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Sgt. Pepper13 04-23-2013 07:36 PM

Problem with sinking foundation?
I know this is supposed to be DIY but I'm looking for advice on my problem. So about a year and change ago, I noticed that the chimney and bricks on one side of the house were pulling away. I talked to a few people and they said the foundation was probably settling. I got a free estimate from a company that supposedly drills down to the bedrock and places haydraulic piers under the foundation and lifts it back up. The estimate was for $9,999. So I have a few questions (please try to answer based on the vague info given);

1. Is this the standard way of raising the house back up?
2. If we don't raise it, will it continue to settle?
3. Does that price seem reasonable for the work involved?
4. Does a structural engineer need to be consulted before proceeding?
5. I assume the brick won't lay back down flush, so is it safe to assume it will have to be removed?

Any help would be much appreciated!

joecaption 04-23-2013 07:49 PM

Need to post some pictures.
Need to get some more prices.

GBrackins 04-23-2013 07:52 PM

Welcome to the Forum!

I would consult a structural engineer to have them evaluate your home. Remember, they don't have a product to sell you and will prepare a proper course of action to fix what is wrong.

just my thoughts ...... Good luck!

Canarywood1 04-23-2013 10:51 PM

Yes Hydraulic piers or helical piers are the standard way of raising foundations,but they don't go down to bed rock, anywhere fron 5 to 40 feet would be the norm,but if it were me i'd get hold of a structual engineer as Gary suggested as a first step,thats his area of expertise and he will determine the best way to proceed.

r0ckstarr 04-23-2013 11:53 PM

I second Joe, and 3rd Gary and Canary.

Sgt. Pepper13 04-24-2013 06:30 AM

Thanks guys. Sounds like a plan.

stadry 04-24-2013 10:02 PM

while i'm not a fan of push piers, ea has its best application,,, helical piers rock & we've done both :thumbup:

Sgt. Pepper13 04-25-2013 06:03 AM


Originally Posted by itsreallyconc (Post 1166613)
while i'm not a fan of push piers, ea has its best application,,, helical piers rock & we've done both :thumbup:

Can you elaborate please? Don't understand what you mean.

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