When you have a home foundation repair problem, it’s wise to explore your options so that you will know what you should do to fix the problem. There is a big difference between home foundation repair and home elevation. Although home elevation is considered a part of home foundation repair, it is a much more significant job because it involves lifting the house above its foundation.
If you were around when Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, especially in the Houston area, chances are you are in need of a home foundation repair inspection. Without doing a professional assessment by a certified home foundation repair team, there is no way to know the extent of your damage or what needs to be done to fix your problem.
But what type of foundation repair do you need?
In this post, we will describe foundation repair and home elevation and show some of the differences, to help you decide which one might be suitable for your needs.
How to Know if you Need Home Elevation
First, let’s figure out how to identify the problem. How do you know if your house needs to be elevated? Some signs point to a serious foundation problem including:
–Sinking: Sinking can indicate uneven foundation or cracked foundations.
–Settling: Some settling is normal while some can destroy your home’s foundation.
–Cracks or tears in the walls (especially outside): Cracks indicate a structural problem of some sort.
–Doors sticking: If you have doors that stick, you need to find out what is causing this. It could be a foundation problem that is causing the sticking doors.
–Uneven floors or cracks in stairwells: Uneven floors can indicate water under your floorboards which can do serious damage. Don’t delay if you notice this. Buckling or warped flooring is a serious sign of foundation damage.
Not all of these are definite signs that you need home elevation. But they do indicate that you may need to have a home foundation inspection to see if lifting is a good option. All of these signs (except for sinking) may also indicate general problems that do not require lifting or home elevation. The main reason for home elevation is if your home is sinking or leaning to one side, even slightly. In this case, you will want to do that to avoid further damage.
FEMA (The Federal Emergency Management Agency) responsible for distributing aid in the event of natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods, posted the following document on house elevation and lifting recently. (FEMA.gov)
What is foundation repair?
Foundation repair includes a wide variety of techniques that allow expert home repair specialists to do what is necessary to repair your home to previous conditions. Depending on the amount of damage incurred, foundation repair can be a simple thing that can be done in one afternoon.
On the other hand, if more severe damage has been done, doors may need to be removed, or professionals may need to get under the house to inspect for further damage to your home’s structure and foundation.
Foundation repair includes a lot of different techniques, but it starts with a foundation inspection that consists of a thorough look at all aspects of your foundation. Once you get this done, then you will have the information needed to decide on how to repair it.
Don’t try it yourself
The above link is from a DIY site. But please keep in mind that you should never try to repair a major foundation job yourself. It is dangerous, and you can end up with a bigger repair job than you started with if you do not have the experience to fix it. Minor cracks in your home may be able to be done yourself, but leave the more important jobs for the professionals.
Types of Foundation Repair
There are many types of foundation repair. Angie’s List has a list of 6 different types of foundation repair on her website. How a foundation repair job is done will depend on the company you choose, but these are some general types of repair that you may need if your foundation is damaged.
About Home Elevation
Depending on the extent of the damage, home elevation may be considered if your house has sunk below the foundation. Once you do decide to get a home elevation done in your home, remember that this means that your home will be temporarily separated from its foundation. It is a major procedure that must be done with the most care to avoid damaging it.
Choosing a Foundation Repair Company
The first step in finding out whether you need home foundation repair or a home elevation. Ask for a free estimation and inspection at abrybros.com, and we will come to your house to inspect your home.
You have no obligation when we do this inspection. But we have 174 years of combined experience in home foundation repair, house elevation, and more. We are your go-to home foundation repair company in Houston.
If you don’t choose us for your home foundation repair company, just make sure that you choose a company that can address and troubleshoot any issues that you have with your home.
Protecting Your Investment
When you have foundation repair needs, the most important thing is protecting your investment. Your security and your family’s sense of security depends on it. You’ve put a lot of money and time into your home. Protect it by getting a free home foundation inspection at Abry Brothers Foundation Repair.
You can fill out our online form now to get things started or give us a call at
800.787.8288. We will get back to you as soon as possible to talk to you about your home repair needs. Whether you need a small or large foundation repair job, house elevation, or other jobs, we can help you get your home in the best condition.
Call us today! Don’t delay!