Foundation repair is a complicated business, full of industry short-hand and intricate repair methods. Obviously, you can’t be expected to just know how the entire foundation repair process will unfold. There is discomfort and apprehension in anticipating the unknown.
Here at Dalinghaus, we provide a repair plan walkthrough following your inspection to cover the project and any questions you might have. We do our best to communicate everything upfront in crystal clear terms.
We have over 100 years of collective foundation repair experience and have completed thousands of foundation repairs. We wrote this article to put your fear and apprehension of the foundation repair process to rest.
In this article, we will cover:
- What is a repair plan walkthrough?
- Repair plan walkthrough basics
You will learn what to expect during your repair plan walkthrough and how to prepare for your foundation repair.
Repair Plan Walkthroughs (from Pier Locations to Utilities)
What is a repair plan walkthrough?
You receive a repair plan/proposal following your foundation inspection. This repair plan covers the angle of attack, so to speak – whether you’ll be utilizing push piers, helical piers, or polyurethane, and so on.
To know exactly how to read your repair plan/proposal, check out our article How to Read Your Dalinghaus Proposal.
A repair plan walkthrough is when a foundation repair specialist covers the scope of your foundation repair plan, either by phone or in person. These walkthroughs can cover everything from the production process to the terms and agreements of your contract.
Repair walkthroughs are the perfect opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding the entire process. Questions we often receive include:
- What time will the production team arrive?
- How long will the repair project take?
- Will you have to tear into my flowerbeds?
- When do I have to be on-site?
Our foundation repair specialists are happy to answer these questions, and more. In fact, we answer these questions on such a regular basis we have answered them all in our blog post 25 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Foundation Repair Contractor.
You should read the article above to learn what questions, exactly, you should ask your foundation repair contractor.
There may even be some questions you haven’t even thought of in the article. This will help give you a well-rounded understanding of the foundation repair system.
Repair Plan Walkthrough Basics
Repair plan walkthroughs cover project logistics and set expectations. They usually address what you, as the homeowner, may need to do in preparation for the repair. Such as moving pool equipment, patio furniture, and keeping your dog inside, etc.
Utilities are often a major area of concern for homeowners. Foundation repair requires excavation, which means maneuvering around water, sewer, and gas lines. In California, we utilize Dig Alert, a state agency that provides digging guidelines and utility location blueprints, before shovels hit dirt.
In Arizona, we use Arizona 811 for similar state guidelines.
Bushes and flowerbeds are also a concern if they border the affected area. Occasionally, bushes need to be temporarily removed to access your foundation’s footing. Access to the footing is required for push pier and helical pier installation.
The installation locations are also evaluated as our foundation repair specialists explain how many piers will be utilized per section and why. For example, 3-4 piers may be required for a fireplace due to the heavy weight of the brick.
In short – utilities, patio furniture logistics, flowerbeds, and pier locations are all prime examples of what we cover during our repair plan walkthrough.
Where Do You Go from Here?
In this article, you learned that repair plan walkthroughs provide the perfect opportunity for a Q&A session with your foundation repair specialist, and you learned the basics of what will be covered.
We suggest, following your repair plan walkthrough, that you read the article mentioned above:
This article explains your Dalinghaus proposal in-depth and highlights important sections, so you know what to expect after you sign the dotted line.
We have over 100 years of combined experience and love to educate the public on all things regarding foundation repair.
If you haven’t had a foundation repair inspection yet, click on the link below to get started on your foundation repair journey.
Check out our post: Why Do We Send Out Information to You Prior to Your Inspection?