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It is important to build your home on a solid foundation. This can be interpreted many ways, figuratively and literally.
Do you know if your home (literally) has a strong and stable foundation? Do you know the condition of what is holding up the structure where you sleep and where your children or grandchildren play?
Whether you have a cracking slab or a basement you rarely go into – and yes, we’ve come across homes with basements in Florida – you need to protect your home from damage and danger. Signs of foundation failure can be scary, but we at Florida Foundation Authority are here to help you enhance and protect the health and safety of your most significant investment – your home.
As a homeowner, it is important to do your research, educate yourself, know what to look for, and make a solid choice for repair.
What are the Signs of a Bad Foundation?
Do you notice any of these problem signs around your home?
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With foundation damage like cracking floors and walls, expansive soils, and other issues, trust the experts to restore your home.
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There could be a variety of factors affecting your home and its foundation. But the top culprit of foundation problems stems from the ground.
The soil your home was built on and the soil around your house has a significant impact on your living environment.
There are countless soil types throughout the country, but the three basic ingredients of all soil types include sand, silt and clay. NASA Earth Observatory maps show how much of these ingredients can be found across the United States. Sandy soils that tend to drain water faster can be found in southern states like Florida. Clay soils that tend to hold onto water and silt soils that have intermediate drainage properties can be found across the country.
There also are different kinds of soil throughout the state but most Florida soils are sandy. Florida has the largest total acreage of what are known as Aquods, which are wet and sandy soils with an organic-stained subsoil layer. These characteristics lend themselves to Florida’s state soil, Myakka, which occurs on more than 1½ million acres. (Source: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Florida)
As a homeowner or homebuyer, it is important to know what kind of soil you are dealing with. You can use the Web Soil Survey from the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service to find exactly what kind of soil is in the area where you live.
Here are other ways soil affects structures:
The Clay Bowl Effect
When your home was built, a considerable hole had to be dug in the earth to accommodate the foundation. But this depends on what kind of foundation you have. Homes with slab foundations do not require as much excavation as homes with basements and/or crawl spaces. Slab foundations normally only require digging down a couple feet.
Once the foundation was completed, the dirt was replaced or backfilled around the home to fill the hole or trench around the structure. This “fluffed up” soil is looser and more aerated, and not as dense or tightly packed as undisturbed soil farther away from the house. This looser soil tends to absorb water easier than compacted soil. So, when water collects in the soil immediately surrounding the home, this leads to hydrostatic pressure. The saturated soil puts pressure on the foundation walls, causing cracks.
When the soil around your foundation becomes soaked with water, it expands and puts pressure on the foundation. This hydrostatic pressure is the constant force of water pressure on the foundation walls. When this force becomes more than the walls can handle, the walls will begin to crack and bow inwards. This not only affects the structural integrity of the walls, but it also allows water to find its way inside your home and lead to additional issues.
Poor Supporting Chimney Soils
If your house has a fireplace and a chimney, the chimney could show some dramatic signs of foundation failure such as cracking and leaning away from the rest of the structure. These problems can happen if the chimney foundation was not built on the same foundation or soil as the rest of the structure or if the foundation lacks the proper footing.
Along with rain, Mother Nature gives us hurricanes, floods, Nor’easters, earthquakes and other weather events that impact the ground and soil around your home, and your home’s structural integrity.
The Stack Effect – Water and Moisture in a Vented Crawl Space
Water and moisture also can have a significant impact inside your home, as well.
Building code calls for dirt crawl spaces to be vented for air drying purposes, but this common building technique is outdated and harmful to your house. If you have a crawl space with open vents, this allows outside air, water and pests inside the crawl space directly underneath your house to cause a host of problems.
Because of the stack effect – the movement of air in your home from bottom to top – whatever is in your crawl space such as mold, moisture, and humidity, also is in the rest of your house and affecting you. One example of a structural impact is with the support system under your house. If wooden support systems become soaked with water or exposed to high humidity and excessive moisture, they can rot and buckle. This then leads to sagging, uneven floors and problems with hardwood floors.
Yes, absolutely, your foundation issues can be fixed! And it’s important to act as soon as you notice any problems or suspect any damage. There are so many benefits associated with foundation repair, but the two main ones have to do with safety and the value of your home.
Your home is one of the most significant investments you’ll ever make in your lifetime, and it’s important to ensure its health and safety today and for years to come. The longer you put off repairs, the more costly they will be. You also could be putting your loved ones’ safety at risk if you don’t address these repair needs.
So many factors can impact the value and resale value of homes. Any issues such as foundation problems and water intrusion are things you need to be aware of and make known. Florida homeowners intending to sell their house are required to make certain disclosures to buyers about the property’s condition, which sets clear expectations. Florida law provides that sellers must fill out a form disclosing any known conditions such as being structurally sound and free of leaks, the presence of termites or other wood-destroying organisms, water intrusion and flooding, and the existence of mold. (Source: Nolo)
No matter how handy you are or how much you’re itching to get to your local home improvement store and get your hands dirty, these are not “do it yourself” project. It’s best to leave significant repair projects like those involving your foundation to professional experts.
Concerning real estate transactions, even quick fixes can raise red flags. You’ll then have to spend more time and money to repair the problems. That’s why it’s important to fix your foundation correctly the first time with a trustworthy repair company. We address these points in our blog, “Why Can’t You Fix Foundation Cracks on Your Own?”
The average foundation repair cost is around $4,000, according to Home Advisor. Home Advisor’s State of Home Spending Report also states that consumer spending on home improvement increased significantly – rising 17% – from April 2018 to April 2019, with average home improvement spending totaling $7,560 in 2018. Home improvement rather than home maintenance has been the focus for homeowners who want to replace or repair damage, defects and decay.
Typically, foundation issues are not covered by homeowner’s insurance. Some policies may cover losses from fires, but many exclude coverage for things like foundation cracks or settling. Coverage may kick in if the foundation was damaged because of other problems like broken plumbing, for example. (Source: SF Gate) If you are concerned with repair needs and insurance coverage, be sure to check with your insurance carrier, as all policies are different.
All this being said, it is difficult to give an actual cost of foundation repair. We know how frustrating it is to not get a straight answer, but there are so many factors to consider with repair projects such as the extent of any damage, square footage and material usage. This differs from company to company. So be sure to have a thorough discussion with your contractor about pricing and payment.
In thinking about the health and safety of your home, how do you know it will be in good hands? There’s a lot to think about as you research and reach out to contractors. You want to make sure you can trust who will be in and around your home.
Specific to foundation repair, Home Advisor has some great things to keep in mind regarding the condition of your home and what kind of damage you need repaired.
There are many other factors to consider when choosing a foundation repair contractor. Here are 10 excellent tips for selecting a reputable contractor, courtesy of Popular Mechanics:
We at Florida Foundation Authority are proud to meet and go above and beyond these expectations! We encourage you to look at our reviews from actual customers we’ve assisted.
Our trusted professional team at Florida Foundation Authority is eager to help with your repair needs and give you a memorable experience like you’ve never had with a contractor. Our solutions and our people are just a couple things that set us apart from other companies. You can read more in our “What Makes Florida Foundation Authority Different from Other Contractors?” blog.
Once you contact us, you’ll be able to speak with one of our customer care representatives about your foundation issues and repair needs. We will then schedule an appointment for you to meet with one of our certified field inspectors for a free inspection and no-obligation estimate. During this consultation, the inspector will:
If you decide to move forward with a repair project, we will coordinate with you to schedule that work with one of our highly trained installation crews. Our team will use the best products proven to repair and protect your home. The job is not done until you are 100% satisfied. We also provide service and annual maintenance opportunities to ensure the solutions we installed are continuing to maintain your home’s safety and structural integrity.
Our “What Can I Expect from Florida Foundation Authority?” blog has additional insight about what it’s like to work with us.
We use only the best foundation repair solutions. The products we use are manufactured right here in the United States, and they are tested and proven to permanently repair and protect your home.
Every home and foundation is different, and each requires its own unique set of repairs. Our solutions are not “one size fits all,” and can be customized to meet your specific repair needs.
Engineered to withstand the toughest forces, our dependable wall reinforcement and piering systems are made with galvanized steel to prevent rust, corrosion and damage, offering you a strong and permanent solution.
Here’s how we address various foundation problems:
Fixing Bowing Walls:
Stabilizing Settling Foundations:
Lifting Sagging Floors:
Additionally, our PolyRenewal™ concrete lifting and leveling system can be used to lift and level any cracking, settling concrete. It works inside homes with slab floors, as well as outside on patios, pool decks, sidewalks, and driveways.
Our expert team is here to help you through the foundation repair process. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us! We look forward to helping you repair and protect your home by creating a safer and healthier living environment!