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Written By Todays Homeowner Local Pros
Last Updated June 2023
When there are problems with your house's foundation, you could be on the one hand concerned about the short-term cost of repairs and on the other about the long-term cost of putting them off. If you live in an area (like Paragould) that gets a good deal of rain, you might be more at risk of issues like water leaking into foundation cracks.
Never fear — our guide to the best foundation repair companies in Paragould will get you connected with top professionals who can get the job done right.
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Today's Homeowner looks at dozens of datapoints on foundation companies to come up with our data-driven rankings. It's not possible for a company to pay for preferential treatment in our rankings. We look at the following key factors in determining who should top our list:
If your foundation needs repairs, it may manifest in a number of ways. Outside, you might see a crumbling or cracking foundation or a cracked driveway. Your ground floor might have uneven or cracked floors. You might notice doors or windows that are sticking in their frames, or that the frames are skewed. You may also notice cracking, buckling, or bowing walls.
The total cost of foundation repair depends on a number of factors. Things like the extent of the damage, the size of your home, and the type of repair needed will all play a part. On average, Paragould homeowners spend roughly $2,659. The best way to learn how much a job could cost is to contact a local foundation repair expert and schedule a free inspection and estimate.
Click here for a more thorough breakdown of the cost of foundation repair in Arkansas.
The main types of foundation repair are crack repair, leak repair, underpinning, stabilization, and waterproofing.
Crack repair and leak repair are exactly as they sound: your foundation contractor will perform an inspection and complete any repairs necessary to remedy cracks or leaks. Costs will vary based on the size and cause of the issue.
Underpinning, also called leveling or piering, is when a contractor levels your foundation by underpinning it with large concrete piers. The cost will depend on how many piers are used. The price of stabilization varies similarly. This process reinforces bowing walls with steel or carbon fiber strips, and the cost will depend on what material and how many strips are used.
Lastly, waterproofing is an overarching term for a number of jobs that help stop water from getting into your foundation or basement. This can include interior waterproofing, exterior waterproofing, or both, and costs can vary greatly. We recommend contacting a waterproofing specialist if you're interested in waterproofing your foundation.
If you're building a new home, have a soil report done. A soil report will contain information about how well the soil on a given piece of land can support a foundation, and can provide you with a heads-up about any potential future issues. If your concerns are about an existing home, a few hundred dollars will cover an inspection and report by a structural engineer. The engineer can point you to any issues that need attention, and advise you on how to avoid future problems.
It's also important that the moisture around your foundation is appropriate, particularly when the weather gets hot. As Paragould sees more rain than many other places, keep an eye on your gutters and landscaping to make sure too much water isn't getting into your soil or foundation. Also, be on the lookout for leaky pipes or gutters and repair them quickly.
Usually, your foundation repair technician will be licensed as a general contractor. General contractors in Arkansas are licensed through the Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board. For most home improvement projects, your contractor will probably have a Residential Builders License. To get licensed, a contractor must pass a business and law exam, provide references, and, if they have employees, provide evidence of workers' compensation insurance. There may be additional requirements for contractors to do certain work with concrete.
In general, home insurance doesn't cover foundation repairs, except for those done to repair damage caused by a covered weather event. It is a good idea to talk to your home insurance company before beginning any foundation repairs.