When a home’s foundation is recommended to be repaired utilizing Push Piers, there are a few things that you as a consumer, should know about in regards to possible additional costs. We have seen and heard horror stories of people, just like yourself, that thought they were getting the best pricing and best deal on their foundation repair costs. Only to find out that they were hit with a ton of additional costs and unforeseen items. That is not the position that you want to put you and your family in when starting a foundation repair project.
In this article we will dive into the most common items that we see customers, whether they are ours or not, get dinged with for additional costs on their foundation repair project. These costs are often unplanned for both the additional time that the project will last as well as the additional, usually unbudgeted, costs of the project. This article’s number one objective is to have you and your family better prepared and better educated when you go to choose a foundation repair contractor.
Pier Depth Clauses
This is one that we see A LOT! We actually used to have a pier depth prior to 2 years ago for push pier projects. The main reason for a depth clause is to cover the additional costs of piers that need to be installed beyond the standard 28′-30′. The additional pier depth clause costs cover things such as additional material costs and the additional labor to perform the installations. Both are entirely warranted to keep a foundation repair company from going out of business by absorbing tons of additional costs. But it is also something that can be built into the push pier pricing that the company offers. If the company, such as Dalinghaus Construction, doesn’t have an additional cost associated with pier depth then you may end up paying a little bit more upfront to absorb some of those costs, but it is better to know going in that you won’t have any additional costs associated with the unknown depths that the push piers will be required to go to properly stabilize your home’s foundation. But if you are a gambling man, you can always roll the dice and take your chances with a depth clause.
Additional Excavation Costs
Just like the pier depth is typically unknown, the same can be true with the depth of excavation required to gain access to the bottom of your home’s foundation. Although additional excavation depths are few and far between, they still do occur. Most of the homes in Southern California and Arizona have a footing that is between 18″ -24″. This is pretty standard and the pricing of a push pier installation reflects that. But, we have had the pleasant surprise of finding those unicorns of footing sizes in some of our projects. Apparently concrete was cheap when they were building some of these homes and decided the deeper the footing the better! 😉 There are ways to get an idea of how deep the footing is during your initial foundation inspection. One way is to utilize a soil probe to push down next to the footing of the home to gauge just how deep the footing goes. This technique takes about 5 minutes to do and can save you the surprise of the additional costs for a deeper footing. Extra footing depth costs are typically anything beyond 24″ of depth are billed at $100/foot per location. This cost is a small fraction of the costs that the foundation repair company absorbs in the additional time to excavate the push pier location, but also to backfill and compact the location once the project has been completed. If it was our house, we would roll the dice on having this as an add on cost to a push pier project, unless you have original building plans or know how deep your footing is prior to signing with a foundation repair company.
Additional Piers are Needed
Adding additional piers to a project is never a fun conversation. Knowing that you have to add another $1,800 – $2000 for a push pier is a large dollar amount that you surely weren’t planning on unless you chose to only repair a portion of the affected area of your home’s foundation. All piers should be laid out to you, as the customer, prior to signing with a company. There are very rare occasions when additional piers are needed, unless they just weren’t properly designed from the beginning. This is where having a floor elevation survey provided to you prior to signing with a foundation repair company is critical. This survey will show you exactly where the push piers will be installed and the correlating floor elevations for each location. If you are only being recommended to do 6 piers when the other companies are saying you really should do 9, you need to take a step back and ask why the difference in the amount. Most of the time you, the customer, will end up having to do the other piers once the project has begun to obtain the results that you are wanting. Again, get all of your costs to accomplish your goals up front so you don’t have the unforeseen additional costs down the road.
Push pier foundation repair projects are not a cheap repair by no means. The average cost of a push pier foundation repair project in Southern California and Arizona ranges between $15,000 and $20,000. That is a substantial investment into your home. We highly recommend that you ask questions prior to signing with a company so you don’t have your $20,000 project balloon to $30,000 in the blink of an eye.
If you would like to learn more about calculating the cost of repairing your home’s foundation, we ask that you visit this link to our Foundation Repair Costs article. This article looks at an overview of self diagnosing and performing an at home cost analysis for your home. If you have read that article and you would like confirmation on your findings, you can always schedule a free inspection with us to help you in the design process.