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What Time of Year is Best for Foundation Repair?

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Your home relies on a solid foundation for support, making regular maintenance essential. If you notice cracks, uneven sidewalks, or sloping, it’s crucial to contact a professional.

This page explains the foundation repair process, the best time for these services, and why addressing foundation problems is a valuable home investment.

What is Foundation Repair?

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Foundation repair is simply the process by which a home’s foundation is restored after experiencing damage. Most often, foundation repair is needed when a home experiences extreme damage like settlement and sinking or structural issues like wall cracks and uneven floors.

However, even if your home hasn’t experienced any damage, it can still be beneficial to invest in foundation repair as a preventative measure this year so you can avoid foundation problem signs before they occur. 

What Time of Year is Best for Foundation Repair?

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Your area’s climate and the repair methods involved determine the best time to address foundation repair.

Spring rains may worsen foundation cracks, making this season a busy time for repairs. Summer’s hot, dry weather can cause soil shrinkage and pull away from the foundation, though extreme heat can hinder concrete curing.

Fall provides moderate temperatures and soil moisture, making it an ideal season for repairs. Winter’s freezing temperatures and harsh weather can complicate repairs, but qualified experts can still address problems if needed.

Does Foundation Repair Increase Home Value?

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According to Walt Keaveny, a specialist in risk management for 2-10 HBW (Home Buyers Warranty), 25% of U.S. homes experience structural damage in their lifetime, and 5% experience significant damage. 

He notes that foundations pose the highest risk for structural claim liability, with active soil and fill materials being the leading cause of damage.

Preventing structural damage is a major reason to invest in foundation repair, but the process also offers additional benefits, contributing to home value and safety.

What Are the Benefits of Foundation Repair?

The benefits of foundation repair include: 

1. Environmental Protection

Environmental factors, including expansive clay, silt, and peat soils, are among the leading causes of foundation damage. Soil erosion, flooding, drought, dry weather, and poorly compacted soil also contribute to foundation weakness.

Foundation repair protects your home against these natural elements. By fortifying your foundation with professional solutions, your home remains supported through virtually any seasonal condition.

Enhanced Home Value

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Did you know? Foundation damage reduces home value by an estimated 10% to 15%. 

Whether you’re selling your home or entering the housing market in the near future, investing in foundation repair enhances your home’s overall value, boosts curb appeal, and prevents damage from worsening.

Increased Health and Safety

Foundation repair increases home safety and health. Here’s how:

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Foundation repair increases your home’s health, safety, and comfort. Choosing Groundworks ensures you receive the highest quality and longest-lasting solutions.

The Groundworks Foundation Repair Solutions

Foundation repair is a valuable home investment, but it is not a DIY project. DIY projects often fail and do not provide long-term results. Instead, contact a foundation repair expert to ensure a safe, effective, and permanent result.

Groundworks offers the following foundation repair solutions:

Foundation Pier Systems

Pier systems are a type of underpinning available in three varieties: push piers, helical piers, and slab piers. These piers accomplish the same goal of providing robust foundational support, but each uses a slightly different design.  

Push Piers

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Push piers have a straight, galvanized steel rod design that is better suited for tight spaces and certain foundations. The rods are inserted deep below the ground directly into load-bearing strata, like bedrock, to extend the foundation, evenly distributing the load above and over a larger surface. 

Using special brackets, push piers attach directly to the foundation footing and hydraulically counteract settlement and sinking.

Helical Piers

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Helical piers contain screw-like helical blades along a steel rod. These piers screw deep into the sub-surface soil to provide robust support. Helical piers go far enough to reach bedrock, providing additional reinforced support for your foundation.  

Slab Piers

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Slab piers are installed directly underneath concrete slab foundations. Our team drills a hole in the concrete slab and inserts the pier into the soil below. 

Like the other pier systems, slab piers reach load-bearing strata and redistribute foundation loads to ensure strong support. 

Wall Anchors

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Wall anchors protect basement foundations by preventing below-ground water pressure from heavy rain or snowmelt.  

Wall anchors utilize a tension rod connected between two heavy-duty steel plates—one attached to the basement wall and the other anchored in undisturbed soil away from the foundation. Wall anchors keep basement walls straight and supported regardless of pressure or underground soil conditions. 

Carbon Fiber Wall Reinforcement

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Carbon fiber is ten times stronger than steel, so utilizing carbon fiber wall reinforcements provides excellent basement wall support.

However, carbon fiber reinforcement is best suited for basement walls showing less severe damage, such as slight cracks or bowing.

Crawl Space Support Jacks

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If your home has a crawl space foundation and you observe sagging floors or wall or floor gaps, the SettleStop IntelliJack™ crawl space jacks may be the solution you need.

Most crawl space foundation damage is caused by inadequate support from floor joists below the home. These galvanized steel crawl space supports are designed to transfer your home’s weight onto a stable load, and each support has a holding capacity of more than 24,000 pounds.

Additional Ways to Support Your Home’s Foundation

There are several additional methods to support your home’s foundation, including:

Groundworks Protects Your Foundation and Your Home

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Regardless of the season, foundation repair is essential for protecting the safety and health of your family and the value of your home.

Groundworks provides industry-leading foundation repair services tailored to your home’s needs. Contact your local Groundworks company for a free inspection to begin safeguarding what matters most.

Michael Wilcher

Michael Wilcher

Michael Wilcher is the Content Lead at Groundworks, helping us to answer all of our customers biggest questions about foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, and concrete lifting. In his free time, Michael enjoys collecting vinyl records, watching Formula 1 Racing, and reading philosophy. He holds an MPhil from the University of Cambridge.

Foundation Repair FAQs

Groundworks’ solutions are made to last long-term. When you have your foundation repaired by us, it comes with a lifetime warranty of the home. This warranty is transferrable to new homeowners should you decide to sell your house. 

Foundation settlement can be a serious concern, as it may lead to significant structural damage if not addressed promptly. How serious? That depends on factors like how long the issues have been going on. Neglecting foundation issues results in visible structural damage and potential safety risks for the home’s occupants. Contact an expert for an inspection to assess the status of your home’s foundation.

Major foundation repairs should be entrusted to professionals, given their experience, equipment, and knowledge of safety protocols. Unless it’s a minor issue, relying on experts ensures the job is done effectively. While cost may be a consideration, hiring a foundation professional is a wise investment that can save money in the long run.