In 2006 I had my home partially leveled by a foundation company who used piers. They had to come back and redo it as a crack appeared in the bathroom. Then in 2013 they came back because there was cracks in the master bedroom. They had to put four holes in the porch and run more piling down and replace the tile.
In 2006 the grout separated from the tile all over the kitchen and that was fixed, but then we had the same issue in the backup bedroom. Doors are sticking. The foundation company wants to redo the old piers and and add 34 new ones so the entire house is level. I also hired a structural engineer who said that the front of the house is five inches higher than the back of the house and is moving. He suggested root barriers and to check for leaks underneath. People across the street in our neighborhood are having issues. Three of them are having partial leveling, floors are buckling and our street has voids in it.
I don’t know what to do. Should I have all three things done to save my home? (leveling it, root barriers and check for leaks… I did have to replace the sewer system when it’s water came up through the bathroom floor)
I have no one to advise me because my husband is very ill and I have no children to lean on.
Tom: Have a camera run down the pipes to make sure the pipes are clean. That is not a big deal. Not a big experience. Call Abacus to do that. Don’t worry about the root barrier right now. That can come later if it is necessary, but it sounds like the partial repair is never usually a good idea unless it is something very minor, and I think a full repair is going to need to be done.
Would I use the same company, I don’t know. I don’t know that company, but you can certainly have him come on and give you an estimate, and I would have some other estimates of a full repair on the house done by Du-West Foundation Repair and maybe some others so you can get a good idea of what everybody is telling you. Don’t tell the other companies what the other ones say, keep it to yourself.
Everything put in writing and then if you have some questions about it before you act you can call us or write us and of course there is no such thing as emergency foundation repair. That’s just cosmetic right now and you are perfectly safe and sound and everything is good out there.
Charlie: Take care Milly.
Tom: Yeah, no, just go slow, don’t panic. That is what people do is, they panic.
Charlie: That’s right, so Milly just relax and [crosstalk 00:00:57].
Tom: We will do it for you.