Has your home been built on a stable foundation? You could take this figuratively – with love, happiness, and support – but you also need to interpret it literally. Just as relationships and your safe haven living environment of home need strong foundations to flourish, the physical structure of your house needs to have a solid foundation.
When the foundation of your house begins to crack and fail and is in severe disrepair, this puts your safety and your loved ones’ wellbeing at risk.
Have you taken a good look at your foundation recently? Whether or not you regularly go into your basement or inspect your slab, you still need to know what’s supporting the rest of your home. If you see cracks in the walls and think they could be moving, you need to act.
Signs of foundation failure can be scary, but we at Foundation Repair of Western Colorado are here to help you protect the health and safety of your most significant investment – your home. Our expert team has you and your home covered with reliable permanent foundation repair solutions and unforgettable customer service. We are proud to serve homeowners, as well as commercial property owners, in greater Grand Junction, Montrose, Delta, Aspen, Glenwood Springs, and throughout the western slope of Colorado.
Here, we’ll discuss common concerns we hear from homeowners about foundation issues and repair needs.
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Do you notice any of the following signs throughout your home? If so, you’ve got a problematic foundation on your hands.
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Your house could be experiencing these problems for many reasons – settlement sinking, foundation heave, and poorly compacted fill soil, just to name a few. But they all have something in common – the ground your home was built on. The soil under and around your house has a significant impact on the structure.
There are myriads of soil types throughout the country, and a wide variety in Colorado. But three basic ingredients make up soils and their textures – sand, silt, and clay, or even a combination of any or all of them. Sand drains water quickly, silt has intermediate drainage, and clay holds onto water. Soil composition across the United States can be seen on NASA Earth Observatory maps, and you can see that Colorado has a good mix of all three sand, silt, and clay soils.
As a homeowner or homebuyer, you should become familiar with what kind of soil you are dealing with. The Web Soil Survey from the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service is a great resource. Through this survey, you can search for your specific area or address to find exactly what kind of soil is around your home.
Here are some common ways soil affects your home’s structure:
You’ve seen some typical foundation problem warning signs and learned about how they happen. But you still might be wondering what’s in it for you with undertaking repair projects. The answer is a lot! There are so many ways you can benefit from fixing your foundation issues. Here are just a couple of advantages:
Now that you’ve learned more about foundation problems and why they need to be fixed, don’t you feel motivated to tackle these issues head-on? Wouldn’t it feel great to finally fix your foundation for good?
A lot of people consider whether they should repair the problems at hand or go all in and replace the whole foundation. In this faceoff of foundation repair vs. foundation replacement, repairing is the clear winner. Foundation replacement is quite invasive and time-consuming, and it won’t truly get to the root of the problems. But various repair methods will permanently solve the issues, so you won’t have to worry about them again.
Before you start planning, first think about who is going to be doing these repairs. True, fixing your foundation can get expensive and you’re probably thinking you could save a few dollars here and there by doing it yourself. However, as handy as you may be, foundation repair is a serious undertaking that is best suited for experienced repair professionals.
No doubt you’ve heard about people who had less than stellar experiences with contractors who didn’t fix the problems, made the issues worse, or failed to complete the job at all. But don’t let these tales completely influence your decision to hire a contractor.
We know it can feel intimidating trying to find the right contractor and trust them with your home. But the best thing you can do is be prepared and arm yourself with knowledge and research. Take the time to thoroughly do your homework and inquire about foundation repair companies. Learn as much as you can about a company and make sure your contractor of choice has the experience you need to get the job done. Ask for reviews and references and check third-party resources like the Better Business Bureau. Request contractor must-haves like licenses, certificates, insurance, warranties, and other pertinent documentation.
Undoubtedly, the cost of repair is one of, if not the, biggest concerns we hear from homeowners. And that’s natural. Money matters, and so does your home. You want to make sure it is being protected by the best, cost-effective solutions.
There is a lot to consider with these types of repairs including what kind of repair is needed, the area needing to be repaired, the extent of damage, labor, materials, etc. All these things differ from company to company, so be sure to have a thorough discussion with your contractor about pricing and payment.
Also, no two foundation problems are alike. Every house has its own unique problems and requires its own special solutions to fix them. So, what worked for friends and neighbors to fix their homes may not necessarily be what your house needs.
To give you an idea, average home improvement spending is around $7,500, and many homeowners pay between $4,000 and $10,000 for foundation repairs. Some average foundation repair product prices are $1,000-$3,000+ per foundation pier, $500-$1,300+ for leveling/slab jacking, and $2,000-$6,000 for sealing/subfloor drainage.
Check with your insurance carrier regarding concerns with repair needs and insurance coverage, as all policies are different. Some policies may cover losses from fires, but many exclude coverage for issues such as foundation cracks or settling. But coverage may kick in if the foundation has been damaged from other problems like broken plumbing, for example. (Source: SF Gate)
If you are concerned with working with a contractor, rest assured you will be in good hands with Foundation Repair of Western Colorado. When you choose to work with us, you are our No. 1 priority, and you become part of our family.
The first thing we’ll do is work with you to schedule a time for one of our certified field inspectors to visit your home for a free inspection and estimate. It’s important for the inspector to physically be in your home to look at exactly what is going on. He will complete a thorough assessment of your home and its foundation, including looking for signs of cracks and other symptoms and measuring for movement and settlement. That way, he can recommend customized solutions that will specifically address your home’s repair needs.
As the inspector lets you know exactly what steps need to be taken to permanently stabilize your foundation, he will prepare a written estimate detailing the work, products needed, and costs. He will take your budget into consideration as well as discuss financing options with you. Take your time to sit with this estimate and think it over, and don’t be afraid to reach back out to your inspector with any follow-up questions and concerns.
Once you decide to go ahead with the work and have signed a contract with your inspector, we’ll then schedule this work with one of our highly trained crews. The crew will take great care in installing proven solutions to restore value to your greatest investment. The job is not complete until you are completely satisfied with the work. So, if something comes up during the process or if the work isn’t living up to expectations, don’t be afraid to speak up. We also offer service and maintenance opportunities to ensure the systems we installed continue to operate at a high level to protect your home.
We use only warrantied foundation repair products that have proven to be effective for repairing issues like cracks, sinking, bowing walls, and more. We ensure the best solution for your home’s specific needs.
Manufactured right here in the United States, each foundation product is carefully designed and tested by a team of structural and geotechnical engineers. All our systems also come with a written warranty so that you know your problem was fixed right.
Our strong wall reinforcement and piering solutions are made with galvanized steel to prevent rust, corrosion, and damage, and stand up to the toughest forces to give you peace of mind.
Here is what we’ll use to protect your home and help restore its safety and value:
Additionally, we can use the PolyRenewal™ system to lift and level cracking, settling concrete slab floors in your home and garage.
You don’t have to live with stressful foundation problems. Take back your home and enhance its safety for the happiness and wellbeing of your family. If you have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance! We are eager to help you repair and protect your home by creating a safer and healthier living environment!