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Busting Foundation Repair Myths: How To Budget For Repairs

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Maintaining your foundation can be a challenge, especially if you’re not sure what all can go wrong with it. If you’re looking to establish a repair budget, then, what kind of problems should you anticipate?

Which Foundation Cracks Should You Look Out For?

Foundation cracks are among the most common damage you’ll have to deal with, should your structural supports start to fail you. These cracks can form for a number of reasons, but most of them boil down to environmental stress. Luckily, the contractors operating out of Cincinnati, OH, will be able to propose a number of potential solutions to help you deal with this damage. That said, there are several different types of cracks that can appear in your foundation. These cracks all indicate different things about the health of your foundation. With that in mind, which cracks do you need to look out for? The most common include:

  • Vertical cracks: Sometimes, the structures that are meant to support your home can actually cause your foundation to crack. Vertical cracks may start to appear in your foundation if the contractors who built your home used green wood or other inappropriate materials for your supports.
  • Horizontal cracks: Horizontal cracks form in your foundation as a result of hydrostatic pressure in the soil around your home. To cope with that kind of pressure, your foundation material will rapidly expand and contract, eventually cracking as a result. Foundations made out of concrete and brick see horizontal cracks more frequently than any other type of foundation.
  • Diagonal cracks: Hydrostatic pressure can also drive your foundation to crack on the diagonal. However, diagonal cracks differ from horizontal cracks in that they are typically larger on one side than the other. This is because your home is settling unevenly, leaving one side more exposed to longer-term pressure than the other.
  • Stair-step cracks: If you have a foundation made out of brick or concrete block, you’re likely to see stair-step cracks if your home is exposed to extensive hydrostatic pressure. The good news is that these cracks are often easy to identify, and a professional contractor will be able to advise you as to potential and fast-acting solutions.

Various solutions can be proposed to repair and protect your foundation walls including wall anchors, adjustable beams, and carbon fiber supports. The cost of foundation wall repair and reinforcement will vary, but on average, potential repairs can cost you between $350 and $850 per wall support piece.

When Does A Crack Become A Leak?

If you’re not able to catch a crack before it worsens, it can easily become a leak. A crack that’s letting water into your home can be more expensive to deal with than a crack on its own. However, most contractors will be able to provide you with the additional waterproofing measures you need to protect your home.

Some of the most basic services contractors can offer you, in light of a leak, include:

  • Draining your window wells
  • Installing interior drainage
  • Installing a sump pump

As was the case with the costs of crack repair, the cost of these repairs will vary based on the size and age of your home as well as the severity of your leak. To give you an idea, installing 50 feet of interior drainage costs around $80-$100 per linear foot, and a sump pump system could range from $1,600 to $3,000 depending on the model.

What To Do If Your Foundation Starts To Sink

It is possible, too, that your foundation may not crack but instead start to sink or slip. If you notice your home sinking into the ground, you’re going to want to reach out for professional guidance as quickly as you can. Most contractors will recommend a piering solution ASAP. Different piers are available to stabilize and help lift settling foundations including push piers, helical piers, and slab piers.

Your piering project costs will vary depending on which kind of foundation you have and the severity of the settlement damage. In general, expect to spend $1,500 to $2,500 or more per pier.

However, if any appliances in your home have contributed to the sinkage, or if your original construction team didn’t manage the grading of your home, you may be able to file an insurance claim to mitigate your costs. Also, don’t hesitate to ask about payment and financing options with your repair contractor.

Exploring Your Foundation Repair Options

As you’ve likely gathered, the cost of foundation repairs can and will vary. Your home’s individual features may raise or lower your costs, depending on what kind of foundation problem you’re dealing with.

If you’re concerned about the cost, though, you may find yourself reluctant to reach out to Cincinnati contractors. After all, in the age of DIY, wouldn’t it be easier to improvise a solution?

In general, the answer to that question is no. If you DIY a foundation repair solution, you risk making the damage to your home worse. As a result, the repair project could take longer and cost more because the contractor will have to remove any DIY solutions before implementing their own.

So are you ready for your home inspection? Cincinnati’s professional foundation repair contractors will be able to look over your home and provide you with a free estimate on potential services before implementing any repairs.

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