What to Expect During Foundation Repair
Our approach is to keep you fully informed and to minimize inconveniences during the repair process. The owner is responsible for removing and caring for shrubs near the foundation and for providing water and electricity during the repair. We will remove and replant shrubs left near the foundation but cannot assume responsibility for their survival.
Foundation construction will occur during the workday, as not to disrupt neighbors.
The four phases to foundation repair are:
The excavation phase requires the most time and involves digging the holes in which the piers will be inserted. Excavated dirt is stored on plastic sheathing and excavations are marked with caution tape or covered. It is important to distinguish between the exterior holes that originate outside and interior penetrations that originate inside. Interior penetrations will cause noise, vibration and dust. Interior penetrations can be avoided by tunneling from outside underneath the house but adds significantly to the project expense. When interior pier placement is necessary, special preparation and storage of the homeowner’s belongings are required. Interior pier placement will be determined by a professional engineer and documented on an authentic proposal for the homeowner.
The pier insertion phase will cause a series of minor jolts to the house. During this phase it is important to protect fragile items such as wall hangings, china and other items that could become dislodged or move during the process.
The leveling phase is relatively brief and requires access to the interior of the house for measurements. It could result in a series of minor jolts. This is the phase during which damage may occur to walls, ceilings, masonry and plumbing. It is also the phase in which existing cracks may close up and jammed doors and windows become operable.
The clean up phase follows final leveling. Soil is replaced, compacted, and graded concrete penetrations are repaired. Soil is mounded over the excavations so that natural settling will bring them to grade level over time. Excess soil will be distributed or hauled away.
Our engineers will remain available during all of these phases to oversee the success and answer any questions that may arise. We have been through this many times and although some of the process may startle owners who have not experienced them before, the final result is a home of improved functionality and value. Please call with any questions or needed clarifications (512) 292-1830. We would also like to remind you that we are proud to be a member of the Better Business Bureau and take pride in serving the community of Austin and it’s surrounding areas.
Engineers & Constructors Inc.