Once it’s determined that foundation repairs are necessary, the next question a homeowner will ask is, “How long is it going to take?” Unfortunately, since every situation is different, there is no direct answer to this question, at least not initially. There are many factors to take into consideration when determining how long a foundation repair will take such as:
The severity of the problem
Generally, the worse the foundation problem is, the longer the repairs will take. This is why, in addition to safety concerns, it’s in your best interest to have foundation repairs completed ASAP instead of putting it off. The longer you wait, the longer the repair project will be, in addition to being more expensive.
In some cases, some foundation problems are only noticeable once the work begins. If these additional problems require additional work, it will add to the time that it will take to complete the repair work.
Size of the foundation
The size of the foundation, and the building that sits on top of it, plays a role in how long a foundation repair will take. If it’s a small home, it will take less time than a large home or a commercial space.
If concrete is being poured, the weather plays a significant role in the foundation repair process. Precautions need to be taken to prevent water from mixing with the concrete. Or, if temperatures drop below freezing or there is snow or ice to contend with, it can make things more complicated. If the ground is frozen, concrete can’t be poured. While this isn’t typically a concern in Texas, it’s certainly possible! In addition, soil can’t be too dry or too wet when making specific repairs to foundations.
Once you hire a foundation repair company, they should be able to give you a ball park range of how long the repairs should take, keeping in mind that there are factors to consider before and during the process. It could be just a few days for the average foundation repair job or longer if it’s more complex. We understand that it’s an inconvenience to be out of your home while these repairs are being done, but it’s always better to be proactive and get the work done. Waiting can mean that the repairs will take even longer to complete down the road.