Foundation Repair and Property Disruption (Exterior & Interior)

Foundation repair is like minor surgery – slightly invasive at first but it provides a permanent (and lifetime warrantied) course correction that builds equity into your home.

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It’s normal to be apprehensive about foundation repair – especially if you’re wondering if the process will incur more property damage than ultimately fix. Let’s put those fears to rest.

The vast majority of property disruptions you may experience will be temporary and confined to the duration of the project.  

After all, Foundation repair ultimately fixes property disruption/issues. For example, foundation repair, particularly when a home is lifted to maximum practical recovery, often alleviates sloped floors, compresses cracked drywall back together, and realigns crooked door/window frames.

The one caveat is if a past contractor took cosmetic shortcuts:  

  •   Utilized self-leveling floor mixtures  
  •   Shaved down doors
  •   Reconfigured crooked door/window frames to appear straight
  •   Repatched and repainted drywall

When a home is lifted back to level – these temporary measures have jeopardized the integrity of the structure and the cheats will prove glaringly apparent and cause cosmetic corruption.  

  •   The floor will be uneven
  •   The shaved down doors will gap
  •   The window/door frames will be crooked
  •   And the repatched/repainted drywall will “spit out” the patching mixture

However, the risk of permanent property disruption outside of the listed caveat is almost nonexistent.

In this article, we are going to cover what the slight disruption looks like during a foundation repair project on the exterior and interior of the home.

Exterior Property Disruption in Foundation Repair  

Inhibited Yard Access

In many foundation repair projects, the foundation is accessed primarily via the exterior of the home – regardless of push pile or helical pile installation.

The foundation footing needs to be easily accessible. This occasionally dictates that your favorite rose bush is pulled up and safely potted to be replanted upon project completion and/or Concrete R&R.  

Push piers and helical piers are generally installed every six feet along the affected area of the failing foundation. This is marked by painter’s tape stuck to the siding of the house. The painter’s tape is utilized specifically because it is easily removed.

Holes are then dug, typically 3×3 feet, in preparation for the bracket and pier system. These holes are occasionally dug in flowerbedsconcrete R&R’d patios or grass lawns 

The good news is – flowers can be replanted, concrete re-poured, and grass regrown.   

Occasionally, sprinkler lines need to be replaced, but that is typically the biggest nuisance we run into when it comes to accessing the foundation’s footing and easily enough replaced.

We always call Dig Alert or Arizona 811 to verify gaselectric, and water lines well before shovels touch dirt.

The excavation holes are of course refilled before our crews head out and the foundation repair project is finally complete – but throughout the duration of the project it is imperative we have easy access to these excavations.

Therefore, we place plywood boards over the holes when we leave the job site for the night. This can cause some disruption if you’re in the habit of walking around your yard close to your home, particularly for side gate access.

Just know – this inconvenience is temporary.

Needless to say, we highly discourage any outside play of children and pets in the affected area during the foundation repair project.  

Noise Pollution

There is some noise pollution during a foundation repair project as we have to utilize heavy machinery and power tools to get the job done right. We always adhere to HOA and city-wide noise ordinances.

The good news is we usually show up after your neighbors have left for work and leave before they come home on a typical 9-5 schedule.

Speaking of neighbors – nothing we do harms your neighbors’ property in any way, shape, or form. All of the work is exclusively localized to the affected area of your foundation.  

 So, yes, unfortunately, your neighbors won’t reap the benefits of your foundation repair, but you sure will and if you refer us to your neighbor and they accept, you get a cool $100 cash.

Interior Property Disruption in Foundation Repair

The interior of your home will remain relatively unscathed.

If you do have a slab on grade foundation, then after the lift will need to complete a polyurethane injection which can involve pulling back the carpet and removing flooring to drill the injection site holes.

As one of our senior foundation repair experts Mark Cook likes to say here at Dalinghaus – pier system installation is far less invasive and considerably cheaper (about 20%) than caisson installation.

For caisson installs, large cranes take up the street and cause a significant amount of yard destruction. For caisson implementation, it is necessary for the homeowners to move out and can take months.   

As mentioned in the introduction, the biggest concern for interior property disruption is if you’ve already sunk thousands of dollars into a premature renovation.  

Renovating before you fix your foundation is like owning a 68 Ford Mustang and slapping on a beautiful coat of paint without addressing the rust first. The rust will continue to eat away at the metal, sure as your home will continue to sink or rise in the expansive soil.

If your home has undergone renovations, however – we can work with you to determine the best maximum practical recovery or simply stabilize your home in place.

Either way – we got you covered.

  Choose Dalinghaus For Professional Foundation Repair

In conclusion, the risk of permanent property disruption is almost nonexistent and the bulk of it is always temporary, limited to the timeframe of the project.

If you live in Southern California or Central Arizona and would like a FREE foundation repair inspection, click the link below –

WRITTEN BY

Brian Dalinghaus

Brian is one of the Co-Founders of Dalinghaus Construction. He has been in the foundation repair industry since 2005. During his career, he has been associated with helping over 4,000 homes and structures throughout California and Arizona.

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