The Right Foundation Repair Company
All property owners will experience foundation problems at some point; the question remains that will I chose as an owner to properly address the problem I have. That can be problematic, because not all foundation repair companies are the same. Most companies are franchised or distributor based so that leads to consistency issues. Unlike McDonald's where you get the same product form all locations, foundation repair companies tend to skip from franchise to franchise looking for products that are cheaper to increase profit margins. This can create a problem down the road as an existing warranty issue creeps up.
Property owners should look to older repair companies who have been in business over thirty years, have minimal advertising, do not employ sales people, because they tend to be the least informed on construction principles and look only at the selling a job.. The older more experienced companies are generally family based, have a great "word of mouth" following and do a better job, because of their commitment to quality. When getting an estimate limit them to a maximum of three, because after the three you will be so confused you may end up doing nothing at all.
One should always look at the licensing the company may have. Most municipalities have been allowing companies with a Class "C" license to repair foundations. Truly this is an inadequate requirement, most of the companies who have this type of license are not experienced enough to truly determine build weigh loads, a "key" requirement in determining the: type, quantity and spacing of the piers that will be installed. Do not fall into the smoke and mirror trap where a company will bring in a laser to determine how much you foundation has settled. Lasers work on known elevations to accurately determine horizontal planes, i.e. levelness. If you allow yourself to get suckered into this slight-of-hand trick you will be forever at their mercy.
Finally, not all piering systems are created equally. A pier pipe diameter of.278" with a minimum wall thickness of.165 or greater will be a good place to start. The pier bracket (it attaches to your footing) should have at least 60 square inches of load bearing capacity. This is extremely important, because your building will be resting on this area for a long time. Avoiding concrete piers, steel/concrete pier segmented piers will also go a long way in keeping you a happy customer because they cannot achieve the proper load bearing depth of steel and helical piers.