Foundation work is hardly a do-it-yourself project, so it makes a lot of sense to get three licensed contractors no less to give you a thorough proposal, including an assessment of your needs. On average, an inspection runs for about two hours. Here are tips to help you find a reliable foundation repair contractor:
1. Get a bird’s eye view of foundation repair.
Ask questions, read and educate yourself on foundation processes. Don’t decide based on advertising or pricing. If something sounds too good to be true, it likely is.
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2. Select a contractor with foundation repair processes assessed by the International Code Council Evaluation Services.
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The job of the ICC-ES, a nonprofit organization, is to ensure code compliance of building products.
3. Find a contractor that has a clause for hydraulic piling depth (usually 20 to 30 feet).
Beyond this depth, there is probably an added charge, which could be anywhere from $20 to $30 per foot. Be careful with a contractor who has no depth clause. It’s unbelievable that a contractor to want to continue operating at a loss.
4. Keep in mind that in certain foundation repair projects, landscape must be removed, and the contractor usually won’t guarantee the survival of a shrub or bush after it is removed and replaced.
5. Choose a contractor that offers a warranty.
Note that warranty is only as reliable as the company that provides it. Preferably, you’d like to work with a national company that offers a warranty trust. Should the company go out of business, a plan will be in place to provide follow-up service, if required.
If you’ve request for a foundation inspection, you can expect it to run for at least two hours. Ensure that the inspection is performed by a certified and trained specialist. The inspection has to include the whole building and in your company so as to ensure that both you and the foundation consultant understand well which parts of the structure are having problems. The consultant has to measure and move to graph paper your home or building’s actual dimensions so as to help in the evaluation. Cracks and foundation failure area signs must be included in their service plan profile.
You have to get a full service plan which includes an explanation of any issues that surfaced during the inspection and a full explanation of actions to be taken for the correction of the problems. Recommendations should come with a plan of repair that discusses the type and placements of pilings so that the structural loads are safer. Even if the foundation problems have been repaired, maintenance is still important, if only to prevent other problems from occurring.