A quality foundation repair estimate is one that is based on a thorough review of the property and includes an explanation of the history and the cause of the problem. The foundation repair professional should also carefully examine the current state of the problem and take accurate measurements of the damage. Heavy-duty materials should be used liberally along the foundation, and nails should be replaced with screws or bolts. It is important to thoroughly understand the repair costs and how the repairs will affect the exterior landscaping of the property.
There are two main reasons why you might need to have your foundation repaired: shifting soil and unsteady ground. In either case, the foundation is compromising its integrity. Stratum recommends a foundation repair estimate every year, but in some areas of the metroplex, foundation problems may be a regular occurrence. The company can explain to you the specific process for residential foundation repairs. For example, if you live in a wetter area, you may require foundation repairs more frequently.
When requesting a foundation repair estimate, ask the contractor to provide references. While a foundation repair professional may try to sell you a cheap fix, the more experience they have, the more likely they will be to repair your home properly. Always bring a copy of your structural report when requesting an estimate. Ask to speak with those references, and find out if they were happy with the work and the price. Make sure you choose a company that is experienced in repairing similar issues and if you can negotiate the cost with the contractor.
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While foundation repair costs can be subject to a foundation repair quote, there are some warning signs that could point out the seriousness of the foundation problem.
1. Cracks greater than 1/4 inch in your foundation could indicate a serious problem. Horizontal cracks are more serious than vertical ones because they indicate excessive pressure on the foundation.
2. A house may have shifted if doors do not close properly, gaps or cracks in the window frames, or between counters and cabinets. The extent of foundation problems can be determined by the width of these spaces. The foundation problem can be identified by floors that are uneven, sag, bent, or curved when walked on. Advanced foundation repair is required for foundations that are sinking or that don’t drain water away.