What San Antonio Home Owners
Need To Know About Foundation Repairs.
For San Antonio residents one of the most pressing concerns of house repairs is related to the foundation. Other house hold repairs are seen as more practical. But when cracks are found in the foundation there is a concern of if repairs are possible and if so, how much. Here we will look at what home owners need to know about foundation repairs.
Although this type of repair is often seen as the most problematic, it is one that should not be put off. Once you know you have a problem, the key to keeping cost down is to have it repaired as soon as possible. This is not a problem that can be done as a DIY project in most cases. It will usually require you get a structural engineer to assist you. The foundation supports all other aspect of your house including walls, roof and floors.
What Causes Damage To A Foundation?
- Natural Disasters such as earthquakes, flooding, tornadoes and others
- Changes in the soil
The sad fact is that the most common cause of damage to a home’s foundation is poor construction at the time it is laid. In today’s economic times, it is common for builders to look for every possible way to cut cost.
Examples Of Poor Construction
- The best way to set concrete for a foundation is by using steel to reinforce the concrete. This is costly and so some builders don’t do it to save money.
- The block could have not been filled incorrectly making it vulnerable to cracking over time.
- Some footers are made to thin or narrow.
When the foundation has these issues they are highly prone to cracking over time. Because of the importance of the foundation to the rest of the integrity of the home it is recommended that you get a profession engineer to assess the damage and determine the best way to repair it. In some cases it may be necessary to use hydraulic lifts during the repair process. If damage has made this necessary it will be expensive, but very important to do the work.
How Do I Determine The Cost
Depending on the reason your foundation began to break, it is possible that your insurance company will be responsible for the repairs. The first thing you should do is to contact you home owner’s insurance company and discuss the matter with them. They will likely be paying for all or part of the repairs.
Your insurance company is often a good place to get information about what company can appropriately assess the damage and repairs. Even if the insurance does not cover your particular situation, they are often glad to help you by giving you the contact information of reputable engineers and builders that can help you get the necessary repairs.
You can also contact your bank where you have the mortgage. They will be motivated to help you to get someone to make the necessary repairs at as reasonable a price as possible.
There are many variables to determining price. The only way is to have someone make an assessment.
If you are a San Antonio resident, and you find you have damage to your foundation, try to get the repairs done as quickly as possible.
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