Do I have foundation problems?
All foundations will settle with time, problems arise when this settlement is uneven or extreme. Here is what to look for.
Signs of foundation trouble:
- Uneven or cracked floors
- Cracked walls (inside or out)
- Doors or windows that won’t close properly
- Separation around doors, windows or garage
- Visible cracks in the foundation
- Displaced or cracked moldings
- Gaps between the walls and ceiling or floor
Who fixes foundation problems?
Whether your home has sunk just a few inches or nearly a foot, a foundation repair contactor can provide some form of underpinning as one of their services to repair your failed foundation. If you think that there is a problem with your foundation, call a professional foundation repair contractor for an assessment of your property. They will be able to assess any damage that has occurred and determine the best plan for your situation.
Which foundation repair method is best?
There are two common methods for lifting a sunken concrete foundation: piering and slabjacking. Piering fixes concrete foundations by placing supports underground that lift and support the concrete. While, slabjacking fills the space under the slab with a grout mixture that floats the foundation back to its original position. A professional will be able to asses which repair method is best suited for your foundation issues.
How much will foundation repair cost?
For major foundation repairs, especially those involving piers, it is likely that you will spend around $10,000. However, less extensive damage can be repaired for a much better price, even as low as $250. Remember that you are protecting your biggest investment, your home. Most insurance policies exclude foundation damage caused by natural soil expansion and contraction. However, many foundation repair companies will work with you to set up a payment plan or find financing.