Foundation repairs are not “one size fits all” or even “one size fits most.” Every repair is unique, depending on what it is, where it’s located, and what might hinder the fix. For example, fixing hairline cracks might not take long, but that’s assuming they aren’t deep or in a location that is hard to reach. Foundation fixes can take anywhere from a few hours to weeks.
The Quickest Fix
If you address a problem as soon as you notice it, it likely will take less time to fix it. For example, calling in the pros to fill small cracks before those cracks increase in size is a good idea. It takes less time to fill a few shallow cracks than dealing with deeper ones down the road. Repairing minor cracks should take less than a day. However, don’t rush your specialist. Quicker doesn’t always mean better. You want a specialist that takes his or her time to do the job right the first time.
The Longest Fix
If your foundation is almost past the point of no return, it is going to take a lot of effort to make it stable again. This can involve redoing the foundation, which can take weeks—but you’ll likely have to leave your home and stay somewhere else while the repairs are done.
A host of things can slow down or delay foundation repairs. Tree and shrub roots require cutting and removal before professionals make repairs to the outside of a foundation. Frozen soil is not easy to work with; some experts may want to wait until the soil thaws before fixing foundation issues.
Plumbing and sewer pipes may be in the way of where the specialists want to dig. They have to work around the plumbing, or the pipes may need to be moved. This significantly increases the repair time’s duration. It also may take longer to fix things if the house is large. For example, larger square footage means there may be more cracks to repair or concrete to lift.
It can be hard to determine the exact extent of the damage water has done to your foundation. It may appear that the only issue is a few hairline cracks—but there may be damage you can’t see, such as on the outside of the basement or crawl space walls, hidden from view beneath the soil.
In addition to cracks and water spots, homeowners might notice cracked windows or doors that don’t latch. Long cracks might appear in the ceiling of the upper floors. All this means your house has shifted and needs to be lifted.
Lifting and support options include slabjacking or helical piers. Slabjacking is when experts drill holes into the concrete floor and inject expandable foam into the floor. The foam fills any spaces shifting soil leaves, raising and supporting the foundation. Helical piers are a support system involving steel beams outside the foundation used to shore up and provide added support to walls.
Can It Wait?
The short and only answer is “no.” Do not wait years after spotting a crack to have it looked at. You should get your foundation and walls waterproofed as soon as possible to avoid more severe damage— which will take longer to repair in the future. Specialists should do almost all the repairs; fixing a foundation is not a DIY job.
Acculevel Fixes It All
Acculevel is the Midwest’s finest basement and foundation repair expert. Specialists since 1996, our experienced and skilled staff wants to help you create the safest living environment possible. From filling cracks to slabjacking and certified mold remediation, we handle it all in as timely a manner as possible without sacrificing work integrity. If you live in the Midwest and need an expert opinion on your basement and foundation issues, contact us at (866) 669-3349 or email us at [email protected].