If you've recently learned that your home needs foundation repairs, then you may be wondering what to expect from the process. While exact foundation repair steps can vary from one company to the next, most residential foundation repair jobs are performed in more or less the same manner. If you have any specific questions about your repair, be sure to contact your foundation specialist. Otherwise, though, there are a few things you can expect before, during, and after the repairs are completed.
Before Crews Arrive
This is something that your foundation repair company should discuss with you before your scheduled appointment, but it is worth repeating. Because most foundation repair involves some digging and drilling, there's a good chance that the landscaping around the perimeter of your home may be damaged. With this in mind, it's a good idea to relocate any plants or landscaping that you would like to protect before crews arrive. Likewise, you'll want to bring in any potted plants and move any large items (such as patio furniture) that may get in the way.
During the Repair
On the day of the repair, you'll likely need to vacate your home, although your repair specialists should be in close contact with you throughout the day to provide you with updates. In concrete slab foundation repairs, it is not uncommon for plumbing interruptions to occur, though plumbing can typically be restored the same day. In many cases, a foundation repair project can be completed in one day, but your repair company will let you know if there are any delays or if your project is expected to take longer so you can plan accordingly.
After Foundation Repair
After your home's foundation is repaired, you'll be asked to keep an eye out for any new cracks that may form in your home's drywall. Typically, new cracks are actually a good sign because they indicate that your home is settling back into the proper position. Before you perform any drywall crack repairs, your foundation specialists may ask you to wait a few weeks so they can perform a reassessment of your property and make sure everything looks as it should.
Dealing with foundation problems in your home can be stressful, but the right foundation repair company can make all the difference. And of course, by knowing what to expect along the way, you can take some of the mystery out of the entire process.
To learn more, contact a foundation repair contractor.