Foundation Repair Frequently Asked Questions
What does Arizona Foundation Repair do?
We investigate, stabilize and raise foundations. We also lower foundations that have heaved. We Also repair cracks and repairs from concrete with corroded rebar.
How do I know if I have a foundation problem?
You can usually tell by large drywall cracks, slopes in the floor and doors and windows out of alignment. If you see these warning signs, call now for a expert evaluation by a certified foundation repair specialist.
What Kind of solutions does Arizona Foundation Repair provide?
We use helical piles, micro piles, hydraulically driven piles, compaction grouting, carbon fiber strengthening among many other unique tools. See services tab.
Why does Arizona Foundation repair offer more than one type of solution?
We strongly believe in being objective and offering the best solution for your unique situation. If the only tool you have is a problem is a hammer, then all solutions start looking like nails. We want to be able to pick from one of many excellent tools.
How much does it cost to fix a foundation?
The average cost is between $8,000 to $15,000, however the costs can vary greatly depending on each individual situation
How does Urethane Foam injection help?
Urethane foams make great waterproofing products and are used widely for mud jacking. Some manufacturers claim that this type of product can be used for deep soil stabilization. No industry accepted evidence has been produced to support this claim. Contrary to some contractors claims, it is not a good product for foundation stabilization.
What causes foundations to settle?
Foundations settle either from clay soil shrinking from lack of water, or from soils that are wetted enough to cause consolidation or collapse. Many times it is the weight of the soil on top of itself rather that just the house weight that causes the problem.
What causes foundations to heave?
Heaving is caused by hard compact clays as they expand from water. Think of a dry sponge as it gets wet. In Phoenix heaving foundations are commonly misdiagnosed as settlement.
What is a level B foundation inspection?
This one of three levels (AB&C) as defined by the Foundation Performance Association. A level B Inspection basically includes, an interview of the homeowner, a damage assessment survey, and a floor elevation survey. The results are then analyzed rated per PVA consensus ratings and summarized in a report.
Why is drainage so important?
Water is usually the catalyst of changes in soil conditions. Since it can cause settlement or heave, it is important to maintain consistent moisture levels. Here in Arizona that usually means, keeping it dry.
Can I postpone repairs and house leveling?
Yes you can. However the sooner the repairs are completed, the better track record you can demonstrate to eventual buyers. Sometimes, conditions can worsen causing
damage in greater proportion to time that has elapsed.
How does a plumbing leak affect the foundation?
Plumbing leaks can introduce water to similar to poor grading and drainage as noted above.
What will happen if I don’t do the repair?
Each case is different. Usually the conditions worsen over time. At some point a sale of the property will be contemplated. If it is sold in unrepaired condition, the fear of the unknown will demand a larger discount than the actual costs to repair. At some point the damage could cause instability in the roof trusses. Doors and windows could eventually become inoperable.