July 2017 - Carolina Foundation

Jul 20
#FoundationFactFriday: How much does foundation repair cost?

Foundation Fact: The national average for foundation repair is $4,436 with some homeowners paying as much as $10,000. 

In our installments of #FoundationFactFriday, we began with the basics discussing weight of homes and foundations, foundation types, types of soils that effect foundations and common causes of foundations such as cracks and now it’s time to get into the specifics. If you find yourself in need of foundation repair, how much does a service like this cost? 

Foundation repair is often cited as one of the top ten most costly home repairs. The average repair cost is $4,436, but can tally upwards to $10,000 or more.

What is included in this cost: 

  • Structural/Geo-technical Engineer Report: $300 – $500 on average (with upper end scaling $1,000+)
  • Building Permit (if required): $75-$150 
  • Hidden Obstacles (old repair methods, extra-deep footings, or tree roots): $1,000 – $2,500
  • Pier/Pile Repair:$1,200 + 

In addition to these costs, overages need to be considered for occurences, such as more material needed, drilling deeper snd additional work time to name a few. Moreover, home re-sell value must be considered in accordance with the foundation repair cost. Foundation damage often reduces home values 10-15% if left unaddressed. In order to not break the bank, it is important to protect your biggest investment by taking preventative measures to avoid foundation repair. 

Preventative measures to avoid foundation damage: 

  • Ensure proper grading
  • Monitor drainage by cleaning gutters and down spouts
  • Maintain mositure around your house dependent on wet and dry weather conditions 
  • Landscape properly planting trees and shrubs far away from the home

 Preventative measures are not fool proof and homeowners can still find themselves experiencing foundation issues. If this is the case it is important to be proactive and swift moving when you notice signs and symptoms of foundation damage, such as cracking. 

Call our foundation experts, who will save you money on the front end by providing you a FREE assessment. Schedule your appointment by calling us at 877-770-7050 or fill out this form. Carolina Foundation Solutions recognizes the concern and the anxiety that surrounds foundation issues. Our objective is to help educate, offer guidance and provide assistance. To make the process as easy as possible and take off some of the burden on your wallet, we offer financing options including same-as-cash loans and traditional low fixed interest rate loans. Learn more here

Jul 10
Carolina Foundation Solutions Expands Sales Team

Carolina Foundation Solutions, LLC (CFS) announced today two new appointments to their sales team of staff members. Brittany Cates and Robert Forquer have been added as full-time staff members.

Cates joined the CFS team as a Customer Service Representative working from the organization headquarters in Burlington, N.C. Previously, Cates was employed at Music & Arts as store manager overseeing customer service, sales and educational events. Cates holds a bachelor’s degree from Greensboro College and brings nearly 7 years of customer service and sales experience. Cates will assist the organization with leads management and customer nurturing.

Robert Forquer joined the CFS team in July 2017 as Technical Sales Consultant and is located at the Charlotte, N.C. office. Previously, Forquer was employed at Axion Foundations, LLC as operations manager and most recently as supervisor. Forquer brings several years of direct industry experience and will assist the assist the organization with customer acquisition within a 70-mile radius of the Charlotte territory.

“We are excited to grow our sales operations,” said Chet Miller, president and owner of Carolina Foundation Solutions, LLC. “Their respective talents and expertise will help us better serve our customers and expand our business in North and South Carolina.”

Jul 6
#FoundationFactFriday: What are cracks for concern?

Foundation Fact: 66% of all foundations crack within the first year of being poured.

In previous installments of #FoundationFactFriday, we’ve learned about the weight of both a home and foundation including types of foundations and products to fix related settlment issues. Moreover, we’ve discussed the dirty details of expansive soils and its effect on foundations. CFS is dedicated to educating and assisting homeowners from the ground up. Now that we’ve learned the basic of foundations and soil types, let’s get to the causes of foundation issues.

Most homeowners assume there can be only one issue with a home’s foundation: a crack. A crack is only the beginning, as there are are many different types of cracks in many places and each crack should receive the appropriate repair. Turning a blind eye and failing to fix a crack can lead to some of the most costly expenses our homes can incur. A crack discovery can also end a pending home sale in a snap.

A cracked or settling foundation results from one of several common issues, and cracks can be located in several surfaces, such as bricks, mortar joints, walls, concrete slabs, doors, windows and even sloping floors. Concrete floors can also sink or crack over time. Cracks that result from a foundation’s settlement—a condition that strikes fear in the homeowner—can often be repaired at lower cost and with less inconvenience than most people imagine.

Cracks for concern: 

  • Stair Step or Diagnol Cracks – Among the most common of foundation cracks. These are often found in masonry in the mortar joints between bricks. These cracks point to a portion of the foundation that is settling unevenly, such as a corner that is sinking or settling in relation to the rest of the slab. If these cracks are 1/4 of an inch or larger consult an expert to assess the potential damage. 
  • Vertical Cracks – There are several different types of vertical cracks that can mean different issues for your foundation. Smaller, hairline vertical cracks often can happen after building a home due to initial settlement, but can worsen as time passes. While it always a good ideal to consult a professional to inspect any foundation cracks, these cracks are generally minor. Wide cracks, especially with varying widths at the top or bottom, point to serious issues that need to be seen to immediately. If the crack runs at a rough 45 degree angle or slant, discuss this symptom with an expert. 
  • Horizontal Cracks – Horizontal cracks along the foundation wall are often classified as the most seruous type of crack. These cracks indicate that the structural integrity of the wall has been compromised due to hydrostatic pressure from expansive soils. The strong force of the pressure can cause walls to bow or buckle, and is a leading cause of foundation cracks and water seeping in. 

General rule of thumb: If you can fit a dime in the crack, get it checked out. 


Call our experts at 877-770-7050 or visit us here to schedule a FREE assessment to protect your home from cracks and get peace of mind.

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