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    Stratos Pier® answers common Foundation Repair Questions

    When a foundation has been compromised, the most obvious signs of damage will be near the top of your house rather than the bottom. Carefully inspect the top story of your home from the outside using a ladder. Look for cracks that appear above window frames – this is the most common place for damage to become visible.

  • Evaporation caused from heat and drought
  • Transpiration from tree roots and vegetation
  • Improper working or poorly designed drainage
  • Building on back fill and poorly compacted soil
  • Poor local soil conditions and organic debris
  • Un-maintained and overflowing gutters
  • Flooding and washout from creeks and rivers
  • Earthquake and other seismic activity
  • Lack of water on foundation during dry conditions
  • Cracks in drywall on walls and ceilings
  • Separation in flooring and broken grout lines
  • Cracks in foundation walls and slab floors
  • Sticking or non latching doors and windows
  • Leaning or bowing foundation walls
  • Chimneys that lean or tilt away from home
  • Stair step cracks in brick siding and chimneys
  • Mantels, counters, and cabinets that slope
  • Cracks in drywall on walls and ceilings
  • Piling or piering is the technique of driving steel pipe pilings to remedy failing building foundations and to correct foundation settlement. Push piers consist of sections of galvanized or epoxy-coated steel pipe that are driven into the soil with a hydraulic ram. Helical piers use screw piles with steel shafts.

    Determining whether or not your insurance policy covers foundation issues is a two-step process. Look at your policy or talk to your agent to see if your policy specifically covers foundation damage. Typically, the small cracks that come from settling will be excluded, but other types of damage may be covered.

    Stratos Pier works with many Foundation Repair Contractors around the country. Let us save you the trouble, Stratos Pier will send you information on a local and highly recommended Foundation Repair Expert.

    Most foundation repairs demand some underpinning by concrete or steel piers to secure the foundation on deeper, more stable soil. The cost depends on the type of piers, the depth they must reach for stability, and local labor rates. Piers six to eight feet apart cost about $1,000 to $3,000 each.

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