Discovering that your home has developed some foundation damage can be pretty alarming news. Foundation repairs can be quite costly, particularly when the problem is not caught at the beginning stages. The repairs that are made need to be done correctly, to provide long-term corrections for the problem. This means finding and hiring the right home foundation repair specialist. Here are some tips to help you choose the right one.
As you begin the process of selecting a foundation repair expert, start by learning as much as you can about different methods that are used to repair damage such as yours. You should at least have an idea of what it is going to take to fix your foundation, and what methods are recognized as being the most effective. Cheap prices should not be the only criteria that you consider. You usually get what you pay for.
The International Code Council Evaluation Services (ICC-ES) is a non-profit organization that was formed to provide some standardization to repair methods and building code compliance. The organization evaluates foundation repair methods to determine their effectiveness in correcting the issue and for complying with building codes. Narrow your search by including only those repair specialists whose repair methods have been evaluated by the ICC-ES.
Hydraulic Piling Clause
Be wary of any repair specialist that doesn’t have a clause in their contract that limits the depth of the hydraulic piling. Most reputable specialists limit the depth to a maximum of about 30 feet, and if it’s necessary to go deeper they will tack on additional charges up to $30 per foot. While it may appear on the surface that you’ll benefit by hiring a specialist that doesn’t limit the depth, it’s very unlikely that the specialist will continue beyond 30 feet because to do so would result in a loss for him. Most likely, he’ll quit at around 30 feet, and end the job without properly completing it.
Whether you hire a large company or an independent repair specialist, you should ask about on-going training. There are always innovations in foundation repair being made, so it’s important to choose a repair specialist who keeps up to date on the latest methods and technologies. Also, ask about certifications, and don’t be afraid to ask to see their certification cards. Ask about how they maintain their certification. The goal here is to determine whether or not the repair specialist has an interest in his continuous development and improvement as a repair specialist.
All warranties do not provide the same value and benefits to the customer. Pay particular attention to the details in the warranty to make sure that the terms are acceptable to you. Compare warranties between two or more repair specialists to determine which ones offer the best warranties. Remember, however, that the warranty is only as strong as the company that backs it. National repair companies, or local businesses that have been operating in the area for a long time, are going to be the most trustworthy. Also, ask what happens if the company goes out of business. There should be a plan to provide warranty service in place.
When it comes to your foundation repairs, there is too much riding on it to take chances that the person that you hire to do the job will cut corners. Stay clear of any repair specialist that doesn’t meet these expectations, and don’t accept any excuses. James Belville is one concrete and foundation repair specialist that prides himself on providing top-notch, cutting-edge repair services for his clients. Give him a call today to learn more!