The last thing a homeowner wants to hear is that their foundation needs repairs. Needing repair typically means that the earth around a person’s home has moved enough to cause harm to the house. This is usually caused by water or soil movement, but either way, it is mostly out of the homeowner’s control.
On average, foundation repairs in the Pewaukee area cost $4,000, depending on the extent of the damage. Some kinds of repairs may cost as little as $500, however, and others can cost homeowners more than $11,000.
No matter the cost, a home foundation repair can be a lengthy and confusing process. If you’ve never gone through it, here’s what you can expect during your home foundation repair.
Be Prepared to Clear a Perimeter Around Your Home
Contractors will need to dig under your home to do repairs, and that means digging around it. While some contractors may just dig under the spots that need care, it is safer to assume they will want access from all around your home.
If you’re a gardener, be sure to move your plants before they begin their work. You will also want to remove any other decorations you have around your home.
Also, expect many holes to appear around your home while the work is done. It may not look pretty, but it will save you from future damage!
Your Home May Rise a Few Inches
When your home starts to lose its foundation because of soil moving underneath it, contractors stabilize it with piers. These piers reach deep into the ground and make sure the foundation stops moving.
Concrete piers are used more commonly than steel ones since they are cheaper and can withstand a lot of weight. However, steel piers will last practically forever and may be worth investing in, even if they are more expensive. In areas where there soil shifting is common—like Pewaukee—the investment often pays off in the long run.
After the piers are installed, the house is lifted onto them. This can mean your house may raise one to four inches, depending on the severity of the damage.
If you have an external staircase leading up to the front door or any other external features, you should prepare for the slight change in elevation.
Plumbing Repairs Usually Come with Home Foundation Repairs
Plumbing systems are usually exposed during the repair process. It may not look great, but it is a good thing. That’s because it allows your contractors to see any damage that may have occurred, which allows for timely repair and identification of potential future problems.
Although it seems so slight, house movements before the repair often lead to either general pipe damage or damage to pipe connections. Leaks usually spring from this kind of damage, which can lead to mold or mildew.
It’s Okay to be Scared of a Home Foundation Repair
There are a lot of moving parts during a home foundation repair. Contractors talk about a lot of things you’re not expected to fully understand, and the price can seem disheartening. But it is a critical kind of repair that often prevents devastating future damage.
Cracks in the wall are only the first signs of a critical foundation damage, and they will only grow if not repaired.
If you live in the Pewaukee area and suspect you need foundation repair, contact us. We can walk you through each step of the process so you know what is happening to your home and why.