Foundation Repair Cost

So how much is it going to be, what is the cost of foundation repair? The straight answer: it depends.

Foundation repair costs vary because each situation is different.  It depends on how many piers are needed to underpin the foundation.  You may need piers all around the house or maybe just in front.  One of the worst cases is when you have a foundation that slumps in the middle.  The repair company has two choices.  Either tear up floors or go in underneath with tunnels.

The foundation repair cost can also vary by types of piers needed.  Steel, bell-bottom (or drilled) and concrete  pilings are the most common types. Helical steel piers are sometimes needed on hillsides.  There are just too many variables to be able to just throw out a figure for the foundation repair cost.

Here’s what I do know.  I live in North Central Texas and two of my neighbors have had foundation repair.  Their foundation repair costs were both about $7,000.  I was nosy enough to ask.

Granite Foundation Repair in Dallas-Ft. Worth has this on their website:

A recent report cited the average Dallas Fort Worth concrete foundation repair cost in the range of $5000-$7000.

Down around Austin-San Antonio, CenTex Foundation repair puts the average cost at $5646.

Over in Louisiana, Jericho Foundation Repair has this answer to foundation repair costs on their website:

How much does the average repair cost?

We have been able to establish a consistent cost for an average foundation repair. Slab foundation, the average cost is approximately $3,000. .
We have completed repairs for as little as $250 and as much as $30,000 on a single home. The price varies with each home.

You can see that there are a lot of variables at play when determining what the foundation repair cost is going to be.  Remember, I’m just a homeowner and not in the foundation repair business in any way.  But my advice still stands.  Get your foundation  inspection done by an independent professional structural engineer with foundation experience who has no financial ties to any repair company. Then get at least three bids from repair companies if the engineer thinks repairs are needed. From there, make your choice. It’s probably the best you can do.  That is all.

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9 Responses to Foundation Repair Cost

  1. Austin says:

    Excellent advice. Always get a structural engineer’s analysis/recommendations before having any foundation repair work done. Every house is different, every foundation has different problems. Some jobs will cost $20K + others as little as $1K. To determine the extent of damage a company will have to take a look.

  2. Joseph B. says:

    Very good article. I was curious to see how much a cracked foundation would cost. I went with AquaGuard in Pittsburgh and the cost was very close to what was recommended.

  3. Paul Rushing says:

    I have been in the foundation repair business since 1963 Back when there were only 5 (companys)of us total. Now the yellow pages are 3 inches thick with all of them that have been in business forever. So they say. I have seen the foundation business change drastactley since they came out with the pressed or pushed piles and they have the b-lls to call them piers. The trouble is that the average home owner knows if he has hot water, roof leaks, ac works but when he has or thinks he has foundation problems he is in the dark very dark and has no one to depend on except s foundation repair company. Believe me they want your money. Don’t fall for the dog and pony show where they set a monometer or compu level and run elevations all over your slab and they show you how much your slab is out of level. You must remember the slab was never poured level to begin with not even close. You have to rely on your framing elements to determine if the slab has went into deflection or is actually serving the purpose as intended. My company has probably installed over 50,000 bellbottom piers and have never had a call back only to stop in and ask hows your foundation doing since we fixed it last year. I would never use a pushed piling and depend it to support my homes foundation. What happens to the friction on the pressed piers when a slow soaking rain comes yep the lose friction and drop.

  4. Jason says:

    Really depends on how big the house is and how deep the limestone is or a firm refusal of the ground. If they are planning to put piers down the piers need to sit on some kind of firm soil.

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  8. Mitchell Harritt says:

    What is the average cost for a structural engineer on a single story house?

  9. Digger says:

    In North Texas, about $400.

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