical foundation repair, one must get a professional engineer involved.  This will save you time and money in the long run by fixing your foundation correctly the first time.  The contractor you have chosen should complete the work required by the engineer.  Then it is your obligation as a homeowner to make sure your house has the correct drainage.

If you have questions on the correct drainage, be sure to ask your structural engineer. If one follows the 4 steps mentioned above, your success rate of economical foundation repair can be achieved as well as preventing future foundation problems elsewhere in your home.   After your home has been repaired in the most economical fashion, you then can go out and purchase a new flat screen TV to enjoy in your structurally sound home.

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