Frequently Asked Questions
- How much does Pro-Select Foundation Repairs charge for an estimate and what is involved?
- How do I know that my repair plan is the correct one?
- How long will my foundation repairs take?
- What type of warranty does Pro-Select Foundation Repairs offer?
- Will my landscape be damaged?
- How does Foundation Repairs affect my plumbing?
- Will fixing my foundation close the existing cracks or open new ones?
- How long after the repairs should I wait to fix my mortar and drywall cracks?
- Will I be able to sell my home after the repairs are done?
Q: How much does Pro-Select Foundation Repairs charge for an estimate and what is involved?
A: Estimates are always free for homeowners. After you call the office and set an appointment, an estimator will come to your home. He will draw a map of your property and visually inspect the interior and exterior of the home, noting all signs of stress. He will then take an electronic elevation survey using Compu Level. He can then develop a contour of your foundation and develop a diagnosis and if necessary an appropriate repair plan.
Q: How do I know that my repair plan is the correct one?
A: Pro-Select Foundation Repairs recommends and includes in most cases, with bid, 3rd party Structural Engineers reports before and after the work has been done. The engineer will confirm the repair plan and then certify the repairs are completed and the house has been repaired.
Q: How long will my foundation repairs take?
A: The average job takes 1-2 days. Depending on the scope of work, the time frame may be greater
Q: What type of warranty does Pro-Select Foundation Repairs offer?
A: Read our Warranty Page
Q: Will my landscape be damaged?
A: The methods Pro-Select Foundation Repairs uses to install their pilings will cause minimal damage to the landscape. However, if a bush needs to be removed, every effort will be used to ensure their survival.
Q: How does Foundation Repairs affect my plumbing?
A: Any time a slab foundation settles the plumbing pipes which are underneath and attached to the foundation can be damaged. They can also be damaged when you lift a house back towards its original position. Therefore, Pro-Select Foundation Repairs recommends and can include a 3rd party Master plumber to test the plumbing before and/or after a job is completed.
Q: Will fixing my foundation close the existing cracks or open new ones?
A: It is possible to do both. The goal of foundation repairs is to return the house to as near its original horizontal position while trying to limit damage to the home.
Brick Cracks - the stair step brick cracks that you typically see on houses where the foundation has failed will generally close up when you lift the slab back into place. There is no guarantee that the cracks will close because each home is different and there are other factors that have more to do with the construction of the home.
Some small new drywall cracks are more common
Q: How long after the repairs should I wait to fix my mortar and drywall cracks?
A: Your wait will depend on how much the house has been lifted. The slab should not move after it has been lifted but the walls may need time to adjust to their new position. A general rule-of-thumb would be to wait 2-3 weeks after repairs are completed.
Q: Will I be able to sell my home after the repairs are done?
A: Yes, all methods used by Pro-Select Foundation Repairs are HUD, FHA & VA approved. When you are ready to sell your home you will need to disclose the foundation repairs and show the engineers reports and warranty to your buyers. Your Real Estate Professional can assist you with this process.