If you have experienced a foundation issue, you may be tempted to consider replacing your entire foundation. But, you should know that we advise against this approach in almost all cases.
First, total foundation replacement is extremely disruptive and can be very costly. The soil around your entire home is excavated. Then the entire structure is jacked up and the foundation and slab floor are demolished and removed. Finally, the foundation is rebuilt, the home is lowered and the soil is replaced.
As you might imagine, this process can take many weeks or more to complete and can be extremely expensive. In some cases, it can even result in damage to your home’s interior walls and other features as the house, no longer stabilized by its foundation, flexes as it’s jacked up to allow for the replacement of its foundation.
Second, and perhaps more important, replacing your home’s foundation doesn’t address the reason it failed in the first place: poor soil. You will be spending time and money replacing something that could very well fail again in the future.
In virtually all cases, this is the option we recommend. Not only is it typically less costly than total foundation replacement, most solutions can be installed and completed in a matter of days, rather than weeks. Some can even be completed the same day.
But the main advantage of foundation repair is that the solutions that Dritek Foundation Solutions use address the fundamental reason your home’s foundation failed. That’s because we use highly engineered steel piering systems to reach load-bearing soils or bedrock, so your home is permanently stabilized.
If you suspect your home has a foundation issue, the best thing to do is to contact a foundation repair specialist to inspect it. At Dritek Foundation Solutions, our design techs are expertly trained in analyzing foundation issues and developing a permanent solution to fix and protect your home. This inspection is free and carries with it no obligation to purchase a solution from us. So, there’s really no reason not to find out what is causing your home’s problems.
There is a third option when it comes to foundation issues: not repairing them. This can be tempting too. After all, many foundation problems take months or even decades to develop. A basement wall crack may seem small and only grow a fraction of an inch each year. So, it can be easy to put it to the back of your mind and forget about it as you concentrate on what seem like more pressing issues.
Consider this, however: foundation problems don’t get better with time. And they will never be less expensive to repair than they are today. Foundation problems can also cause other issues elsewhere in the house. In extreme cases, foundation issues have been left so long that an entire basement wall has collapsed, resulting in a home that is unlivable and extremely expensive to repair.
Finally, there’s your home’s value. The Real Estate Seller Disclosure Act requires foundation repair needs to be disclosed to potential home buyers. Many realtors say that they are forced to discount homes with foundation structural defects 10-20 percent to make a sale. What is your home worth in today’s market? Now, imagine losing that much money from your home’s value by not permanently fixing your foundation.
Dritek Foundation Solutions tailors each foundation repair solution to your home’s unique needs. We do this based on a variety of factors, including your home’s foundation type (poured or block) and the composition of the soil underneath and around your home.
Depending on these and other factors, we may use one or more of the following products to stabilize and protect your home:
Dritek Foundation Solutions design techs are trained to expertly diagnose foundation problems. They use highly specialized equipment that allows them to develop a solution tailored to your home’s unique needs. By the time the inspection is over, you’ll know exactly what caused the problem, exactly what it will take to fix it permanently and exactly how much it will cost to do so.
Once a solution has been customized for your home, we pick a date for the job. At that time, a highly trained crew of technicians will install the solution, leaving your home fixed and protected for future generations — restoring its value, improving your family’s quality of life and giving you lasting peace of mind.
Put simply: because we can permanently repair your foundation problems on time and on budget. Don’t Settle!
Dritek Foundation Solutions has been making homes whole and restoring their owners’ peace of mind for more than 30 years. We’re a member of the Supportworks network — a group of more than 130 contractors across the United States and Canada that is committed to redefining the industry by proving that more is possible when it comes to the homeowner-contractor experience.
Honesty. Transparency. Courtesy. Respect. These are the values that drive us, from the person who first takes your call to the person who shakes your hand when the job is completed to your satisfaction. Don’t settle – call us today – you’ll be glad you did!
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