foundation repair

Selling a House That Needs Foundation Repair

Here’s another article regarding concrete foundation repair and real estate issues. Thanks to Damion Rutherford of e-foundation repair.

Foundation cracks and settlement problems are viewed as serious defect to a home. Most homeowners realize this and simply will not purchase a home unless proper repairs are made.

In addition, many lending venues (FHA,VA,Conventional) simply will not lend on a home with these defects. (more…)

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Foundation Repair With Custom Made Steel Piers

The foundation repair radio commercial blared out of the speakers in the kitchen this morning ignoring the fact that I just wanted to know how hot it was going to be today.

Yesterday it was so hot I was afraid of standing still in the sun lest I spontaneously burst into flame. That’s hard on the clothes and I was wearing one of my better T-shirts.

The sales pitch for this particular concrete foundation repair company being delivered with enthusiasm by a local announcer included a line similar to this: (more…)

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Steel Piers vs. Concrete For Foundation Repair

The other day I was reading what I could find on steel piers vs. concrete piers for foundation repair and ran across the term “skin friction.” With my heart beating a little faster, I read on.

It turns out that “skin friction” is an engineering term that describes the drag soil has on a pier or piling as foundation repair companies shove it through the ground on its merry way toward bedrock or a hard stable layer of earth.

Pre-cast concrete pilings, due to their diameters, have a lot of “skin friction.” Because steel piers are much thinner they have less drag on the surrounding soil and can be driven a whole lot deeper. The issue is moot regarding poured or drilled piers because you are going to drill a shaft anyway. (more…)

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Foundation Repair and Selling the House

There is a woman two doors down from me who wants to sell her house and also needs foundation repair. I’ve not been inside her house but all the signs are there on the outside.

She’s got the tell-tale zig-zag cracks in the brick and a widening crack by the garage door. Word is that she wants to sell the house without getting the concrete slab foundation fixed first.

Across the alley behind me is Bobby who is in the same boat. A painter by trade, Bobby needs to sell the house because he has an ex-wife with lawyers. (more…)

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Foundation Repair, How Much Does it Cost?

dollar sign representing cost of foundation repairCalling up foundation repair companies and asking how much it would cost is like lurching your smoking car into the mechanic’s parking lot and asking him how may dollars it will take to fix it without even popping the hood.

Both are going to say “it depends on what’s wrong.”

A major factor in foundation repair cost will generally depend on how many piers will be needed, of what type, and how deep they will need to go to reach bedrock or supportive stable soil. (more…)

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