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4 Ways To Minimize The Cost Of Foundation Repair In Baton Rouge

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Oct 23, 2016 11:36:30 PM

shutterstock_131858885.jpgHaving a cracked foundation isn’t something anyone wants to deal with, but sometimes that’s the situation we find ourselves in. When we do need foundation repair, it is important to remember that this isn’t a problem that goes away on its own. In fact, if left untreated, it worsens. Naturally, when something major goes wrong in our home, the first question asked is often, “how much is this going to cost me?” Since every home and every foundation problem is different, we can’t definitively answer that without assessing your situation. But, we can off 4 ways to minimize the cost of foundation repair.

Don’t procrastinate

Allowing foundation damage to sit untreated can actually expose your home to other problems and compound an already bad situation. First of all, you run the disk of the damage to your foundation worsening. As your foundation problem worsens, so do the corresponding structural problems. Walls will continue to crack inside. Bricks or mortar can crack outside. It can even lead to roof damage. But beyond that, there’s another problem. Just like your roof protects your home from the top down, your foundation protects it from the bottom up. A crack in your foundation can lead to moisture coming up from the ground and can create mildew and mold inside. If left unrepaired this can lead to you needing mold remediation as well. This means paying another bill. Not to mention anything in your home that may need replacing if mold damages it beyond repair.

Don’t cut corners

Some people find cracks in their sheetrock or a large crack in their slab and just repair what they see. This is treating the symptom and not the cause. Usually, this means what they fix has to be fixed again. Which, of course, means added costs and bills. If you fix the foundation from the outset, you are much more likely to only have to fix everything else once and be done with it.

Hire someone reputable

We can’t stress this point enough. Trusting your home’s foundation to someone without a stellar reputation, or someone from out of town can mean that the job won’t be done right. And if the job isn’t done right, you’ll probably have to get it done again. Reputation is also just one factor in this equation. You want someone who knows the area. Knowing the ground underneath your home is vitally important to knowing how to fix the problem. At WCK Foundation Repair, we have over thirty years’ experience in dealing with the soil in South Louisiana. With that knowledge, we know how to get the job done right.

Warranty

Even after a foundation is repaired, some minor movement isn’t uncommon. If you don’t have a strong warranty to back up the repair, you are left paying for further repairs. At WCK, we offer a lifetime warranty on our work. What’s more, that warranty is transferrable. Should you decide to sell your home one day, you have that warranty as a tool to back up your selling price.

Having your foundation repaired is not an expense that anyone seeks, but if you follow these tips, you can keep the costs of the damage to a minimum. If you have any questions, or feel that someone should evaluate your foundation to see if repairs are needed, feel free to give us a call at WCK Foundation Repair.

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Louisiana Foundation Damage: How Much Does Foundation Repair Cost?

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Jan 12, 2016 10:37:14 AM

Dollarphotoclub_91540602.jpgEverything has a cost.  Whether it's lunch, a new shirt or taking a vacation, money will be exchanged for these goods and services.  These costs are categorized and prioritized into wants and needs.  Of course you cover your needs first: food, shelter, clothing, etc.  Then you can move on to the wants: football tickets, a new truck, etc.  Well, when it comes to one of those needs, shelter, there can be countless additional costs that exceed simply keeping a roof over your head.  A very important and necessary cost can stem from foundation repair.  But how much exactly does it cost to have your foundation repaired?

In south Louisiana there are a variety of factors that can cause foundation damage.  Of course the severity of the damage and the state of the foundation will influence the cost as well.  Let’s take a look at what foundation repair can cost as well as the factors that can possibly increase or reduce it.

How Much Does Foundation Repair Cost?

Prices can vary dramatically based on the severity of settlement as well as access to the damaged areas.  Exterior piers can range in price from $400-$600 each.  This is a standard pier 12” in diameter, eight to nine feet deep.  Interior piers typically range between $1,000 and $1,400 per pier.  The overall cost will depend on how many and what type of piers are needed to permanently remedy the damage.  If the damage is isolated to one corner of the house and the problem is caught early enough, it may only require a few piers.  However, if the damage has existed for some time and the entire home is now unstable, depending on the size of the home, 30-50 exterior piers could be needed, along with a handful of interior piers. 

Other Than Piers, What Else Could Influence the Cost of Foundation Repair?

  • Access: The easier it is for the damaged area to be accessed, the less time it will take and naturally cost less. This includes access points for the employees and the necessary equipment.
  • Landscaping: Elaborate flowerbeds and extensive landscaping along the foundation, in addition to sprinkler systems and other yard features can take longer to work around. WCK takes special care not to damage any existing landscaping elements, so it could take more time.
  • Multiple Concrete Breakouts: It is common to break a two foot by two foot section of concrete in order to install a pier. These are typically required inside garages, carports and patios.  The breakouts are repaired after the piers are placed.  Interior piers can also be difficult to place, especially if the home is currently furnished.  Of course the more breakouts required means more time and more piers are being placed which will increase the price.
  • Utility Lines: Water, gas, cable and sewer lines in the working area will take more time to locate and isolate to prevent damage.

Because no two homes are the same, there is no definitive formula or pricing guide.  If you believe your home has foundation problems, or you notice any of the signs of foundation damage, WCK offers a free estimate.  For over 30 years WCK Foundation Repair has helped south Louisiana homeowners repair and restore their home’s safety and value.  WCK stands by their work with a fully-transferrable lifetime warranty.  

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Paint Your Baton Rouge Home Check For Foundation Damage First

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on May 20, 2015 9:16:55 AM

Paint Your Baton Rouge Home: Check For Foundation Damage FirstJust like a clean shirt, new dress or different haircut can reenergize your look, there are similar things you can do for your home. Upgraded landscaping, pressure washing, and the most noticeable may be repainting your house. Whether you just refresh the exterior with touchups or go to the opposite side of the color wheel, painting is arguably the biggest way to enhance your curb appeal. However, before you make the investment in time and money, there are few things you should do first. At the top of the list should be making sure your foundation is healthy.

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Check for foundation damage before you paint

When you think about it, every single aspect of your home is dependent on the stability of its foundation. Therefore, if your foundation has damage everything from the walls to the roof can become compromised as well. So before you collect a library of paint swatches, buy an extension ladder or hire a painting crew, it’s a good idea to take a look around your house for some of the common signs of foundation damage. The last thing you would want is for your fresh coat of paint and reinvigorated exterior to begin to crack, bow, cave or otherwise need additional repair. Whether you plan on painting stucco, brick, wood or siding, the consequences of foundation damage can appear in all these materials. So what are some easy to identify signs of foundation damage?

  • Sticking doors
  • Cracking sheetrock
  • Sloping floors
  • Cracking floors
  • Brick and mortar stair step cracks
  • Cracks in your stucco

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These are just a handful of key identifiers of foundation problems. Whether you plan on touching up your home in the near future or not, taking a walk around and looking for any of these signs is good idea. If you do notice any of these symptoms, taking care of them as soon as possible is crucial. The earlier that foundation problems are found, the less expensive and extensive the repairs typically are.

When it comes to foundation repair in south Louisiana, there is only one proven method, the drilled pier method. And there is only one company that exclusively offers this solution to deal with our unique soil, WCK Foundation Repair. With a team of local, expert, full-time employees, WCK has been helping home and business owners for over 30 years. For more information, contact our team at WCKand we'll be happy to help.

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Inspection vs. Estimate: Discover The Difference In Foundation Repair

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Jul 5, 2013 12:55:00 PM

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A person’s home is typically their single largest investment.  As a homeowner or potential homeowner, you undoubtedly want to take good care of that asset.  You likely take measures for protection of your property such as home owner’s insurance, an alarm system, and possibly services such as regular pest control.  However, there will still occasionally be circumstances that are simply beyond your control.  Perhaps a Louisiana storm wreaks havoc on your roof, or you begin to notice signs of major foundation issues.  While these problems are never pleasant ones to have and often cost large amounts of both time and money, they cannot be ignored.

In the case of foundation troubles, your first step should be to obtain an estimate from local, reputable companies.  You will quickly know if this step should be taken by some tell-tale signs of structural issues. These may include cracks in the wall, floors or bricks, uneven or sloping floors, sticking doors, and wall separation.  Any of these problems should be addressed immediately.  If left unchecked, they can lead to even more costly and time consuming repairs to the foundation or other areas of the home that may be affected.  Eventually, your home may even become unsafe to inhabit.

Contacting a business such as WCK Foundation Repair upon first noticing your foundation troubles can help you avoid many future problems.   Reputable repair companies such as ours will have experts on hand to assess the damage to your foundation and estimate the cost of repairs for free.  However, there is an important distinction between free estimates and inspections that should be noted.  Too often, a homeowner finds themselves in a situation where they would like a free estimate, but an inspection is warranted.  This confusion can lead to paying for a service which you didn’t intend.  Here are the key differences:

 

Free Estimate - There are noticeable signs of foundation damage such as those mentioned above.  You only want an estimate to repair the damaged foundation and nothing more.

Inspection - There are no visible signs of foundation troubles, but you would like to have the home checked for this and possibly other issues as well.

 

Understanding the distinction between these two can save you time and money.  A home inspection is rarely a free service.  However, there are many Baton Rouge companies that offer quality inspections at competitive rates, and in many cases, it’s an investment that is wise to make.  Simple online research or recommendations from others can lead you to the right company for your needs.

If your need falls into the category of a free estimate, WCK Foundation Repair may be able to provide the ideal solution for you.  We are proud to employ a highly qualified team that is trained to spot all forms of foundation damage, as well as to accurately estimate the overall cost of repair.  Furthermore, we offer the safe and effective drilled pier method to ensure that your repairs are completed to perfection.  If you are noticing the visible signs of foundation trouble, don’t wait.  Contact WCK and begin protecting your home from even more costly damage.

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6 Reasons Why WCK & LSU Baseball Keep Winning

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Jun 7, 2013 11:14:00 AM

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It’s no coincidence that the LSU Tigers are hosting their 2nd consecutive NCAA Super Regional this weekend at Alex Box Stadium.  It’s also no coincidence that WCK Foundation Repair has become the premier foundation repair company in South Louisiana.  As the Tigers look to claim their 7th College World Series title, their 2nd in 5 seasons, let’s take a look how Coach Mainieri & WCK have each built successful programs, on and off the field.

Thriving businesses, just like successful teams, aren’t easily made.  Both take a significant amount of work, time and skill to develop that winning formula.  Coach Paul Mainieri has brought his LSU Tigers to the pinnacle of college baseball by instilling these 6 factors in his program.  The same 6 elements parallel with what Mike Wall & WCK have been doing for years.  Again it’s not a fluke they both continue to hit the ball out of the park.

1.)    Talent:  In order to win, and continue winning, you need to have the best people.  Coach Mainieri does that by continually bringing in the highest ranked recruiting class each season.  Evidence of that this year is Aaron Nola, sophomore, being named SEC Pitcher of the Year, and Alex Bregman, freshman, being named SEC  & NCAA Freshman of the year & NCAA Baton Rouge Regional MVP.  The Tigers also set a school record for players named to the All-SEC team.

WCK has the same all-star caliber talent in place.  When it comes to something as critical as your home’s foundation, you can’t settle for anything less than the best.  That’s why the team at WCK hires the best, most professional, knowledgable and skilled crew.  To prove it, WCK offers a lifetime, transferrable warranty.

2.)    Process:  Once that talent is in place, it needs to develop on the baseball diamond.  For your home’s foundation, that talent needs to have the best resources & methods available to remedy any issue.  Last year LSU’s All-American pitcher, Kevin Gausman, wrapped up his Tiger career as the #4 overall draft pick to the Baltimore Orioles.  That is a testament to the LSU process.  At WCK, our pier drilling technique is the most successful foundation repair method for Louisiana soils.  Our talented team knows this process inside and out.

3.)    Commitment:  The collegiate baseball season stretches from February to June.  When you include the offseason conditioning, practice and training, it takes a substantial commitment from each player, coach, manager and staff member to keep that one goal of making it to Omaha in mind.  WCK Foundation Repair has an unending commitment as well; to the residents of south Louisiana.  WCK was born and bred on the bayou, and with no plans to expand beyond the great state of Louisiana, their lone goal and commitment is to folks of the Louisiana and any foundation problem they will ever have.

4.)    Leadership:  It’s no accident the Tigers have won a school record 54 games this season.  A key factor to that success is the leadership of head baseball coach Paul Mainieri.  The 2009 NCAA Coach of the Year has continued to be a tremendous influence in the dugout and in the community.  Just like a successful team, a successful business starts with great leadership.  Mike Wall of WCK comes from a family background in the foundation repair business.  His vision is to help Louisiana residents with any foundation issues.

5.)    Passion:  Successful coaches and athletes are passionate about their sport and leave it all on the field.  It’s tough to beat a team playing with passion.  The same is true at WCK.  WCK Foundation Repair is passionate about making a difference in the lives of our neighbors in south Louisiana, each and every day.  Our commitment to improving homes puts a smile on the face of our team members.  WCK will go the extra mile to ensure that your foundation is done the right way the first time.  A lifetime, transferrable warranty and our expert staff exemplify WCK’s passion year round.

 6.)    Fans/Customers:  For the past few decades, LSU has been the home to the greatest college baseball fans in the nation.  That holds true today, as last Saturday’s regional game drew 10,752 people, an Alex Box Stadium record.  WCK is the “Home” team.  We want our customers to be raving fans just like the LSU baseball fans in Baton Rouge.  Just like the Tigers put a winning product out on the field each spring, WCK puts a winning product under your home each and every time.

LSU baseball and WCK are a winning combination.  These qualities and more keep WCK & the Tigers in the spotlight.  

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How Much Does Foundation Repair Cost in Baton Rouge?

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Dec 12, 2012 12:00:00 PM

Cost of Foundation Repair
When it comes to repairing and stabilizing a home or building with a concrete foundation, the price can vary dramatically depending on access and severity of the settlement. Our exterior piers usually range between $400.00 - $600 per pier for a standard 12" diameter, 8-9' deep. Our interior piers usually range between $1000.00 - $1,400.00 per pier. Some foundation problems are minor, for example if only one corner of the house is effected and is caught at the early stage of settling it may only require 4 piers. On the other hand if the entire house is unstable depending on the size of the house it could need 30-50 exterior piers and a few interior piers. Here are a few reasons why the price could fluctuate.
-Landscaping, it can take more time and labor to work around a well kept flower bed  to make sure we do not damage plants and sprinkler lines with our equipment
-Easy access, if there is open access and open work area for our equipment it can save time for us and naturally save money for our customers
-Utilities, gas, water, sewer and cable lines in the working area cause more time and labor to locate by hand before we can install our piers
-Multiple concrete breakouts, to access the foundation it's common to break a 2' x 2' section of concrete to install our pier. Breakouts are commonly required inside carports, garages and patios. We repair whatever concrete we breakout. 
Interior piers can be more expensive if the house still being lived in. Much more care is taken when installing interior piers where there is furniture and flooring nearby. And of course easy access or tight areas will cause prices to fluctuate.
As with any business sector, prices are really dependant upon each situation.  Unfortunately, no two homes are built alike, so each home presents a unique set of challenges.  The expert team at WCK Foundation Repair will do everything within our power to ensure that we are offering the fairest price and the best service available to you.
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Foundation Repair Discounts Baton Rouge

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Jun 14, 2012 9:57:00 AM

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Do you know why NOW is the best time to have the foundation of your home repaired?

Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association indicates that since the 1990s there has been an accelerating trend nationwide toward more extended dry periods followed by downpours. Whether due to random climate patterns or global warming, the swings between hot and dry weather and severe rain have profoundly affected soil underneath buildings. In the winter months of South Louisiana, we customarily experience very long and steady downpours.  These downpours, unlike the summer thunderstorms, have an extremely different and more serious effect on the South Louisiana soil that supports the foundations of our homes.

Clay soils, which are very dominate in South Louisiana, shrink during droughts and swell during floods, causing structures to move. Usually this movement, called subsidence, usually happens gradually.  But the recent swinging from very wet to extremely dry weather, like we’ve been seeing lately in South Louisiana, may be accelerating the effects to your foundation.

However, it is very IMPORTANT to note that this accelerating affect is sometimes not felt by the home owner until the summer months.  So, currently, your foundation may have a false sense of security. During the summer, the afternoon showers that occur in South Louisiana are not long or significant enough to affect the moisture consistency of the soil. Therefore, the soil remains dry which will cause the foundation to drop or shift again.  Additionally, if you wait to adjust your foundation during this time, the dry soil will cause additional structure damage that would not have occurred, if you would have taken earlier action during the late winter and spring months.  

So, before it is too late, take action on your foundation today.  Don’t wait until it is too late. It's not worth risking the extra expense of living out of a suitcase in a life disrupting arrangement while your home under goes resurrection. Simple periodic checks and corrections are a much better way to take care of your home. Have an expert in the foundation repair business analyze it today.  Trust us, three months from now, you will be glad you did.

We are currently offering a significant discount for most foundation repair jobs.  Please click the link below to see if you qualify.  

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Foundation Repair Estimate in Baton Rouge

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Mar 14, 2012 1:20:00 PM

 Free Foundation Repair Estimate

At WCK Foundation Repair, we offer free estimates on the repair of the foundation of your home. We know that a potential foundation problem to your home can be an overwhelming and stressful experience. The home is one of the biggest investments an individual or family can make.  So, any potential foundation problems are an unwelcomed guest in the home owners world.

The common question that we receive at WCK Foundation Repair is, "What is involved in the free estimate of my home?".  A Foundation Repair Estimate in Baton Rouge starts off with a WCK Foundation Repair Representative coming to your home to perform a complete analysis on the foundation of your home.  While performing the analysis some of the key areas that our experts will review are the interior and exterior of the home.  Our experts will make particular notes of any signs of stress on the home.  

While performing the analysis, our experts will also evaluate other indicators or signs such as sloping or uneven floors, cracks in the walls and/or foundation, sticking doors, cracks in the molding, etc.  

Once the comprehensive estimate is completed by a WCK Foundation repair expert, we will offer you a free written estimate for your records.  Our experts are also there to answer any questions about the work that will be performed on your home, so that you may feel secure about the project.

At WCK Foundation Repair, we feel that the FREE estimate is the first step to securing your home and peace of mind.  Contact one of our Foundation Repair Experts by clickiing the link below.

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