If your foundation walls have cracked or tilted or the floors have become uneven or the doors and windows are not fitting properly, then they can be ominous signs for foundation issues. Most of the foundation issues result in structural damage. If a foundation has structural damage, it is sure that the problem will not go away and worsen over time. Getting it repaired in the right nick of time can save you a lot of money on costly repairs. If you find any sign of damage to your home’s foundation, it’s time to call a concrete foundation contractor to repair the damage and protect your house from crumbling down.
The cost of repairing a house foundation depends on the extent of damage, the underpinning method, the quality of materials used and the number of piers used for supporting the house. The severity and type of damage has to be properly diagnosed in order to arrive at the right estimate. Concrete foundation contractors in Manhattan conduct a thorough inspection of the structure to verify the damage and understand the cause of the foundation damage. Foundation issues generally occur due to the soil shifting underneath the structure, causing it to become uneven. There are three levels of foundation damage-cosmetic, structural and functional. Let’s know them in detail.
- Cosmetic damage: Cosmetic damages occur in the exterior brick walls and the interior walls and ceilings. These cracks spread rapidly and can be a cause for worry. Such damages must be quickly ironed out by hiring a concrete foundation contractor.
- Functional damage: The signs of functional damage to a foundation include doors which don’t latch or windows which don’t open or close properly. Huge gaps in the brick and mortar lead to expansion and contraction in the interior of the foundation walls which ultimately result in distortion of the framework. The foundation is repaired by pier method or underpinning method.
- Structural damage: Structural damages are the worst among the three foundation damages. These damages include huge breaks in foundation walls, sheet rock and interior walls and ceilings. Repair is done by concrete foundation contractors using the ‘pier’ method.
The cost of repairing a foundation is directly proportional to the number of piers required to level the foundation. The contractor will determine how many piers are required to repair the foundation and multiplies the number with the cost per pier. Additional charges include engineer reports, plumbing tests and concrete breakouts. The cost of repairing a foundation also depends on the amount of time required to complete the repair, the number of workers required and the condition of the soil around the foundation. The repair services come with a warranty and a follow-up inspection of the repair to ensure the damage has not relapsed.