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House Foundation Repair: The Ultimate Guide

JES technician install push piers

Addressing foundation issues in your home can seem daunting, from spotting wall cracks to uneven floors. However, maintaining your home’s foundation is crucial.

This guide simplifies the foundation repair process, offering expert advice and practical tips. Whether you’re noticing the first signs of damage or ready for repairs, we’ve got you covered with step-by-step guidance to protect your home’s foundation.

What Causes Foundation Issues?

Over time, it’s natural for all foundations to sink into the soil a little bit, but it’s still a problem. Uneven settling is often seen in houses constructed on expansive soil. Changes in moisture cause this type of soil to expand and contract, leading to parts of the foundation sinking while others remain stable. This process can result in foundation cracks and various other forms of damage.

Other factors contributing to foundation issues include construction on soil that hasn’t been properly compacted or in areas with poor drainage. Homes in regions with significant seasonal shifts or prone to natural events such as earthquakes, floods, and droughts are also at a higher risk of foundation troubles over time.

Additionally, foundation problems can be triggered by plumbing leaks and the growth of tree roots close to your house.

Signs Your Foundation Needs Repair

1. Exterior Signs

stair step crack on exterior bricks

What to Expect During the Repair Process

JES foundation repair with helical piers

During the concrete slab foundation repair process, the aim is to stabilize and elevate the foundation back to its original level, addressing any uneven settling.

This often involves the installation of piers or pilings underneath the foundation, which provide long-term support. The process begins with a detailed inspection to assess the damage and decide on the best repair approach. Preparation of the work site follows, with the necessary equipment being set up.

The complexity and length of the repair can vary, depending on how severe the damage is and the size of the area needing work. At JES, we strive to keep disruption to a minimum. Once the repair is complete, it’s crucial to keep an eye on the foundation for any future changes and adhere to maintenance advice from the professionals.

How Much Does Foundation Repair Cost?

Calculating the cost of fixing a foundation isn’t straightforward because various factors play a role. These include how bad the foundation damage is, how easy it is to get to the area needing repair, the repair technique selected, and any extra services or charges that might be required. This means the price can vary a lot from one project to another.

To get a clear idea of what foundation repair will cost for your home, JES offers free estimates that include same-day proposals. This way, you receive a precise and detailed cost breakdown tailored to your particular case, which aids you in making well-informed choices. Contact us today to schedule your no-cost inspection.

Will Insurance Cover Foundation Repair?

Making a universal claim about insurance coverage for foundation repair costs is impossible.

In the mid-Atlantic region, most homeowners insurance policies cover foundation repair costs. However, this coverage applies only to specific situations. Typically, foundation repair is covered if fire, explosions, or water damage cause the damage.

Take the First Step To Foundation Repair Today

certified field inspector meeting with homeowner

Have you noticed signs of serious damage to your home’s foundation, or are you concerned about its overall strength? We’re here to help. Learning about the foundation repair process can significantly reduce your stress, and our team of specialists is ready to walk you through every step.

Contact us today to set up a no-cost inspection and receive a repair plan crafted just for your specific needs. Don’t delay – protect your home today!


It is generally recommended to have your foundation inspected at least once every few years, especially if you notice any signs of foundation problems such as cracks in the walls, uneven floors, or doors and windows that stick. Regular inspections can help identify any potential issues early on and prevent them from escalating into more significant problems. Additionally, if you live in an area with unstable soil or experience extreme weather conditions, more frequent inspections may be necessary. 

Our innovative PolyRenewal™ concrete lifting system is versatile and can be used on a range of concrete surfaces—from outdoor patios and driveways to garage floors and interior slab floors. Our foundation repairs are also tailored to your specific foundation, whether it’s a basement, crawl space, or slab. Contact JES Foundation Repair to schedule a free inspection and estimate to determine the right repairs for your home. 

Foundation piers remain the top choice for remedying settling and sinking issues. The appropriate pier choice depends on your home’s foundation type and the damage extent. Consult with JES Foundation Repair for a free inspection and a tailored repair plan.

Phillip Mazzotta

Phillip Mazzotta

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JES Foundation Repair service area map of the Mid-Atlantic region.

Our Locations


8361 Town Center Ct
Nottingham, MD 21236


311 Central Rd.
Suite 2-02
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Hampton Roads & NE NC

2569 Quality Ct
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Northern VA & DC

7940 Gainsford Ct.
Bristow, VA 20136


309 Quarles Rd
Ashland, VA 23005

Southwest Virginia / Roanoke

2033 Cook Dr.
Salem, VA 24153

Western Virginia

456 Old Courthouse Rd
Appomattox, VA 24522


45 W Boscawen St,
Winchester, VA 22601