How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Foundation?Aug 26, 2016
As As foundation repair experts in South Carolina, CNT Foundations, we are often asked, “How much will it be to repair my foundation?” Costs vary from job to job, but we consistently notice that the answer could be “less” had something been done earlier. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to spot a problem with your foundation. We’re hoping that this post will help you to identify foundation problems early and avoid unnecessary repair costs.
How Can I Identify Foundation Problems Before They Become Too Costly?
When you hear the words “Structural Damage”, the first image that probably comes to mind is a gaping crack running down the side of a house. In truth, foundation damage may not be easy to discover at first. There are quite a few ways that damage can occur to a home’s foundation, and as a result, the rest of the structure too. It is fortunate, however, that many of the signs of foundation damage are easy to spot. A close estimate of the outside of your home will reveal many of these problems should they be present, and early detection of these small problems will certainly make repairs less extensive and more importantly, less expensive.
- Foundation Wall Cracks – A shifting foundation that leads to cracks in floors, walls, or ceilings is obviously of great concern to any homeowner. These cracks can range from hairline to gaping, allowing the entry of water and insects through your exterior walls. The more severe the crack becomes, the more likely it is to require immediate attention from a licensed and bonded foundation repair company. Generally, we use helical piers to repair this type of damage, as it is the least invasive and least expensive option for repairing damage of this type.
- Settlement Sinking – Sometimes the soil foundation that a house is built upon is made up of many different layers of soil. If the weight bearing capabilities of these layers differ, settlement may shift or sink. Be on the lookout for cracks in interior and exterior walls, as well as doors and windows that won’t open or close properly or resist more than usual. Water damage can also cause settlement movement which may in turn cause foundation shifting. Again, helical piers are usually implemented to transfer the weight of the foundation and home to the deeper, more stable layers of soil.
- Leaning Wall– Leaning occurs when more pressure is applied to the wall than it can stand and it begins to lose its structural integrity. Countering the lean by applying pressure in the opposite direction is the key to righting the structure. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to spot a leaning wall at first, but you may notice pictures or cupboards aren’t flush with the wall.
- Bowing or Leaning Chimney – Chimney damage may range from a small crack to a total bow. Helical piers are usually the solution to a chimney that has bowed too far. Less invasive solutions may be available if the problem isn’t too far progressed.
How Can You Avoid Unnecessary Repair Costs?
If you suspect or know of a problem with the foundation of your home, the next step is to call a trustworthy foundation repair company. Although the answer to “How much?” is usually “It depends”, CNT Foundations offers free estimates for any of the above issues and more. The cost of any given project is affected by the time required, the material costs, and the severity of the damage. Just remember, the earlier the better, and if you need a foundation repair expert in South Carolina, we’re the team for the job.