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House Foundation Repair Essentials for Every Homeowner

Cracked exterior bricks.

Have you spotted cracks in your home’s foundation? Or realize a piece of concrete by your front entrance is gone? House foundation repair ranks among the most daunting tasks for homeowners, crucial for preventing uneven settling that leads to substantial structural harm.

Typically, minor vertical cracks in the foundation don’t raise alarms. However, extensive horizontal or vertical fissures indicate serious foundation issues. Understanding the foundation repair process can offer peace of mind if you suspect your foundation requires attention.

Signs Your Foundation Needs Repair

All foundations settle over the course of time. Structural issues arise when a home settles unevenly. Uneven settling often occurs in homes built on expansive soil. When the soil experiences a change in moisture, the soil expands and contracts in different places. When the soil expands, it softens, causing part of the foundation to settle but not always the entire foundation. This uneven settling can cause cracks in the foundation and other damage.

In addition to being built on expansive soil, homes experience foundation issues from being built on improperly compacted fill soil or on an area with insufficient drainage. If you live in an area that experiences extreme seasonal changes or natural disasters like earthquakes, flooding, and drought, it is likely you will have issues with your foundation over time.

Finally, plumbing leaks and tree roots growing near your home can cause foundation problems as well.

1. Exterior Signs

Large exterior crack in stucco.

2. Interior Signs

What to Expect During the House Foundation Repair Process

Piers awaiting installation during foundation repair.

Heading into foundation repair can seem daunting, but knowing what to expect can make a big difference. In this section, we’ll break down the repair process for concrete slab issues and other foundation concerns. Our goal is to help you understand each step of the process, reducing stress and helping you set realistic expectations. You’ll learn about the methods professionals use to fix your foundation, giving you a clear picture of how your home will be brought back to its best condition.

Concrete Slab Repair

Issues with concrete slabs are addressed by driving piers into the ground beneath the foundation, utilizing hot-dip galvanized steel piers and a gas-powered hydraulic pump. The preferred types of piers for this process are helical and push piers.

  • Helical Piers: Steel-made and screw-shaped, they help distribute your home’s weight evenly over the foundation.
  • Push Piers: Hollow steel pipes pushed into the earth under the foundation until they hit bedrock.

Foundation Stabilization

Instead of raising and leveling the foundation, foundation stabilization focuses on strengthening the support structures to maintain the home’s existing position. This approach is typically adopted following recent renovations to prevent damage to newly completed work.

It’s recommended to undertake foundation repairs prior to any remodeling. Experts advise waiting two to three months after foundation repairs before starting renovations, giving the house time to adapt and settle.

How Much Does House Foundation Repair Cost?

Calculating the cost of foundation repair isn’t straightforward due to various influencing factors. The severity of the foundation damage, ease of access to the repair site, selected repair method, and additional services and fees play a role. This means the cost can vary significantly from one project to another.

That’s why we offer free estimates, which are provided after a complimentary inspection and proposal. This approach gives you a precise, detailed cost breakdown tailored to your specific needs, enabling you to make well-informed decisions. Reach out to us now to schedule your free inspection.

Will Insurance Cover House Foundation Repair?

It’s not straightforward to say if insurance will always cover the cost of foundation repair. In North Carolina, many homeowners’ insurance policies do cover foundation repair costs, but only in specific situations. Typically, these policies will cover repairs needed due to fire, explosions, or water damage.

Get House Foundation Repair Today!

Tar Heel Basement Systems house foundation repair inspector meeting with homeowner.

Noticing signs of foundation damage or concerned about your home’s structural integrity? Tar Heel Basement Systems is ready to assist with customized house foundation repair.

We provide thorough evaluations and customized solutions to fix problems and shield your home. Contact us today to schedule a no-cost inspection and receive a personalized repair plan. Act now to ensure your home’s safety.


Slab piers are designed specifically to stabilize and potentially lift slab foundations, offering a targeted solution that can address settlement issues effectively. They work by transferring the weight of your home to deeper, stable soil layers or bedrock, bypassing the unsettled and compromised soil that caused the issues in the first place.

Delaying foundation repair is generally not advisable as small issues can quickly escalate into more serious problems, potentially compromising the safety of the structure and increasing repair costs. However, it is understandable that circumstances might require you to delay repairs. Ideally, foundation repairs should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent further damage. Tar Heel Basement Systems is here to help assess the urgency of your repair needs and help you plan accordingly. 

Foundation repair can cause some disruption, but reputable companies like Tar Heel Basement Systems strive to minimize the inconvenience. Our team will work efficiently and ensure that your home is restored to its original condition as much as possible.

Phillip Mazzotta

Phillip Mazzotta

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