If your foundation has incurred damage and needs to be repaired, you may be wondering what the foundation repair process looks like. While no two cases are exactly the same, most foundation repairs still follow the same basic procedures.
To help you get a better understanding of what you can expect when you hire the foundation repair experts at Abry Brothers to fix your foundation, we’ve outlined the six basic steps that we follow to repair most foundations.
Step #1: Assessing the Damage
The first step of the foundation repair process involves thoroughly assessing the damage that your foundation has incurred. During this phase, a foundation repair expert from Abry Brothers will carefully inspect your home and its foundation to determine where the damage exists as well as the extent of the damage. This is done by creating a visual map of your home and noting where there are cracks and other issues with your foundation.
Later, your foundation repair expert will determine the cause of the damage, but, during the first phase of the repair process, the goal is to simply locate the damage and determine how serious it is.
Step #2: Taking Measurements
After the initial, visual inspection is complete, your foundation repair expert will begin taking measurements and gathering numerical data in order to create a more quantitative, data-based understanding of the damage that your foundation has incurred. This process includes measuring things such as cracks in your foundation as well as areas of your home that have sunk down or been elevated.
By gathering numerical data about the damage to your foundation, your foundation repair experts will be able to better understand the extent of the damage that the foundation has incurred and therefore will be able to come up with the most effective possible approach for repairing that damage.
Step #3: Determining the Exact Cause of the Damage
While determining the extent and location of the damage is incredibly important, determining what it is that is causing your foundation to fail is highly important as well since different causes of foundation failure will require different repair approaches.
To determine the cause of your foundation’s damage, your foundation repair expert will look at a variety of factors and may also ask you a few questions regarding your home. These factors include where the damage is most prevalent, the type of soil that your home is built upon, the weather conditions that have been prevalent over the past few months, and more. Your foundation repair expert may also ask you questions concerning things such as plumbing damage in your home and other issues that you may have dealt with leading up to noticing the damage to your foundation.
By carefully analyzing the damage and the various factors associated with it, your foundation repair expert will be able to determine what it is that is causing your foundation to fail and create a solution to address that cause.
Step #4: A Final Assessment of the Severity of the Damage
Before the repairs to your foundation can be completed, your foundation repair expert will assess the extent of the damage to your foundation one final time. The goal during this assessment will be to determine the repair method that will be most effective while at the same time being the most affordable and least invasive as well.
During this step, your foundation repair experts will look over all of the data that they gathered throughout the previous steps of the repair process. Using this data, they’ll determine how many piers will be needed to support your home and fix its failing foundation.
Step #5: Completing the Repairs
After having thoroughly assessed your home and the damage to your foundation and coming up with the most effective possible plan for repairing that damage, it’s now time to actually complete the repairs.
Fortunately, this step in the process will likely go much quicker and smoother than you might imagine. At Abry Brothers, our team of foundation repair professionals are experts at performing foundation repairs in a manner that is both timely and effective. We always strive to have our customers back into their homes as soon as possible and therefore work to complete foundation repairs as quickly as we can.
As for the repair process itself, the exact method used will depend on the extent and cause of the damage that your foundation has incurred as well as a number of other factors. In most every case, though, we will employ some form of foundation underpinning. This process involves supporting your home with temporary supports while we install more permanent supports underneath your foundation so that it is able to bear the weight of your home without sinking, upheaving, or otherwise incurring further damage.
Step #6: Developing a Long-Term Damage Reduction Plan
After the repairs to your foundation are complete, your foundation repair experts will work with you to develop a plan to help ensure that no further repairs will be needed in the future. What this plan entails will vary depending on what it was that caused your foundation damage in the first place. Whatever the cause of the damage to your foundation, though, we will work with you to develop an effective plan that you can use going forward to mitigate the risk that your foundation is damaged again in the future.
While every foundation repair project is unique, the basic approach to foundation repair remains the same. At Abry Brothers, our six step process is designed to deliver the best possible results with every foundation repair project that we take on, leaving homeowners with a foundation that is fully repaired in a way that is affordable as possible while at the same time providing them with an effective plan that they can use to avoid further foundation problems in the future.
- If you have noticed any issues with your foundation and would like to schedule an assessment of the damage or if you have any further questions about our foundation repair process, we invite you to contact us today.