Foundation repair is something that no one likes, but statistically speaking, almost every homeowner will have to repair their foundation at some point in time. The first step is to identify if you need foundation repair. The common question we get is “how long does it take to fix my foundation?” Let’s look at how to identify foundation failure and then talk through how long it will take to get you back to enjoying your home.
There are many signs of foundation damage, but here are some of the common ones. Sunken floors in your home, cracks in your ceiling or walls, and having a hard time closing or opening doors in your house are all symptoms of foundation failure. These are just the most common signs, so just because you don’t see these specific items DOES NOT mean that you are free of foundation damage.
Now that you are aware of some of the signs of foundation damage, let’s discuss what the repair process looks like.
What Is the Process To Fix My Foundation?
While there are a lot of different methods for fixing foundation issues, the process will typically look something like this:
- The crew arrives at your home and starts excavating around your home to access underneath your foundation. The crew will dig deep enough to where piers can be installed under your home to provide stabilization.
- Once the ground has been removed, the crew will start the installation process. The piers will be moved into place. The piers are put in at 6-foot intervals, allowing for equal stabilization around the entire area. Once the piers are in place, the crew will then move to the stabilization portion of the process.
- Using a hydraulic ram, the crew can use up to 10,000 psi (pounds-per-square-inch) to push the piers into place under your home. The hydraulic ram applies pressure to ensure that the weight of your home will properly shift onto the piers. Once there, the piers will transfer the weight to the load-barring strata under your home, which is significantly more stable than the soil that your home is currently sitting on.
- Once the piers are secured, the crew will backfill the displaced dirt into place, rake the dirt, and apply grow seed to your dirt to help the grass grow back.
This is a simplified breakdown of the process. The foundation repair process is multilayered and can contain a lot of moving parts. As you are getting ready to read, the amount of time it can take to fix your home is dependent on different factors.
Can My Foundation Get Repaired in One Day?
Realistically, it depends on the severity of your foundation damage. In most cases, it is going to take more than one day to fix the foundation concerns in your home. Usually, when the damage to your foundation gets to the point at which you can visibly notice the symptoms, the ability to fix it in one day has passed. If you catch the issue early enough, you CAN get your concerns properly addressed within one day. If you notice a small crack or just a few inches of movement, the right company, such as The Foundation Specialists, can fix it within one workday. However, most cases are going to take longer than a day.
What Happens if the Fix Can’t Be Done in a Day?
As we have touched on above, foundation repair is a complex issue that could require multiple days to complete. Related to the foundation, the damage could be too severe to fix in one day. If there are large, deep cracks or a significant shift in your foundation, the labor needed to fix that could just simply surpass the time in a single day. Keeping that in mind, there are other factors that could prevent a job from being done in a single day.
The landscape of the house (and surrounding area on the property), unforeseen weather, other damages to the home (such as plumbing malfunctions), and the impact of Mother Nature (in the form of trees, bushes, etc.) can all be potential factors that would affect the length of the job that are outside of your crew’s control.
While one day is the best-case scenario, it is safe to say that two or three days would be the average fix time for foundation repair issues. As mentioned above, other factors can play into the process that could prolong it, but the average sits around two to three days for a fix.
What Specific Products Do You Use To Fix My Foundation?
The correct fix for your home depends on what issues you are facing. The process of foundation repair can range from push piers or helical piers under your home to CarbonArmor Wall Braces on your home’s foundation walls. The short story is that foundation repair is a complex issue that doesn’t contain a one-size-fits-all answer. We understand that this can be confusing, so allow us here at TFS to guide you through this. The best way we can help you get a complete fix is for you to schedule a free inspection and allow one of our experts to assess the situation. Our expert will be able to provide you with answers to all your questions and guide you to a complete fix for your home. To ensure confidence in your home, we also offer a customer care club and a warranty for the procedure done to your home. You deserve to feel safe, confident, and secure in your home. After all, your house is your largest investment. TFS helps you make sure that it stays in good shape.
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