Foundation CostsJune 29, 2018
On the VIC Underpinners blog, you know that you’ll find all of the information that you need to make the best-informed decision for your home’s foundation. We’re the best in the Melbourne area when it comes to any sort of restumping, underpinning and reblocking jobs. It doesn’t matter what your property looks like or where it’s located, we know that our decades of experience, our premium materials and our world-class customer service will ensure that the job is done right. A component of that is this blog, where we share the knowledge that we’re most passionate about. That goes beyond the foundation of your home – to renovations and projects, landscaping and even interior design. But the focal point tends to be your foundation, and we know that you have a lot of questions about it. Today, we’re covering one of the more finicky topics – cost. Read on to learn where to spend your dollars so that they’re most effective for you.
First up, it bears reminding that it will always save you money if you get ahead of the game. If you see the warning signs that we frequently detail on this blog as they relate to foundation damage, you should definitely keep an eye on them. These include cracks in your walls, ceiling and floors, which may sound normal but over time can lead to detrimental damage to your entire home. Let’s take a look at some specifics:
Leaks – $2,000 – $6,000
Let’s start with the big price tags. Leaks are very problematic for your home and can greatly affect both drainage and unwanted moisture. There are a dozen different waterproofing techniques, which professionals can recommend to secure your structure. The number one recommendation is sealing your foundation using new tile drains and filling any cracks with cement. The total cost includes the equipment, labor and time, but is always worth it.
Cracks – $250 – $800
Keep an eye out for cracks that are any wider than an eighth of an inch. That means that it’s time to bring in a structural engineer. There are a couple of reasons that these happen and include sinking foundations and soil that’s putting too much pressure on your foundation structure. These cracks can be easy to mitigate if they don’t affect the structure, but again – if you leave them, they’ll only get worse and create other issues. Looking for a fix? Check out products like epoxy or polyurethane foam, both of which can be injected directly into the crack.
Setting/sinking – $500 – $3,000
This is an issue that we see more and more frequently, and it’s one that you want to take care of right away. We already mentioned the early signs of damage to watch out for, but we haven’t talked through the solution. You definitely want to work with an expert on this (we hear VIC Underpinners are pretty good at what they do), who will help you level your foundation using piers or mudjacking. More to come on both of these.
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