What is a Raised Foundation?

Foundations generally come in two types: directly on the ground (slab foundations) or elevated off the ground (basement, crawlspace, etc.). For homes with raised foundations, your floor sits on a perimeter wall (stem wall) and is supported by horizontal beams that are reinforced in the center by vertical posts or piers. Posts and piers may be made of concrete or wood. Raised foundations are better suited for areas that are prone to flooding and earthquakes.

Raised Foundation Warning Signs

When the ground underneath the stem wall or the posts settles too much or sinks, the foundation can shift, causing telltale signs. These are the most common raised foundation warning signs:
1. Cracks in the stem wall
2. Cracks in the exterior walls of the home
3. Cracks in interior walls or ceiling, especially near doors and windows
4. Uneven floors, including sloping or humps
5. Spongy floors
6. Gaps between baseboards and flooring
7. Doors and windows that stick
8. Movement of door and window frames
9. Sagging roof
10. Gaps between baseboards and flooring
A sinking or deteriorated center post or pier can cause a sagging roof as well as many other issues mentioned above. Shifts in the foundation can also bring about additional problems, such as broken or leaky pipes under the house, which can lead to mold, mildew or unwanted pests.

Raised Foundation Repair Costs

When caught early, simple raised foundation repairs can cost as little as $500, while major repairs can be as high as $12,000 or more. On average, foundation repairs cost around $4,500. Replacing the foundation altogether can be over $40,000.

What Happens if You Don’t Repair the Foundation?

Over time, the cost of repairing the foundation will increase. When foundation issues lead to broken pipes and leaks, water under the home increases shifting and furthers deterioration of the foundation. When caught early, repairs may be as simple as reinforcing the center post. Major repairs may also include the cost of repairing damage to the house as well.

Are Foundation Repairs Worth It?

Foundation repairs add value to your home, so they are definitely worth the cost in the long run. In addition to this, repairing raised foundation issues early can prevent more costly repairs in the future.

Call T.Ryals Emergency Restoration for a Free Foundation Repair Assessment

If you are noticing cracks, sticking doors, or other signs that you may need raised foundation repairs in Mississippi, T.Ryals Emergency Restoration is here to help. Based in Hattiesburg, T.Ryals also services Jackson, Meridian, Gulfport, McComb, and the surrounding areas. Call T.Ryals for a free raised foundation repair assessment today.

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