Should I Repair My Foundation Or Replace It?
Many homeowners feel that if their foundation is cracked or damaged, the logical thing to do is to replace it. However, as with most home repairs, it’s important to consider ALL your options if you want to get the most for your money and the least disruption of daily family life.
Whether you choose to repair or replace the foundation, this is a job you’ll only want to take care of once. The most important thing is to find an effective, permanent solution from a contractor you can trust.
At Foundation Systems of Michigan, we’d like to help you find the best solution to your foundation problem. We can perform a comprehensive inspection of your foundation, providing a professional consultation and a written cost quote.
Call or e-mail us today to schedule your free quote! We proudly serve Metro Detroit, Ann Arbor, Saginaw, Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Muskegon, Jackson, Troy, Bloomfield Hills, Sterling Heights, Charlevoix, Flint, Clio, Gaylord, Madison Heights, Midland, Lexington, Mt. Pleasant, Adrian, and the surrounding areas in Michigan.
What’s Causing My Foundation Problem?
In a nutshell, foundation settlement is the movement your home experiences when the soil beneath it shrinks, settles, or can no longer support the structure’s weight.
Changes that occur in those soils — such as drying & shrinking, wetting & softening, compacting and swelling — all affect the stability, strength and overall condition of your foundation.
A foundation with bowing, buckling walls is demonstrating the damage caused by expansive soils. When clay-rich soils absorb moisture, their volume increases dramatically.
This can increase pressure on your home’s foundation walls by thousands of pounds, causing walls to bow and buckle inward.
A home that is experiencing foundation issues is not likely to get better on its own. As the constant cycle of wet and dry periods continues, your home is likely to experience damage on a continuing basis.The sooner the problem is addressed, the better.
With total foundation replacement, heavy equipment is brought in to totally excavate the soil around your home and expose the foundation.
Anything around the foundation — such as porches, steps, gardens, walkways, and foliage — would be removed.
The house would need to be “jacked up” on temporary supports as the foundation walls and slab floor and are removed. After the new foundation is built, the house is lowered into place, the soil is replaced and the landscape details are restored as much as possible.
This process is disruptive, time-consuming, and much more expensive than foundation repair.
Following a thorough foundation inspection, the foundation repair contractor will explain how and why the damage occurred, and how specialized materials and techniques can be used to make permanent repairs.
There are a variety of solutions that can be applied. If you have buckling foundation walls, for example, foundation wall anchors may be suggested as the solution. Foundation settlement issues are often solved with foundation piers.
Foundation repair can be performed year-round, and many repairs just take a day to complete. Our foundation products include a 25-year written warranty, as well as our own performance warranty.
More about our foundation repair products.
Repair The Foundation Or Replace It?
While there are some extreme cases where a foundation just can’t be fixed, we recommend repairing the foundation whenever possible.
Not only is choosing to total foundation replacement extremely disruptive and expensive, it doesn’t address the source of the problem: your foundation soils.
Since you’ve built a new foundation on the same troublesome soil, you can expect the same behavior from that soil — the kind that will “break” your new foundation just like it did the old one!
What Makes Foundation Repair Better?
A reliable foundation contractor will do more than simply repair a damaged foundation. Their repair strategy will take problematic soils and site conditions into consideration so that the original problems cannot recur.
Wall anchors reach beyond foundation walls, using the soils outside of your foundation to anchor the walls and counteract inward pressure.
WHY CHOOSE US?
Since 2007, Foundation Systems of Michigan has been Michigan’s most trusted foundation repair contractor. We have grown and continue to grow as a leader in the industry because of our outstanding reputation. We have earned this reputation year after year, one job at a time, and we work hard every day to maintain that reputation. We don’t just fix foundations – we help people. Restoring your peace of mind, and protecting your home.
Our Customers Trust Us
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Chris did a great job today checking our crawl space for changes since we had it incapsulated last year. He also is providing a quote for our other cottage crawl space. Awesome job thanksView review Read Daniel Johnson's review for Foundation Systems of Michigan
My work crew was on time and friendly. The crew consisted of Miguel A, Dylan E and Noel G. My salesman was Mark M. They repaired damaged beams in my crawl space and encapsulated it. I also had electrical work done.View review Read Deborah Caine's review for Foundation Systems of Michigan
Even though I have not gotten the service yet . Mike was very informative and I learned alot in his inspection of my basement. I will be recommending and using this company’s service.View review Read Jenna Saunders's review for Foundation Systems of Michigan
Kyle was awesome. Helpful, knowledgeable, tried his best to work on the issues my house had, and even though we couldn’t find the perfect solution, he pointed me in the right direction. Would work with this company again 100%.View review Read Bethany Caccamo's review for Foundation Systems of Michigan
I am just getting started on my journey with FSM. So far I am very impressed! I called yesterday and was able to get an appointment this morning! Super quick response! Kyle M. And Mike B. came to do the initial inspection. They were on time which I…View review Read Tobi Gaff's review for Foundation Systems of Michigan
Derek Clay was very good at explaining everything and made the yearly evaluation very useful.View review Read Todd Gutt's review for Foundation Systems of Michigan
I really appreciated the service the company provided. Micheal B was extremely professional and went above and beyond to ensure he could meet at a time that worked best for my family when there was a scheduling conflict. This company will get…View review Read Allison Marston's review for Foundation Systems of Michigan
Mark Dunbar was EXCELLENT AND VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE!!! HE was here the same day I called but unfortunately my issue wasn’t a “foundation” issue but he gave me the resources to figure out my problem!! Couldn’t have asked for anything more!…View review Read Emily B.'s review for Foundation Systems of Michigan
SEE COMMENT BELOW THIS ONE. Chris P., Chad B., Mike T., and David were a Professional team. Had Crawl Space Waterproofing installed. They took time to answer questions. They had a great rapport among themselves and me as the customer. They went…View review Read Rachel I's review for Foundation Systems of Michigan
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FSM crew cleaned up our crawl space and installed insulation. Jacob S, Harold M, and Robert T. did an excellent job. Jacob in particular was extremely courteous, thorough, and helpful. Highly recommended.View review Read Mark's review for Foundation Systems of Michigan
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FSM was outstanding to work with! Ben was super informative, honest with us and we felt confident we made the right decision to schedule with FSM to have our Crawl Space encapsulated. The crew showed up to do the dirty work with so much…View review Read Jennifer Diller's review for Foundation Systems of Michigan
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I have had one problem after another. I am still waiting for them to fix the work they did wrong and pay for damages they made on stuff they should not have touched….Update the job is finished and FSM has agreed to correct the issues and came out…View review Read Joel Marchio's review for Foundation Systems of Michigan