What's holding up your home?
We are reaching a point in history where the majority of our older foundations are crumbling or decaying beyond repair. Factors such as age, quality of concrete used at the time, lack of water remediation, water intrusion, absence of rebar, all contribute to the level of decay we are now experiencing. Concrete is by nature porous, water being given no alternative path will find its way through concrete, speeding up the deterioration process. The level of foundation degradation is often visually hidden by a skim coat applied to the surface of the interior or exterior of foundation walls.
Simple ways to check a foundation:
What not to do…
This picture on the left shows a horizontal crack and foundation failure, a continuous trench was dug alongside the base of the interior foundation wall. Digging down for additional basement height, installing interior drainage, or just removing the basement slab can all compromise an old foundation, and in turn your homes stability and livability.
Is a foundation replacement the right choice for my home?
A variety of factors will come into play when weighing up if this type of project is right for your home.
Some points to consider:
Do I need to remove furniture out of the house prior to having my house lifted?
No, generally all furniture and items can remain. Collections, such as extensive libraries or vinyl collections, or storing pallets of concrete in the living room (yes, we have come across this!) these may need to be addressed prior to lifting.
Can I live in my homes while my foundation is being replaced?
Alternative temporary living arrangements while the house is shored is required.
How long does the process of replacing my foundation take, and when can I move back in?
Usually a minimum of 3-4 months, depending on the project. Once the house is back down on its new foundation you can move back in. Bear in mind that work will still be work going on, creating noise, dust and disturbance, if you work from home or have young children and pets you may wish to wait until construction is completely finished.
Do you provide any other options to retrofit my old foundation, or could I just replace one of my foundation walls?
We do not work on, save, or retrofit older foundations.
Remember, a foundation is the bones upon which rest many family's largest asset.
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