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Baton Rouge Home Leveling: Beware of Promises

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Jun 10, 2015 8:57:17 AM

Baton Rouge Home Leveling: Beware of PromisesAnytime something you own is in need of repair it can be easy to fall prey to hearing what you want to hear. The more value that item holds, in the event of a repair, it can be very nerve-wracking. While it’s never enjoyable to shell out money or wait for a diagnosis, it is more tolerable to replace a dishwasher than the transmission on your car. The importance and perceived cost and solution only grows as the repair increases in scale, making a foundation repair to your home an undertaking where you really need to trust the experts. Being overly concerned with cost or attempting to take the smoothest road to a conclusion can often be more costly in the long run. One of the biggest pitfalls of foundation repair comes from the promise of home leveling. Here are somethings to be aware of if this is presented to you as a remedy.

What is “Home Leveling”?

When the forces of nature take their toll on your foundation, which our unique south Louisiana soil can do, foundation damage can occur. As the soil either creates pressure against the foundation, or retracts away from it, an uneven state can occur. Home leveling requires extensive excavation around and under the foundation to bring sagging or bulging aspects of the foundation to a level state.

Can it be guaranteed?

This is a key question. If you have a foundation repair company providing you an estimate and the guarantee that they can level your home, you should be very leery of this recommendation. While measures can be taken to correct the soil conditions to prevent further damage, and some leveling can occur due to these efforts, guaranteeing a repaired foundation simply through leveling is a dangerous proposition and can likely lead to even greater damage.

What can go wrong?

The short answer is “everything”. If someone unskilled, unfamiliar or inexperienced with foundations or our area is attempting to level the home, significant structural damage can occur. What can begin as a foundation issue can lead to major cosmetic damage, roof repairs and more. Click here for a detailed explanation of how home lifting and leveling should be handled.

While controlling and correcting the soil is a part of foundation repair, and leveling is one element of the process, there are never any guarantees when that is the focus. For our area’s unique soil conditions, the drill pier method is the only proven process to restore your home’s health and value. For over 30 years, WCK Foundation Repair has been helping home and business owners all over south Louisiana. As the experts in foundation repair and the drill pier method, their work is covered by a transferrable lifetime warranty. For more information, click here.

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Can Siding Problems Mean Foundation Damage in Brusly?

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Feb 25, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Can Siding Problems Mean Foundation Damage in Brusly?Finding the right exterior for your home that offers both the protection and style you want can be difficult.  One popular choice in south Louisiana is siding.  With a variety of textures and colors, it also offers the dexterity to withstand the heat, sun, wind and rain of our climate.  While siding can provide the protection from the elements we seek, while allowing for our personal preferences, it can also be a great indicator of other things impacting other areas of the home.

Homes on the west side of the river, just as on the east side, are built upon the same expansive, clay-laden soil.  This soil can create serious problems for our foundations.  As the soil expands from precipitation and poor drainage, it presses against the concrete walls of the foundation with extreme force.  As this continues over time, it can compromise the entire structure. 

Obviously every part of the house sits atop the foundation and as it begins to fail, it will impact other areas.  Doors can stick or not stay closed, cracks can occur, windows can even break.  Problems with siding can also be an indication of foundation issues.

 

 

 

Here are some common siding problems:

  •          Cracks
  •          Bulging (protruding outward)
  •          Bowing (sinking inward)
  •          Warping
  •          Fading
  •          Moisture/Mold/Fungus

Some of these unsightly siding problems can be completely unrelated to your foundation.  Fading and other strictly cosmetic issues can be a material failure or simple aging.  Even cracks and warping can be chalked up to the elements.  However if you do notice these, it would be a good idea to take inventory of other areas of your home and check for the common signs of foundation damage: stair-stepped cracks, windows that won’t open, uneven floors, etc. 

It is also important to note that siding is not waterproof and can be susceptible to leaking and moisture.  Moisture can be a foundation’s greatest enemy.  So even if your siding is in pristine shape, anyplace moisture can infiltrate, typically around windows and doors, can create problems for your home’s foundation.  Something as simple as caulk can prevent leaking.

So if there is a problem spot or two that you’ve notice around your home, consider some of the deeper causes.  Also take a look around for some other signs before you call a foundation repair company.  However, if you do see these other telltale signs, it is important to have your foundation looked at as soon as possible. 

It is also important to trust this process to a local, trusted foundation repair company.  WCK Foundation Repair uses the only proven method of repair to restore your home’s value and safety and protect south Louisiana’s unique soil.  For over 30 years, WCK, with their fully transferrable lifetime warranty have been helping homeowners.  For more information, click here.    

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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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Homeowner's Guide To Getting Foundation Repair in Baton Rouge

Posted by Cherie Malbrough on May 9, 2013 10:59:00 AM

foundation repair baton rougeFoundation Repair can be a big job. Our aim is to partner with you so we can get the job done with the least amount of damage to your landscape and the interior to your beautiful home. We have developed a quick checklist that you, the home owner, can help us to prevent any type of major damage or headache for you.

  1. Protection of Plants and Landscape - While not always the case, there are many instances where we are able to maneuver our equipment into tight spaces to allow for the conservation of nearby plants and trees.  Because of the nature of our job, we certainly have to be near the edge of the foundation of homes.  However, we make every effort to maintain the beauty of the current landscape of the home.  Also remove and patio furniture and other yard items that could be obstruct the repair

  2. Remove All Items From The Wall – Your prized plague, the favorite painting from your niece, and all other treasured items should be removed from your walls. The walls will get a bit shaky as we repair the foundation of your home. We try to do the least amount of damage to the outside of your home as possible, but we also want you to consider the inside as well. By removing all items from the wall, we can do our job without you worrying about the family portrait above the mantle that you care so deeply about.

  3. Utility Damage Prevention - Obviously, when a foundation repair company starts a job at the property of a homeowner, the utilities and power lines become a concern.  At WCK Foundation Repair, we are able to install our piers into the ground without any damage to the utilities.  This prevents any additional headaches on the part of the home owner.

  4. Post Project Clean Up - This is a major complaint of many homeowners towards the foundation repair business.  When the average foundation repair company is done with the repair of a home, they walk away with numerous dirt piles still on the homeowner’s property. This leaves extra work on the part of the resident and often times leaves a bad taste in the mouth of the homeowner towards the foundation repair company.  At WCK Foundation Repair, we not only consolidate all your dirt into one neat and central pile, we will also haul it away for the homeowner.  With this act, we will leave the homeowner's property nice and neat, and more importantly, we will have a happy customer at the end of the project. 

WCK is always ready to go the extra mile to be a full service foundation repair company for your job. We promise to not just show up, make a mess and leave you to deal with clean up. With this simple checklist, you can have peace of mind for you, your pocessions, and your property will be well taken care of. For any questions about our process, call (225) 664-5956 to speak with one of our experts. You can also download a quick guide to see if your home is in need of foundation repair.

 

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3 Small Foundation Repair Services Important To The Homeowner

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Nov 28, 2012 11:49:00 AM

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In the foundation repair business, it is sometimes the small services and capabilities of a company that will make the Louisiana home owner happy.  If fact, there are many normal acts of service that are provided by WCK Foundation Repair that are never even thought of by our customers before the job has started.  The services that we provide may seem like "small" gestures, but when added up together, they will ultimately prove to big a large factor in the happiness of our homeowners.

WCK Founation Repair has put together a list of small services that are provided on the job, so the home owners is not left with any additional projects after the repair is done.  The services listed are some of the many options that we provide to go the extra mile for our customers.

Here is a small list of on the job services for our homeowners:

1. Protection of Plants and Landscape - While not alwasys the case, there are many instances where we are able to maneuver our equipment into tight spaces to allow for the conservation of nearby plants and trees.  Because of the nature of our job, we certainly have to be near the edge of the foundation of homes.  However, we make every effort to maintain the beauty of the current landscape of the home.  Here is an example of how we do this:

WCK Foundation Repair Equipment

2. Utility Damage Prevention - Obviously, when a foundation repair company starts a job at the property of a homeowner, the utilities and power lines become a concern.  At WCK Foundation Repair, we are able to install our piers into the ground without any damage to the utilities.  This prevents any additional headaches on the part of the home owner.  See example below....

Utility lines and foundation repair companies

3. Post Project Clean Up - This is a major complaint of many homeowners towards the foundation repair business.  When the average foundation repair company is done with the repair of a home, they walk away with numerous dirt piles still on the homeowners property. This leaves extra work on the part of the resdient and often times leaves a bad taste in the mouth of the homeowner towards the foundation repair company.  At WCK Foundation Repair, we not only consolidate all your dirt into one neat and central pile, we will also haul it away for the homewoner.  With this act, we will leave the homeowner's property nice and neat, and more importantly, we will have a happy customer at the end of the project.  See example of our crew working on a centralized pile of dirt below....

WCK Foundation Repair Dirt Pile

As we mentioned earlier in this article, these services may seem very small in scope. However, when added up, it is these small services that culminate in a very successful project and a very happy homewoner.  And, this is what makes WCK Foundation Repair continue to grow as the HOME TEAM in foundation repair. 

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Foundation Readjustment Baton Rouge

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on May 24, 2012 4:10:00 PM

 

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At WCK Foundation Repair, we know how stressful a foundation repair on a home can be on the owner. As a homeowner, a natural concern should be on the condition of their home. And when an unexpected situation occurs,  the hope is that there can be a solution that brings the owner some relief and peace of mind. During this process, one of the lingering thoughts or questions that many home owners have is, "How often does a home's foundation need to be readjusted?"

The concern for future adjustments to a home's foundation is a very normal and common question, and one that we are happy to answer. Whenever one of the WCK Foundaton Repair team members receives this question from a customer, it is a reassuring sign that this customer is really searching for quality answers and repairs to their home's foundation. To us, consumers ask these questions, because they are wisely looking for life time repair with a reputable company.  The category of Foundation Readjustment Baton Rouge is one that needs to be addressed by every foundation repair company.  

When consumers are looking for a lifetime repair, it will be reassuing for them to know that the WCK Foundation Repair method for restoring slabs is the most recommended method for our local soil conditions. The drilled pier method also makes it relatively easy to readjust if needed. Keep in mind, we intend and make effort to repair the home's foundation the first time. However, the benefit in choosing a company like WCK Foundation Repair, is that we back up our work with a lifetime guarantee. So, if something goes wrong down the road, we will fix or adjust your foundation, so that the homeowner and their foundation is safe and secure.

Whether or not a house will need continued readjusting is unpredictable. It depends on the soil conditions under the home.  Unfortunately, the only true determination of the quality of soil under a home is through very expensive soil testing. With the variation in the soil make up, there can literally be one home that may need readjusting down the line, while the home two doors down may never need any adjustments. 

If a home needs readjusting, there is no reason or cause for alarm on the part of the homeowner. When the owner has made the choice to partner with a company such as WCK Foundation Repair, they are only a phone call or email away from taking a step towards repair. We will send out a representative as soon as possible to evaluate the situation of the home and will make a determination on what the next step will be. We have a special team of experts that focus and concentrate their work in warranty repair.  With warranty repair, it is not necessary for the home owner to be home. However, if the home owner prefers to be on site during the repair, WCK Foundation will perform the repair work with little or no inconvenience to the homeowner. 

So, after reading this piece, we hope that any lingering worries of future readjustments or repairs will now be put to rest.  However, if there are any other possible questions or thoughts regarding readjustments to the home's foundation, please feel free to contact us here.

 

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