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How long does the inspection take?
One of the most important aspects in repairing your home's foundation is making sure a proper evaluation of the problem is completed. Please allow from 30 minutes up to 1 hour. However, if you have extensive foundation issues, please allow for up to 2 hours.
How does the inspection process work?
Finding a permanent solution that addresses the actual cause of your foundation problem is the best way for you to enjoy peace of mind. Our certified foundation repair expert analysts are trained to complete a thorough evaluation of your home and foundation and will answer any questions that you may have, make recommendations and provide a competitive estimate at no charge to you.
What is pier and beam?
A pier & beam foundation is one that is raised off of the ground using beams, joists, understructure supports and often a grade beam with a crawl space. This type of foundation is constructed of wooden beams supported by wooden joists and concrete pad and blocks.
What is the difference between pier and beam and slab foundations?
There are basically two types of foundations: slab or pier and beam. If your house needs foundation repairs, pier and beams are actually harder and generally more expensive to repair in most cases. The perimeter will be treated just like a slab if it has a perimeter grade beam. Then the crew must crawl usually on their belly's under the house to reset and reshim or level the home. This is time consuming, messy, and very tough labor. Imagine dragging a 20lb jack, a 50lb block of concrete, and flashlights in a 18 inch crawl space while on your belly and in some cases through mud. This is why most companies will not work on pier and beam or charge an unfair price for the repair. Slab foundation is the most common repair today but in most cases is the easier of the two. This repair involves installing piers. A pier is nothing more than a platform to a more stable environment. While there are several different names and types of piers the general public needs to realize that all piers are mostly the same with very minor differences.
What is a concrete pier?
Pressed concrete pilings are pre-cast cylinders of concrete, approximately 1-foot long and 12 inches in diameter. These concrete cylinders are hydraulically pressed against the bottom of the foundation.
This drives the cylinder into the ground against the weight of the house. A concrete cap is then added. Bottle jacks are used to lift the house as close as possible to its original position, additional cylinders and metal shims fill the space between the piling's cap and the foundation. The holes are then backfilled.
What to expect when the foundation is repaired?
Additional cracks may appear in the sheetrock inside. Please wait approximately 2-4 weeks before any repair work or construction work is performed.
Usually, the cracks in the bricks will decrease or come together to some extent. They will not come together completely. We can repair mortar cracks if needed.
Most of the time, window frames and caulking that were separated, will come back together. Generally, it is good to wait a few days before recaulking.
When deflection happens on a foundation, the garage frame will split on both sides and the caulking will come apart. Under most circumstances, the frame will come back together (not all the way) and you should generally wait a few days before caulking.
Frieze boards that have been separated at the 45-degree miter joint will never reset or come back. This will need to be repaired after a few weeks.