Foundation issues are important and should be taken care of promptly. But, there are consequences and we don’t just mean to your beautifully landscaped yard.
Are you aware of the risks involved when it comes to water leaks in your foundation?
Be Aware; Be Prepared
Whether plumbing issues are what led to the need for a foundation repair or not, the two are closely connected. We are going to lay out some of the important considerations you should make before taking on foundation work for your home.
Foundation repair jobs are not cheap. And the last thing anyone wants is another huge, unexpected bill afterward. There are significant repairs that may need to be done after the fact which can exceed the value of the foundation work itself. In order to prepare yourself, you should be aware of plumbing jobs that need to be done before and/or after your foundation work itself. Identifying and planning for these costs before starting foundation work is highly beneficial.
Water Leaks: Firstly, you’ll want to get a water static test done to look for fresh water leaks.
Sewer Leaks: Secondly, a sewer test should be performed to determine if you have any sewer leaks.
The Foundation Repair Process
In order to understand this further, let’s break down the process of a foundation repair:
1. Prepping the job.
Your foundation repair contractors will likely lay tarps down, remove plants from around the foundation and disconnect specific utilities.
2. Digging and trenching.
Next, trenches will be dug around the perimeter of your foundation or, if you require interior piers, holes will be dug directly underneath your house.
3. Lifting the foundation.
Concrete piers or steel piers will be installed into the holes. Then, your house will be positioned on top of the foundation piers in order to stabilize it. Your foundation repair contractor may also install steel shims under the foundation.
4. Covering holes.
Your foundation repair contractor will make sure that all holes that were dug under or around your foundation are filled in with the soil that was originally removed.
Any tarps and debris will be removed and any vegetation that was initially removed will be replanted.
Consequences of Your Plumbing
As we’re sure you can understand, based on the extensive process of a foundation repair, damage to other parts of your home is somewhat inevitable. Your plumbing system is specifically susceptible to injury.
While lifting the home, water and sewer pipes can break. Typically, lifting over 1” can easily break any PVC piping, particularly on the outer perimeter. Smaller pipes will break first (i.e. drain lines), while larger pipes are at less of a risk (i.e. toilet lines). Copper water lines also tend to flex with the house when it is lifted.
Knowing what’s going on with your plumbing ahead of time is crucial to ensuring you can hold onto that lifetime warranty on your foundation work. Here are 2 things to consider:
- If your plumbing is leaking, you may not get the lifetime warranty, and;
- If pipes break and cause a leak during the process of the foundation repair, the company doing the work may not be liable.
Be sure to read the fine print on your warranty thoroughly and have a trusted plumbing company make any repairs necessary to ensure your warranty remains intact.
A lot of different things can occur when you lift a foundation – don’t be caught off guard, or stuck in a situation which you are not financially prepared for. Let us help you identify current issues with your plumbing, and further issues that could arise during, or after, your home’s foundation repair process. Call Legacy Plumbing today – we’re here to help!
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