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Covering Six More Common Questions About Foundation Repair in Mississippi

Updated: Apr 26


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We have previously covered six common questions that we hear from customers when it comes to foundation issues. We know that dealing with foundation problems can be a headache, but there are easier solutions, and we are here to help. Fortunately, most foundation issues can be corrected with little disruption to your property and life.

 

Below are six additional questions we often get asked and our responses. For a free quote on foundation repair in Mississippi, be sure to call the experts from Foremost Foundations and Construction. We will conduct a full assessment and provide you with an accurate estimate for your project.

 

1. When should you walk away from foundation problems?

 

If you are planning to buy a house that has foundation problems, it can be difficult to know when to walk away. Not every foundation issue needs to be a deal breaker. Most of the time, foundation problems can be repaired without a replacement. We recommend walking away when the damage is extensive, or the damage will cost a lot of money to fix.

 

If it’s your current house that has the problem, you shouldn’t have to walk away. Remember, foundation issues can almost always be fixed, and catching problems sooner rather than later can help you save money. If you can’t afford the repairs and don’t care to live in your home any longer, you can sell it as-is for a discounted price, and the new owner can address the foundation problems.

 

2. Does insurance cover foundation cracks?

 

Generally speaking, homeowners insurance does not cover foundation cracks. These policies usually only cover foundation cracking when it’s caused by a covered peril, such as fire, vandalism, falling objects or certain natural disasters. They typically do not cover foundation cracks that occur from normal wear and tear, insufficient maintenance, or ground setting, which are the more common causes.

 

3. Can a house collapse from foundation issues?

 

Yes, it is possible for a house to collapse from foundation problems. However, this usually takes many years, and there are signs that you will notice beforehand, giving you the opportunity to repair them. Even if one wall does come down, it’s not likely to take out the whole house. But, if you notice signs like cracks in the exterior of the house, cracks in the drywall and windows and doors sticking, schedule an inspection immediately.

 

4. What time of year is best for foundation repair?

 

There is no “best” time of year for foundation repair for every house, as it’s not solely weather dependent. It’s really contingent on the extent of the damage and your home’s needs. That being said, many experts recommend winter as the best time of year to make repairs - from mid-December to March. The reason for this is that the ground is colder, making your foundation more stable.

 

5. What is the most common foundation failure?

 

The most common foundation failure is due to water. During hot, dry weather, the soil under your foundation shrinks. This causes the soil to pull away from the foundation, making it unstable and more inclined to shift. Foundation problems can also be caused by having too much water. When this happens, the soil swells and expands, pushing upward on the foundation. Other causes of foundation failure include poor soil conditions, tree roots and improper grading.

 

6. What is the most expensive foundation repair?

 

Underpinning is one of the most expensive ways to repair a foundation. It involves raising the foundation and installing piers underground to lift and support the foundation. Mudjacking or slab jacking is a method that levels settled concrete using sand, soil, and water, and it’s one of the more affordable options. Polyjacking is also affordable and dries much faster so there’s minimal disruption to your life.

 

If you need to schedule foundation repair in Mississippi, contact the experts at Foremost Foundations and Construction. Our technicians will do a full inspection and determine the best route of repair while keeping your needs and budget in mind.

 

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