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Foundation systems have other members besides the perimeter foundation wall. In your basement or crawl space, look for posts and concrete supports, or piers. Posts should stand straight and be firmly planted underneath the beams they support. Bottoms of posts should rest firmly on concrete piers.
You shouldn't find puddles or see framing that's wet. Check for rot by probing wood posts with a screwdriver or awl.
Puddles and other signs of moisture in a crawl space may indicate poor drainage around the perimeter foundation. Be sure that gutters aren't plugged, and that soil slopes away from the foundation at the rate of 6 inches for every 10 horizontal feet.
Where the concrete can't shrink evenly, it tends to crack. Concrete and block foundations usually have at least a few cracks.
Hairline cracks in the mortar between concrete blocks are rarely worth worrying about.
Cracks at an L-shape section, such as where a foundation steps down to follow a hillside, are probably shrinkage cracks, especially if they meander and taper down to a hairline. These aren't a structural issue, though you might need to plug them to keep the basement or crawl space dry.
Stair-step cracks in masonry joints are a bigger concern, especially if the wall is bulging or the crack is wider than 1/4 inch. A plugged gutter or other moisture problem outside is probably exerting pressure on that part of the wall.It may be that water-saturated soil froze and expanded, pushing in and breaking the foundation. The bad news: You probably need a whole new foundation.
Because it shoulders your home's weight, your home's foundation is the most important structure of the entire house. It also distributes the weight of the house along the walls of the foundation which, keeps the structural integrity of the home intact.
Maintaining the foundation is something that is easily overlooked because it is buried in the ground. Cracks can develop in sections of the basement that are hard to see.
A problem with the foundation will reduce the overall value of your home and detract from its appearance. You may think repairing a foundation is an expensive project that can only be done by professionals, but there are some things you can do. Follow these steps to fix your home foundation.
Determine Cause of Problem Consult a home inspector or a foundation expert to learn what is causing the foundation damage. These professionals will be able to locate the problem and suggest repair solutions. Although they generally charge for their services, you will benefit from having found out the cause of the problem.
Dig Around Foundation If you can see the crack from the outside your home, or notice that the foundation is sinking, then begin digging a hole at that point. If you have a full basement, you may call a contractor with a backhoe to excavate the area.
Insert Concrete Pilings Run a cable to the bottom of the hole and thread several concrete pilings down the cable. se at least 7 pilings. Once the pilings are in place, place a concrete cap over the top piling.
Lift Foundation Place hydraulic jacks over the concrete cap and slowly lift the foundation back into its original place. Insert concrete cylinders to take the place of the hydraulic jacks and allow the foundation settle on the cylinders.
Back Fill Leave the foundation exposed for a few weeks to make sure it stays at the correct level. Once the concrete is secure, and you are sure it is going to hold the foundation, back-fill the soil until it reaches the proper grade.
Fix Crack Fill the cracks on both sides with patch cement. Press the cement into the cracks until they are full. Smooth the area with a trowel.
As any responsible repair company will tell you, it's impossible to estimate the exact cost of foundation repair work because of the variety of factors involved in the evaluation process. We can't provide an exact estimate without evaluating your home, but the average cost to homeowners in Dallas-- where many homeowners experience foundation problems due to frequently shifting soil-- isn't usually as expensive as you might fear.
Home Advisor's cost guide reports that most homeowners in Dallas pay an average of roughly $5,300 on foundation repairs. Keeping in mind that this is an average, some repair work costs around $2,500, while other repairs in the Dallas area may hover around $10,000. In some severe cases, the cost may be double the average.
It bears repeating: a trustworthy repair company will never give you an estimate without first inspecting the property and evaluating the situation. Because there's such a wide variety of factors that go into the final estimate, that's.
You don't want to be caught off-guard by a final price that's nowhere near your initial estimate, so we recommend a thorough foundation inspection that covers the entire home-- that way, you'll get the most accurate estimate possible.
Depending on how the damage comes there are several instances when a homeowners insurance policy could cover your foundation repairs.
Or if your foundation damage is a byproduct of another covered risk-- such as a plumbing fire, backup, or explosion-- your homeowners policy could reimburse you for the repairs (up to your coverage limits).
Most homeowners policies don't cover flooding or earthquakes. You'll typically need separate flood insurance or earthquake insurance if your foundation damage is a result of either of these disasters.
Homeowners insurance typically doesn't cover general wear and tear. As time passes, foundations tend to shift ever so slightly, which can lead to cracks in your home's structure.
But like a home's slowly chipping paint job or fading hardwood floors, an aging foundation is something for the homeowner to address as part of the routine maintenance that goes along with buying property.
Consider consulting a qualified contractor or foundation specialist to help you take measures to avoid problems before they start.