With total foundation replacement, the soil is first excavated from around your foundation walls. Then, the house is jacked up and the slab floor and foundation walls are removed. Finally, the foundation is built and the soil is replaced.
Not only is replacement extremely disruptive, and expensive, the real problem is that it doesn’t address the issue. The foundation isn’t the problem, the soil is the problem. You’ve simply built a new foundation in the same troublesome soil, so you can expect that you new foundation will “break” just like the old one.
Concrete underpinning is when soil is excavated from around the foundation and larger concrete footings are poured beneath the existing footings. Once the concrete has cured, the soil is backfilled.
Most of the time, concrete underpinning does not extend past the “active zone” and beyond the troubled soils. I other words, the soil beneath these newly beefed-up footings may still be moving, causing the home to continue to move.
Foundation and concrete problems won’t go away or fix themselves. They worsen over time, sometimes resulting in severe damage. The sooner these issues are addressed and permanently fixed, the more economical the solution and the less risk of danger or injury to you, your family or guests.
These aren’t just issues for those who own an older home, either. In a recent study, Consumer Reports found 15% of new homes had serious foundation repair needs.
Without a proper solution, foundations and concrete pads can eventually crack, buckle and collapse, leading to serious safety hazards.
Finding a permanent solution to your foundation and concrete problems is the surest way to get on with your life, and check a major concern off your list.
Taking care of your foundation repair and concrete repair needs before the realtor or future buyer requires it not only mean making more money on the sale, it means enjoying your home more in the meantime.