How Much Does it Cost to Repair a Foundation?

By Abry Bros

Foundation settlement can lead to major structural problems within your home. There are ways to repair a concrete foundation without having to tear it out and start from scratch. Repairing a foundation can be a costly job, but the better educated you are about types of foundations and how best to repair your foundation, the better you can work with your contractor to find a solution you can afford.

With major foundation repairs involving hydraulic piers costing $10,000 or more, and minor cracks costing as low as $500, most homeowners will pay around $5,838 to repair foundation issues.

Here are a few things that can influence the cost of a foundation repair.

 

iStock_000010948377_LargeFoundation Problems

Foundations that have been built on expansive clay, compressible or improperly compacted fill soils, or have been poorly maintained can have serious damage as the foundation settles and moves. If you see signs of foundation problems, things like cracks in walls or doors that won’t close properly, it is important to talk to a professional right away. Damaged foundations that are not repaired quickly can lead not only to irreparable damage, but to structures that are unsafe. The longer you wait, the worse the damage can get and the more costly it is to repair.

The rule of thumb when you see any foundation issue: the longer you wait, the worse it gets. Even if you get the foundation itself repaired, there may be damage to the inside of your home due to waiting too long that will then also require expensive repair. Often In these cases, much of that extra repair cost could be avoided by acting more quickly
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Structural Reports

If you see that there are foundation issues, it is worth it to spend the money for a report from a structural engineer. A structural engineer has no vested interest in selling you a solution to your problem and so you will most likely get an unbiased opinion as t the best solution for fixing your problem. If you go straight to a repair professional they may want to sell you the solution that seems right for them, rather than right for you. It is better to come to a repair pro, with your structural report in hand and ask them the cost of doing that particular solution

Piering and Slabjacking

There are two common methods for lifting a sinking concrete foundation: piering and slabjacking. Piering places supports underground that lift and support the concrete. To use piering, the foundation repair professional will need to dig many feet into the ground to solidify the pier which is then placed under your foundation and raised with hydraulics to lift the foundation back into place and stabilize it for the future. This repair method requires the use of multiple piers placed at different points under the foundation.

Slabjacking is a process whereby a grout mixture is pumped into the space under the concrete foundation and floats the foundation back to its original position. A professional will be able to assess which repair method is best suited for your foundation issues.

Piering is in most cases a more expensive method for fixing a foundation as it requires excavation and hydraulic piers to be installed. However piering is almost always considered to be a permanent solution that will not be compromised by further settling of the house or shifting of the earth.
Slabjacking, although effective, could be rendered ineffective if there were any structural shifts to your home or the soil surrounding it.

iStock_64965207_MEDIUMHome Resale Value

One of the biggest worries when any foundation issue appears is if it will make your home difficult or impossible to resell. Granted you must disclose any work that you have had done on your foundation when it is listed for sale, but if you have had hydraulic piers installed in some cases that could be seen as an asset rather than a drawback. In areas known to have expansive clay or soil issues, having hydraulic piers installed can be seen as a solution to a problem that every homeowner in the area will encounter at one time while owning a home in that area.

Free Foundation Repair Estimate

You can have 1800Pilings.com in Houston, Texas come inspection your property and give you a free foundation repair estimate. Call today for your appointment at 1-800-745-4647.

 

abry-logoAbry Brothers Foundation Repair is the oldest and most experienced foundation repair and house leveling company in the country. We’ve been in business since 1840, that’s over 175 years of experience. Through six generations we have continued our dedication to excellence and have become the leader in our industry.  It would be our pleasure to continue that tradition by serving you and your family. Abry Bros. expert foundation specialists have a vast wealth of knowledge along with unmatched experience. Our ability to identify foundation problems in both residential and commercial properties has allowed us to save customers thousands of dollars in repairs, reduce home insurance premiums and give families peace of mind.  Contact Abry Bros Today To Schedule Your Appointment.

8 Comments

  • Foundations problems can be a very damaging to your home. I am a person that would put off doing repairs to my foundation. So, I like that you pointed out that foundation issues can be a sign of structural issues. Knowing that If I see any foundation issues I am going to have to get them repaired as soon as possible.

  • I agree that it’s worth spending money to pay a professional to look at a foundation issue. I’d probably call in a specialist even if I had a simple concern. It’s better than paying for any damage that it may cause later on.

  • It’s interesting that one of the biggest concerns people have when looking a foundation repair is the home resale value. Having the foundation repaired might scare some sellers and buyers as it would show there were problems. It makes sense, however, that in an area where it’s quite common to have foundation repair, it might not be a big deal.

  • Thanks for the foundation repair information. I can see why you would want to hire a structural engineer, if the foundation has problems. It’d be great to get an unbiased opinion for the best solution.

  • Very descriptive post, I enjoyed that bit. Will there be a part
    2?

  • Jenna Hunter says:

    I was weeding my garden yesterday and saw various cracks on the side of our house that seemed to be continuous to the foundation. It was frightening to read that any foundation issue appears is if it will make your home difficult or impossible to resell. I will be sure to make an appointment with a professional to come out and help us solve the problem!

  • It’s interesting to read about the various ways that you can fix a sinking foundation. It makes sense that you can either use a piering method or one such as slabjacking. I’ll have to call a professional to come to take a look at my house because I don’t know what sort of repair would be best, as well as how serious it actually is.

  • I really had no idea what foundation leveling was before I read this article. I admire those who have this skill set because I have no idea how to do this. I am definitely going to have to keep this in mind for the future!

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