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Frequently Asked Questions

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We know that foundation repair can be unfamiliar and intimidating. For that reason we have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions. We hope that this helps answer some of the questions you may have about foundation repair services. If your question is not listed and you still need information, please connect with us and we will be happy to help!

Is foundation damage something I could have prevented?

Foundation movement is directly related to the type of soil your home sits on. Depending on the soil, foundation damage can be hard to prevent.

Does FSS use subcontractors or day laborers for their crews?

No, all of our crews are FSS employees.

Why should I repair my foundation?

Your home is likely your largest investment. Don’t risk its stability by waiting on important foundation repairs that will just get worse.

Tips for a healthier foundation.

Keep an eye on drainage issues, hairline cracks, cracked concrete or any sinking so that you can observe foundation issues early and stay on top of any repairs needed.

How can I tell if I need my foundation repaired?

Any cracks in basement walls, warehouse floors or concrete around a property could be a sign that your foundation needs attention. Take our foundation quiz for a more in-depth analysis into issues your foundation may be facing, or schedule your free foundation repair consultation with us today!

What causes foundation issues?

The age of the building, soil shifting, exposure to water and direct sunlight, erosion and shoddy construction can all lead to foundation issues.

Can I wait to do foundation repair?

Experts recommend having repairs done within a month or two of when they are first noticed in order to prevent larger issues from occurring. 

How much does it cost for a push pier?

There are a number of factors that go into the cost of a push pier, including quality, depth needed and amount of work needed. As steel push piers cost between $1,000 - $5,000 each, a push pier job can cost several thousands of dollars.

How can aging tree roots damage a foundation?

As trees grow, their root systems grow as well. Trees close to a home or building can have roots that grow into their foundations causing cracks and shifts.

What are some pros and cons to pier and beam foundations?

Some pros to this type of foundation include: 

  • Homes are more protected from flooding since they are elevated.
  • They offer easy access to plumbing and electrical systems that can be housed underneath the home.

Some cons to pier and beam foundation include:

  • Can attract vermin and rodents.
  • May gather moisture that is hard to control.
Why don’t you provide concrete piers?

We’ve found that concrete piers just don’t last as long as we think they should. In many cases, property owners end up having to get their foundation repaired again when they use them initially. In addition, concrete piers cannot go as deep as steel piers and therefore are comparatively less stable.

What are the different foundation repair methods?

The repair methods we use depend on the condition of the foundation, size of the property and other factors relative to the space. We use a variety of different solutions, including push piers, helical piers, sonotubes, shoring and crawl space support jacks for foundation repair and stabilization.

What is the difference between poly and mudjacking?

Mudjacking refers to filling gaps in spaces with cement. Polyurethane is a raising foam that fills in voids and has gained in popularity due to how fast-acting and cost-efficient it is.

What causes a leaning chimney?

Typically, a leaning chimney is due to the fact that the masonry work has shifted because of foundation damage below.

Do plants and shrubs near a building hurt its foundation?

They can cause damage if:

  • Water collects around plants and penetrates into the foundation.
  • Roots grow into the foundation.
  • Vermin living in the greenery gains easy access to a crawl space.
Are uneven floors a sign of foundation problems?

Yes, uneven floors are a common sign of foundation damage.

What is concrete lifting?

Concrete lifting is a process by which polyurethane materials are injected into voids under concrete to lift slabs back to their original position.

What is a push pier?

A push pier is a popular lost-lasting foundation repair solution consisting of a hollow steel beam that is driven deep into the earth until it reaches bedrock. The top of the pier is connected to the structure above, allowing the push pier to take on the load-bearing duties of the foundation.

What can I expect during my foundation inspection?

A foundation inspection typically takes 1 - 2 hours. A technician will thoroughly inspect the foundation, property and any other factors affecting the space. They will look inside and outside of the home and business as well to ascertain any damages.

What should I look for in a settling foundation?

Some signs of a settling foundation include:

  • Cracks in the foundation walls.
  • Doors and windows that won’t close flush.
  • Any uneven floors.