What Can I Expect Before Foundation Repair?
- Foundation problems – Of course, there are some issues you might spot before your foundation is repaired, and that’s why you called in an expert. Common foundation problems include sticking windows/doors, drywall cracks, foundation cracks, bowing basement walls, sagging floors, and more. Read more: The Most Common Signs Of Foundation Problems.
- Prep work – Before foundation repair professionals start working on your home, you might want to relocate plants, containers, patio furniture, and anything else outside your foundation. If work is being done inside your basement, you might need to remove drywall or paneling from your walls to make way for repairs. The more experts can see, the better.
What Can I Expect After Foundation Repair?
- Small cracks may form – As your walls and joists adjust back to their original positions, new cracks may form inside your home. These small cracks are perfectly normal, though. That’s why experts only lift your home back to the Maximum Practical Level (this is the ultimate amount of lift achievable before the repairs cause damage to your home).To repair these small cracks, just apply some caulk or putty.
- You might need to repair any mortar – If foundation settlement caused your brick fascia to crack or separate, you might need to replace the weakened or cracked mortar once the repairs are over.
- What experts take care of – Experts will gain access to your foundation by digging where the repairs are needed. After the repairs are completed, they’ll tamp the dirt back down, rough grade, and replace any grass they can. Other things include repairing foundation cracks, installing a drainage system, diverting downspouts, and making sure the work passes inspections.
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Is Repairing A Foundation Worth It?
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How Much Does Foundation Repair Cost?
Note: When it comes to underpinning, make sure the company you hire doesn’t have a “depth clause.” A depth clause in your contract states the piers will only go to a certain level. Once they go past that level, the company will begin to charge you extra per foot. This could double the overall price of your project.