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Foundation Repair & Techniques Blog
If you suspect your home’s foundation may need repairs, a visual foundation inspection can detect obvious red flags. But you don’t want to pay for an inspection if you don’t have to. And you don’t want to leave the problem unresolved if there truly is foundation damage.
This article outlines a few simple tips on how to inspect your foundation for damage. You can run through this visual checklist on your own – and determine whether or not it’s time to get a foundation repair estimate.
When comparing foundation repair companies, the foundation warranty is worth it’s important to remember that not all foundation warranties are created equally. Even in the same state, differences in coverage can vary dramatically.
Below are some of the most important questions you should ask prior to hiring a foundation repair service. Be sure to read the fine print of any contracts so you understand your rights.
When buying a new house, a home inspection is standard practice. During these evaluations, the home inspector is usually able to identify potential foundation problems. For home buyers, a foundation inspection report by a structural engineer provides valuable information about the investment.
Choosing a foundation repair contractor isn’t easy. North Carolina’s consumer protection agencies receive plenty of complaints about shady contractors. So how do you find a reputable, reliable foundation repair contractor who can complete the job on time and under budget?
This article explores 7 of the most important questions you should ask before hiring a contractor to repair your home’s foundation.
Do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement projects are a great weekend hobby. If you want a new porch or guest bathroom, there are even prepackaged kits at the hardware store to get you started. But DIY foundation repairs are a different story.
The home is the single greatest asset for most Americans. And not surprisingly, a lot of planning and forethought goes into the construction process – especially when it comes to your home’s foundation:
- Builders in Florida take into account the state’s notorious hurricane season
- California builders factor in earthquakes
- Home builders in Kansas build foundations with tornadoes in mind
From hurricanes to earthquakes to subsidence, there are a thousand different problems that can harm your home’s foundation. But one of the most damaging is improper water drainage.
When there is too much water surrounding your foundation, the soil swells. Not enough, and the soil shrinks. If the expansions and contractions aren’t uniform, this can lead to cracks, shifts, and other types of foundation problems.
When it comes to home repairs, foundation fixes are among the most important. Choosing a qualified, trustworthy foundation contractor is critical. But how do you find a good one? Foundation contractor reviews from other homeowners are a good place to start. Below is a quick cheat sheet for what to look for and what to avoid when hiring foundation contractors.
When you purchase homeowners insurance, it’s only natural to believe that your policy covers the entire house – from the foundation to the roof. But in fact, a surprising number of North Carolina and South Carolina insurance policies don’t cover the entire home – including the foundation.
Landslides don’t typically receive as much coverage as other natural disasters. But in terms of fatalities and property damage, the devastating effects can be just as bad:
- Annual property damage from landslides is estimated to be between $2 billion and $4 billion
- When adjusted for inflation, the cleanup efforts following a 1984 landslide in Thistle, Utah cost nearly $400 million (in 2010 dollars)
- As many as 50 people are killed annually – with many more suffering from serious injuries