Dinosaurs have been dead a long time. If Jurassic Park has taught us anything, it’s that these powerful apex predators are better off extinct. Some things need to die – like bellbottom jeans, pet rocks, and grade beam/caisson foundation repair.
What is a grade beam, you might be wondering? Well, a grade beam is an addition to a building’s foundation that is a reinforced concrete beam that redirects the load from a bearing wall, dispersing the load between caissons.
Grade beams and caisson foundation repair is a prehistoric approach to foundation repair. The truth is grade beam and caissons are not the answer. Why?
- Property Disturbance
Installing a grade beam and caissons proves an incredibly messy process as the entire foundation must be dug up. This results in a five-to-six-foot excavation around the immediate perimeter of your home.
Heavy equipment, such as cranes, are utilized to implement the caissons. Due to the invasive nature of the procedure, homeowners often move out for a short period of time.
This is much more invasive than push pier, helical pier, or polyurethane foundation repair. Foundation repair with steel pier systems only takes a week and the owner does not have to stick it out in a dingy hotel somewhere.
Often adding a grade beam and caissons to a home’s foundation makes the problem worse, sinking the foundation further into the ground. Our Foundation Repair Specialist Mr. Brett Woodall says, “It’s like throwing an anchor over a sinking ship.”
Caissons are only effective if they hit bedrock.
Conversely, push piers and helical piers are much lighter and only need to reach competent, load-bearing soil to hold up the load of the home.
Grade beam and caisson foundation repair is expensive. The caissons themselves are a good $10,000 each. If you have 3 caissons, put in, that’s a minimum of 30k. That’s not even factoring in:
- Labor Costs
- The Grade Beam itself
In contrast, the average foundation repair cost with Dalinghaus is $24,000 to $60,000.
We do foundation repair the right way. We believe in our process so much we have a lifetime warranty on all steel pier systems.
With over 100 years of combined experience and 4.9 stars out of 301 reviews – we are here to ensure that you never settle.
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