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Foundation Repair Contractors in NJ

Hale Built Group is a local New Jersey contractor offering foundation repair services to commercial and residential properties in the mid-Atlantic. Whether your foundation walls need repairs due to age or a recent natural event, our expert contractors have the knowledge and expertise to provide secure and lasting repairs.

Our foundation repair solutions page lists all our offered repair services, descriptions of different types of foundation systems, various foundation problems, the associated damage, and when certain repairs are necessary.

Let us help ensure that your foundation is stable again so that you and your property's occupants can have peace of mind.

Our Foundation Repair Service List

We've listed our selection of foundation repair services below to make your foundation contractor search easier.

Foundation Repair Service List:
Crawl Space Encapsulation
Joist Repair
Girder Replacement
Precast Concrete Repair
Crawl Space Repair
Structural Concrete Repair
Pier & Beam Foundation Repair
Carbon Fiber Straps
Basement Repair
Inspections & Maintenance

Have a project in mind? Give Hale Built Group a call today to get started! Then, if you still have questions or want to know more about your project, we offer consultations to give you a mental roadmap and total cost estimate. To get in touch, call or click below; otherwise, we invite you to continue learning about our foundation system solutions.

What is a Foundation?

A foundation is the base or lowest sublevel of any building, home, or structure. A foundation provides support and stability and helps protect your property from various issues, such as foundation failure, tree roots, subsidence, hydrostatic pressure, and water infiltration.

That's why it's so important to have foundation repair contractors tackle any signs of foundation damage or wear.

By taking care of your foundation now, you'll save yourself money in the long run on costly repairs that become necessary due to foundation failure. On top of saving money on future repairs, if regular maintenance is carried out, the property value may increase due to the additional living space and added protection.

Overall, a strong foundation is essential to any successful property ownership venture. So, ensure to stay ahead by having a foundation repair contractor regularly inspect your foundation for any potential warning signs. This way, you can always rest assured that your property will remain firmly standing for many years.

Different Kinds of Foundation Systems

We use many foundation systems to ensure a building's structure remains stable. The most common foundations are helical piles, pier, and beam structures. The following section covers the two most popular foundation systems offered through our NJ foundation repair services.

What Are Pier and Pile Foundations?

Pier and pile foundations are systems used to support buildings of various sizes, from homes to skyscrapers. They are created by strategically driving steel pipes into the ground and encasing them with concrete.

A pile acts as the primary load-bearing component for the entire surface it supports. It is driven deep into the ground and reinforces the surrounding soil. The piers & piles are connected to beams or girders that span across the length of the building.

Ultimately, these two foundation systems fall under another category: shallow or deep foundations systems. Depending on the structural needs of a particular project, homeowners or business owners can choose to invest in a permanent solution that will best fit their needs.

Deep Foundations vs. Shallow Foundations

When it comes to foundation repair, there are several different types of foundations that you can use. One is the deep foundations, which include most helical piles and piers.

These foundation issues can be fixed with friction piles or end-bearing piles that go deep into the ground, transferring your property's weight to a more solid bedrock layer for support. On the other hand, shallow foundation systems are if your property has a more inherently solid foundation.

To help distinguish the difference between the two foundation types, we've written a little about each support system to give you an idea of what you're looking for.

Deep Foundation Systems:

To further educate proprietors on the differences between deep and shallow foundations, below we've provided several brief descriptions of popular deep foundation systems employed in NJ and mid-Atlantic deep foundation repair projects:

Concrete Piles

Concrete piles are formed when steel rods filled with concrete are driven into the ground to support heavy-duty structures or communities. Concrete piles usually last up to 30 years and often don't need to be repaired or maintained.

Helical Piles

We use this foundation for sidewalks, bridges, and other smaller projects where heavy-duty loads aren't expected. In addition, helical piles can be more straightforward and cost-effective than traditional piles, lasting up to 150 years. Steel piles also efficiently handle vertical loads of the entire building.

Timber Piles 

In particularly wet climates, timber piles are commonly used because they can effectively wick moisture ("sweat" or expel water) away from a building to help prevent the foundation from deteriorating. These wooden piles can last up to 100 years, though they have been known to keep structures stable for much longer.

Hydraulic Piles

Similar to concrete piles, hydraulic piers are driven into the ground and filled with cement or other reactive materials for heavy-duty building projects. These hydraulic piers are an effective solution for pile foundation repair, offering long-lasting benefits.

While the cost of hydraulic piers can be significant, the investment proves worthwhile due to their durability. They are especially favored in regions susceptible to soil erosion from storms or other natural events, which can lead to foundation settlement.

We encourage you to read our deep foundations' category page or to contact our structural repair engineers to learn more or get started with deep foundation services.

Shallow Foundation Systems:

Now that we've covered deep foundation systems, let's explore several examples of standard shallow foundation systems commonly used in NJ and muid-Atlantic foundation repair projects:

Concrete Slabs

Concrete slabs can be fixed with shallow foundation solutions often used for smaller residential homes and buildings. They can be poured or precast with steel and anchor rods to help keep the soil beneath them stable over time. Concrete slabs last 100 years if maintained properly, though the need for repairs should be expected if there are poor soil conditions.

Strip Footing

This foundation is a shallow but wide-sloped concrete system typically used to support small residential buildings or homes. Strip footings can be reinforced with rebar and grouted, helping last up to 100 years if properly maintained.

Masonry Foundations

We make masonry foundations using poured concrete and masonry materials for heavy-duty residential properties. This system is prevalent in western climates, where it can easily be dug deeper into the ground without damaging underground pipes or cables.

These foundations make for a simple and cheap solution for shallow foundation options and can last around 100 years if installed and maintained correctly.

Individual / Isolated Footing

This concrete foundation is used for small residential buildings, particularly in areas with a lot of soil movement and erosion. Individual/isolated footings are typically poured concrete or precast concrete and reinforced with rebar to strengthen and stabilize the system. They can last up to 100 years if maintained properly, though they might require repairs within that time.

With these options only being just a few of many, it's no wonder many homeowners sometimes need help to choose the best foundation system for their property.

When planning a deep or shallow foundation repair, it's best to seek professional guidance from an experienced contractor. With Hale Built Group on your side, you'll always have informed decisions that will help keep your property safe and well-supported for years.

Damage Indicators for Varying Foundation Types

With many different forms of foundation systems comes a litany of foundation problems, cracks, settlement, and damage indicators to look out for. With so many conditions of foundation settlement and damage, both apparent and invisible, we wanted to elaborate on several symptoms that affect the foundation of your structure.

How To Analyze Concrete Foundation Damage

When it comes to concrete foundations, they're by far the most common type of foundation and the go-to choice for many new building projects. However, this doesn't mean that concrete is impervious to failure and deterioration.

There are a few telltale signs of potential damage to be on the lookout for, as outlined below.

  • Cracks in concrete: concrete foundations are subject to cracking, mainly if your building has settled or the soil surrounding it shifts.
  • Water seepage: if water can quickly filter through any cracks or fissures in your foundation, there's a greater chance that structural integrity is compromised.
  • Structural instability: If your foundation sinks, sags, or otherwise shifts significantly, it's likely experiencing some damage and may not be in as good a condition as before.
  • Tree Root Intrusion: One often overlooked cause of foundation damage is the growth of tree roots near or under the foundation. Roots can exert pressure on the foundation, leading to cracks, displacement, and even significant structural damage. The search for moisture can drive tree roots to infiltrate even minor cracks, widening them over time and undermining the foundation's stability.
  • Other Crucial Damage Types: Beyond the common issues, look out for uneven floors, doors, and windows that won't close properly, and gaps between walls and floors. These can be symptoms of underlying foundation problems that extend beyond the immediately visible.

Foundation Support Damage

Foundation supports consist of varying steel support beams, stilts, poles, and beams that help support your structure's weight. They're typically made of wood or steel and may be visible inside or outside your property.

Some signs that you may want to keep an eye on include the following:

  • Sagging floors: if some of the soil underneath your foundation is sagging, the support system underneath it is also likely damaged.
  • Warped or bowed walls: if a wall has begun to bow, especially in areas where the support system is activated, this may indicate damage in the foundation supports beneath your structure.
  • Structural instability: if you notice that your foundation is no longer firmly standing, this may be due to damaged support or insufficient drainage systems in the area.
  • Rotting wood material: any signs of wood decay can indicate that the supports beneath your structure have begun to fail.

New Jersey Foundation Water Damage

Foundation water damage is quite common and often hard to detect. Sometimes water or moisture damage may only be apparent when more significant issues arise with sinking foundations, such as poor plumbing or severe flooding. Some signs of foundation water damage that you should look out for include the following:

  • Mold or mildew growth: if there's any sign of mold on your walls or floors, this could indicate a buildup of moisture in your foundation, which can cause significant structural and respiratory damage over time.
  • Damaged support systems: if your foundation has cracks or fissures that allow water to seep through cracked walls, it could damage the supports beneath it.
  • Sunken floors and walls: if you notice that your floor or wall appears to be sinking, this could indicate water damage to the foundation of your structure.

If you notice any severe foundation problems, cracks, or damage on your property, taking action as soon as possible is crucial to prevent further damage and costly repairs. Affected proprietors should consider installing sump pumps, investing in encapsulation or vapor barriers, or sealing leaking cracks.

We advise contacting our foundation repair contractors for an inspection or estimate before settling on waterproofing solutions.

What's the Average Cost of Foundation Repair?

The method and cost of foundation repair can vary depending on the specific project scope and the extent of the damage being addressed. Typically, foundation repair involves the labor of a contractor, which can contribute to the overall price.

For a rough estimate, foundation repair costs generally range from a moderate price for residential properties to a higher cost range for commercial properties.

To get a better understanding of the foundation repair cost for your specific situation, we recommend consulting our team at Hale Built Group. Our experts will assess the damage and provide you with accurate free estimates for the necessary repairs.

Foundation Repair and Home Value

Although foundation repair can positively impact the value of your property, this kind of repair is viewed as a necessary expense rather than a cosmetic upgrade. Therefore, if your home has foundation issues or damage, this may affect its marketability and resale value.

However, fixing any underlying issues with your foundation before selling can help offset the repair cost and boost the value of your property. It's best to consult a real estate professional or foundation repair expert for more specific advice on maximizing your home's value through foundation repairs. Ultimately, the decision comes down to your situation and market conditions for your local area.

Effective New Jersey Foundation Repair Solutions

Choosing effective foundation repair is essential for fixing any foundation problem. If done correctly, it can guarantee the long-term stability of your entire house. Having a team of professionals backed by a structural repair engineer is a great place to start for those unsure of how to go about getting their foundation repaired.

Our contractors give comprehensive inspections of your foundation, and our teams assess the soil conditions around your property. A trained eye can determine if your structure has pre-existing issues, poor drainage, or unstable soil conditions caused by extensive excavation during the construction of your home.

We can also help you determine whether you need basement walls or crawl space encapsulated or whether you even should be worried about foundation repairs in the first place.

Our goal is to provide you with a cost-effective solution for your foundation stabilization issues, not to upsell and tack on surprise fees. In addition, we aim to be your partner in achieving optimal structural stability for years to come.

Contact Us Today For Foundation Repair in NJ & the Mid-Atlantic

Hale Built Group is NJ's one-stop shop for all foundation repair needs – from understanding foundation types and repair methods to connecting you with local foundation experts who can assess the issue and start on repairs immediately.

Receive free estimates today and put our decades of combined experience in the industry to work for your property: Don't delay; call or book today!

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Founded by veterans, the Hale family of companies has been a leading foundation repair company in New Jersey since 1946. We pride ourselves on maintaining a family-oriented company that hires local crew members and former service members. 

Each project has intricacies that deserve individual attention. We never employ salespeople. You’ll meet with a professional with a distinct understanding of solving complex problems and providing solutions within your budget. We come to your project to solve it, not to sell you what you don’t need. 

We're reliable partners for every foundation repair, home elevation, waterproofing, and deep foundation project you undertake throughout New Jersey and the mid-Atlantic.
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