If your basement needs repairs becasue of bowing walls or cracked floors, you likely are dealing with a foundational issue. Depending on how serious the issue is, it may be a pretty big investment. So figuring out how long basement floor repairs last is a reasonable question to ask. In this article, we talk about the longevity of different types of basement floor repairs and what you should expect.
Temporary repairs like a polyurethane sealant or masonry patches are comparable to putting a bandaid on a scrape on your knee. Usually the scrape is nothing too serious. However, if you ignore the scrape it can become infected. Ignoring the problem will lead to a larger problem, and it will need a much higher level of work to treat.
The same can for a foundational problem in your home. Minor cracks or sagging floors are are like little scrapes in this case. In the beginning, little cracks just need a bandaid, or patches or sealents. But over time, if left untreated they will need more serious solutions. Treatments like unpinning techniques using helical piers like concrete piers are used for bowing walls or large cracks. Other less major solution, but still effective, methods include slab jacking, spot piers, or segmented piers, which are essentially spot treatments for sloping areas of your foundation.
TYPES OF REPAIR METHODS
If you hire a company to do repairs for you, they should guarantee that the repairs last at least 25 years. Here are more details about each of the various foundation repair methods:
- Epoxy Fills: A quick-fix, DIY solution that repairs surface damage like hairline cracks and often lasts five years or more.
- Carbon Fiber Straps/Wall Anchors: These types of heavy-duty fixes for bowed walls often last several years, if not a decade or more.
- Polyurethane Lift: This method involves injecting polyurethane foam into the ground beneath the broken foundation area. As the foam dries and hardens, it lifts the foundation into place and restores it to a level position. Polyurethane foam doesn’t deteriorate or weaken over time, so it is considered a permanent repair solution.
- Helical Piers: These resemble giant screws that are twisted into the ground beneath a damaged foundation, often used for foundations supporting less weight, such as a porch or garage. For helical piers to last as long as possible, installers should check the soil conditions before installation, so you know how deep to dig.
- Concrete Piers: These are often installed during the preconstruction phase of homebuilding, and they help support a foundation as it’s being poured. These types of piers are also used for sinking foundations by lifting them up and providing added support.
- Steel Piers: Similar to concrete piers, steel piers are easier to work with and can be installed more readily. Concrete requires pouring while fresh, and may disturb more landscaping and lawn than simple steel piers. Steel is also more resistant to moisture and added weight than concrete piers.
So the answer to the question, “How long does basement floor repairs last?” is, It will depend on the severity of the repair and the method used for your particular repair. Quick-fix solutions will likely last five years or so, while an investment involving steel, anchors, or other heavy-duty repairs should last at least a few decades, if not a lifetime.
We hope that you have learned more about the different types of foundation repair methods available to you. Keeping your home’s foundation in good shape will make your home a lot safer. If you have futher questions contact us!