Foundation Repair: How to Break Down the Cost

Posted July 14, 2021, under Blog

If you’ve noticed cracks or sloping floors in your home, it’s probably time for foundation repair. On average, foundation repair can run anywhere from $2,500 to $8,000.

And when foundation problems are caught early, you can save thousands of dollars on the repair.

So, what causes foundation problems?

Foundation settling is the number one cause of foundation damage. When this happens, the foundation settles into the ground at an uneven rate which can lead to cracking and structural issues in the home.

The more significant the issue or the damage, the heftier price you will have to pay. For example, if hydraulic piers are needed, that cost can drive up to $10,000 or more for repair, while on the other hand, repairs for minor foundation cracks can run around $500.

Ultimately, the longer the job takes to repair the foundation, the higher price tag the homeowner will have to pay.

Other factors that contribute to the cost of repair are the prices of permits, the hourly rate for labor, and the materials that will be used.

In addition to the costs of doing business, the cause, issue, and severity of the problem also affect the price for repair. Other causes of foundation damage can stem from cracks, soil erosion, water damage and leaks, as well as sinking, shifting, crumbling, or bowing to the foundation.

In addition to catching the signs of foundation damage early to cut down on repair costs, maintaining your home foundation is essential to protecting the structural integrity of the home.

Foundations that have been neglected or poorly maintained will see much more significant damage than those that have had regular maintenance and inspections.

When foundation repair is needed, a foundation company will typically use one of the following methods to restore the foundation:

Underpinning or piering: This repair method uses excavation, raising the foundation and installing hydraulic piers to support the foundation.

Foundation jacking:  This is the process of house leveling, mud jacking, or slab jacking, which uses a grout substance that is pumped into the space between the concrete foundation, moving it back into its proper place.

Foundation stabilization: This method seals, waterproofs and/or fixes any drainage issues affecting the foundation in the home.

The type of method used for repair depends heavily on the type of damage and the type of foundation.

The most common types of home foundations are:

  • Slab
  • Crawl space
  • Brick
  • Basement
  • Pier and beam

If you’ve noticed signs of foundation damage in or outside your home, it’s essential to contact a foundation repair company, like Julian construction, to inspect the property ASAP.

Signs of foundation damage include:

  • Cracks in the walls and ceilings.
  • Doors and windows that stick or that seem misaligned.
  • Uneven or sloped floors.
  • Drainage issues or pooling water.
  • Floors and/or walls that seem to pull or separate.

When it comes to choosing a foundation repair company, it’s essential to research the company’s experience and credentials, get the foundation inspected and a quote for repair, and to inquire about a payment plan.

If you think your home is in need of foundation repair, contact Julian Construction today and we will send one of our foundation specialists out to conduct a free, thorough inspection with a quote for repair.

We have extensive experience serving our Los Angeles community and nearby regions. In fact, Julian Construction has inspected over 30,000 structures in the area!

Julian Construction was formed in 1994 and our focus has always been on building foundations, doing foundation repair and replacement, earthquake retrofitting, and house leveling.

When you work with Julian Construction, you get the principles of the company and the workers of Julian Construction under your home.

And in order to keep foundation repair affordable for our customers, we offer a price guarantee — because we know our quote for repair will represent your very best value.

Give us a call at (323) 733-3377 to schedule your free inspection or complete the inspection request form. 

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