Foundation Wall Replacement – What to Expect
Foundation Wall Replacement
Addressing concerns with your foundation can be stressful and overwhelming. The thought of totally replacing the foundation of your home may seem completely overwhelming and downright scary. However, we would like to reassure you that such a repair may not be as daunting as it seems. In this blog, we will discuss foundation wall replacement and go over some factors to take into consideration.
Is Your Wall Severely Cracked/Bowed?
Many types of foundation cracks or a bowed basement wall can be fixed with methods such as carbon fiber/kevlar mesh straps or structural piering. But if the wall is too severely damaged, it may make more sense to replace it. What are some signs that a wall replacement is necessary?
- The second row of block from the bottom is sliding off the bottom row.
- The mortar is rotting and/or crumbling.
- The foundation blocks are separating one from another or pulling away from each other
Do these things mean always mean that the wall needs replaced? Not necessarily. There are many things to take into consideration. Your best bet is to have the foundation inspected by a qualified basement specialist.
What About Cost?
The internet would have you believe that you will be further ahead taking a wrecking ball to your house and starting all over somewhere new. There are various articles online that state that replacing a foundation is not a cost effective option. But foundation wall replacement may be more affordable than you think. In fact, depending on the problem and work needed, sometimes the cost of repairing a basement wall is comparable with the cost of simply replacing it. Sometimes only a section needs replaced, not the entire thing. It is beneficial to explore your options as to foundation wall replacement and/or foundation repair.
How Does it Work?
First, we completely stabilize your house. Second, we dig around the foundation from the outside and remove all dirt from the side of the basement. This relieves all the pressure from the foundation. This keeps your house from moving and acts as a “temporary foundation.” Once everything is totally stable, we begin removing the bad sections of the foundation. Next, we lay the block for your new foundation. We examine every detail to ensure that your new foundation is complete and ready to hold the weight of your home. A foundation replacement comes with a 20 year limited warranty. Additionally, you normally do not need to vacate your home while the work is being done. We try to make the inconvenience as minimal as possible.
If your foundation is cracked or bowed, putting off getting it fixed will only make the problem worse. Foundations that need replaced could have been salvaged if the problem was caught early enough. Make sure you address your foundation problem as soon as possible. Doing so may save you from a future foundation wall replacement. Whether your foundation is in need of some minor repair or a full foundation wall replacement, contact us for a free* inspection. We have been in business since 1979 with the good reputation to back it up!
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