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Another company said that our foundation was too far gone and needed to be replaced. That’s when we found Regional Foundation Repair. They saved us thousands! Great service, will recommend!

Andrew Y. | October 18, 2021


We’ve had water in our basement countless times since we moved in. Greg from Regional Foundation Repair spent a few days installing a waterproofing system and bam - no issues since! Thank you so much RFR!

Eddie W. | October 15, 2021


Finally a foundation company that responds, gets the job done, and includes an actual warranty for the work! Will use RFR again, and recommending to friends and family.

Jessica B. | October 12, 2021


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Another company said that our foundation was too far gone and needed to be replaced. That’s when we found Regional Foundation Repair. They saved us thousands! Great service, will recommend!

Andrew Y. | Oct 18, 2021


We’ve had water in our basement countless times since we moved in. Greg from Regional Foundation Repair spent a few days installing a waterproofing system and bam - no issues since! Thank you so much RFR!

Eddie W. | Oct 15, 2021


Finally a foundation company that responds, gets the job done, and includes an actual warranty for the work! Will use RFR again, and recommending to friends and family.

Jessica B. | Oct 12, 2021


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HOW DOES IT WORK?

Chapel Hill is a desirable place to live in North Carolina due to its mixture of urban and suburban lifestyles, affordable housing, and nearby entertainment. Unfortunately, there are some negative aspects to living in the city or the surrounding area. Specifically, the geology and climate in central North Carolina put homes at severe risk of property damage.

Regional Foundation Repair is one of the nation’s largest provider of foundation repair service. We have 1,000s of expert technicians ready right now in Chapel Hill. Our pros have years of experience and are familiar with the nuances of Chapel Hill soil conditions so you can be sure your foundation gets fixed the right way the first time. Gone are the days of worrying about shoddy craftsmanship, overpriced service, and unqualified pros.

During the job, our technicians are trained to explain their progress throughout the day and clean up properly before leaving the jobsite.

Depending on the availability of our technicians, we can generally get your job scheduled within 2 days. To start the process just submit your information in our form and we’ll be in touch within 24 hours with a pricing quote! In some cases we may need more detail to properly quote your project, so we will reach out via phone to schedule a free onsite inspection. Depending on your location we also offer virtual quotes!

For your benefit, we’ll explain the underlying causes of foundation problems in Chapel Hill and the rest of the Research Triangle, how they affect your property, and how you can determine if your foundation is falling victim to them. We’ll also discuss some average pricing for typical foundation repair services that you may need to carry out in your home.

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  • Thank you Regional Foundation Repair! They scheduled an appointment for last minute. Got a quick assessment and then after the technician (can't remember his name) explained the entire process to us in a way that felt very simple and straight forward. He was very honest and transparent with the repairs we needed. We found their estimate to be very reasonable compared to the other quotes we received. When the crew came out, they were very professional and explained their progress throughout the job. As expected, they cleaned up everything at the end of the day and the tech caught up with me to make sure the work was completed to my satisfaction. We had a lot of questions and they were very responsive. We've had an excellent experience with RegionalFoundationRepair from start to finish!
    - Erica J.
  • After a horrible experience on Yelp, I found this site and within minutes had quotes in hand. I scheduled my appointment and within 2 weeks the job was done below what I budgeted for. No more wet basement. Love it. Will recommend RegionalFoundation to friends and family.
    - Suja K.
  • Love these guys. They are professional, punctual, and saved me $1,000's explaining exactly what my foundation problem was and what I needed. Other companies were trying to sell me on the bells and whistles pushing services I didn't really need. These guys were transparent and the pricing for the job came out about $500 less then the other quotes.
    - Dan T.

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  • National Average: $4,499
  • Typical Range: $2,008 - $7,039
  • Low End - High End: $495 - $13,000

RECENT REQUESTS FOR FOUNDATION REPAIR SERVICES

  • Foundation Repair

    Date of Request: 10/20/2021

    Location: Chapel Hill, NC

    Description: i have a quote from a competitor that i am unsatisfied with because they said they would not level the house. 1. the house foundation has shifted since it was built in 1974 2. the house foundation was probably compromised by bad water management and grading 3. I want the resulting work to include the grading and the guarantee that the house will be level or damned close to it. (or why spend all this money)?? I am ready to start the project; don't need financing but if you have a great financing relationship like zero interest I will consider that. please call. Also I need a roof, and some other modernizations so if your are up to other things I will one stop shop

  • Foundation Repair

    Date of Request: 10/19/2021

    Location: Chapel Hill, NC

    Description: Foundation sagging

  • Foundation Jacking

    Date of Request: 10/19/2021

    Location: Chapel Hill, NC

    Description: Sunroom foundation is washed out and causes floor to crack.

  • Foundation Repair

    Date of Request: 10/16/2021

    Location: Chapel Hill, NC

    Description: I will buy a woodshed and I will need a concrete foundation for it's a sand area

  • Foundation Repair

    Date of Request: 10/13/2021

    Location: Chapel Hill, NC

    Description: Residential home on slab. Subfloor in need of repair ASAP.

  • Foundation Repair

    Date of Request: 10/11/2021

    Location: Chapel Hill, NC

    Description: Cracks are visible in cinder block foundation

  • Does Foundation Movement Affect Chapel Hill, North Carolina?

    North Carolina is home to numerous problems that lend themselves to severe structural damage. Property owners in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Apex, Garner, Holly Springs, Fayetteville, Morrisville, and many other cities in the area regularly experience foundation damage as a result.

  • What Causes Foundation Problems In Chapel Hill, North Carolina?

    Several aspects of the geology and climate in the Chapel Hill area put home foundations at risk of structural problems. We’ll discuss each of these below and how they affect your house.

    Expansive Soil

    North Carolina’s geology is unique to the rest of the country due to an arc of exotic soils believed to have been left behind by glacial movement several hundred million years ago. The arc consists of two distinguishable sections called the Triassic basin and the Carolina terrane. The southeastern tip of Orange County is located in the basin, but the rest of the county is built over the terrain.

    The soil within the Carolina terrain is characterized by an unusually high concentration of clay particles. These prevalent soil particles are tiny, creating highly-absorbent dirt that retains moisture between the clay particles. The expansive soil under Chapel Hill creates three primary issues for foundations.

    Most significantly, clay-rich soil expands when it gets wet, sometimes up to 110% of its original volume. The upward and horizontal movement created by the swelling puts intense hydrostatic pressure on your foundation walls and slab. The concrete can only flex to a minimal degree, after which it cracks under the stress, compromising the foundation’s structural integrity.

    Clay soil also loses volume when it dries. As runoff soaks deeper into the earth or evaporates, the ground around your home can shrink away from your foundation, diminishing the support it typically provides when it’s moist. Areas of your concrete that are unsupported commonly crack under your home’s weight and sink more rapidly into the soil than the rest of the foundation. This process, called differential settling, can cause severe structural damage.

    Lastly, clay is more absorbent than silt or sand, so dirt with a high clay content retains more water and holds it for longer periods. This means that your foundation will be exposed to runoff for an extended time after rainfall.

    Combined with the pressure exerted at the surface of your walls by swelling soil, this leaves your foundation prone to water intrusion and moisture build-up, as the water has more time to soak through the pores or cracks in your foundation.

    clay-rich soil

    Split Foundations

    North Carolina homes feature split or multi-level foundations more often than homes in many other parts of the United States. Partial basements and cellars offer convenience, additional living space, and a cheaper installation cost than full basements or crawlspaces. However, they lend themselves to foundation damage.

    Soil dries at varying rates depending on the depth, which means the earth under the deepest part of a split foundation will often have a different moisture level than that under the shallowest point.

    Since the clay soil in North Carolina is especially prone to shrinking depending on the moisture level, the split foundations prevalent in the area contribute to differential settling problems.

    Frequent Rainfall & Drought

    Chapel Hill receives an average of around 45 inches of rain a year, which is nearly 50% higher than the annual average in the United States. The city experiences some type of precipitation about once every three days on average during normal circumstances.

    The frequent rainfall keeps the ground relatively moist, which means the soil is regularly swelling and pushing against your foundation. The regular precipitation increases the chance of foundation damage from hydrostatic pressure.

    Additionally, much of North Carolina experiences drought from time to time. Extended dry conditions allow the typically moist soil to dry out completely, causing the shrinking of the earth and the potential for differential settling.

    The sometimes rapid changes from wet ground to dry and back again during periods of frequent rainfall and drought create an abundance of soil movement that can be crippling for rigid foundations.

    High Relative Humidity Year-Round

    Along with much of North Carolina, Orange County is characterized by a humid, subtropical climate, meaning the relative humidity is comparatively high all year.

    Humidity is a problem for basements and crawlspaces because their location underground leaves them prone to moisture build-up. Humid air from outside can seep in and get trapped under your home, contributing to a long list of related issues, including mold growth and water damage.

  • What Are The Signs of Basement Foundation Damage In Chapel Hill, North Carolina?

    The numerous underlying causes of foundation problems in Chapel Hill can bring about varying symptoms under your home. We’ll discuss the most common signs of damage below, along with the most likely cause of each.

    Foundation Cracks

    Foundation cracks are often the most obvious signs of an issue or potential damage. However, not all cracks indicate structural damage. The positioning and size of the gap can help determine how severe the problem is.

    Basement Floor Cracks

    Hairline cracks on your crawlspace or basement floor most often occur because of the concrete’s natural settling after the foundation is poured. As long as they remain under ⅛” and one side isn’t lifted above the other, the only real problem they present is water intrusion. As such, most homeowners in Chapel Hill opt to have them sealed by a foundation repair company.

    Floor cracks that aren’t level from one side to the other or grow significantly in width are signs of more severe issues. These generally form because of differential settling and may necessitate structural repair.

    concrete foundation cracks

    Vertical Wall Cracks

    Vertical wall cracks are similar in their severity to thin floor cracks; they form during normal settling and should just be sealed to keep water out.

    Gaps that grow to more than ⅛” in width may need more extensive repair, but they seldom indicate or lead to structural damage.

    Horizontal Wall Cracks

    Wall cracks that are parallel to the ground result from excessive hydrostatic pressure from the soil outside. This type of damage is typically structural and costly to fix. It should be stabilized by a foundation repair specialist immediately.

    Stair-Step Wall Cracks

    The last type of crack forms in the shape of stair steps on your concrete block wall if your foundation suffers from differential settling. These cracks indicate that an area of your concrete slab has lost support from the ground below, detached from your house, and is sinking into the ground to find support. This damage is usually structural and can result in total foundation failure if it isn’t repaired quickly.

    Damp or Wet Basement

    The last common symptoms experienced by Chapel Hill homeowners are those related to the water intrusion and under-home moisture accumulation that are prevalent in central North Carolina.

    If you have liquid water getting into your home, you may notice water seeping in through foundation cracks, pooling on the floor, or creating wet spots on the concrete walls and basement floor.

    Water vapor issues are a bit more difficult to identify, but most property owners notice damp air or musty odors under their homes. You may also see efflorescence, which is a white deposit of minerals from evaporating water.

    Moisture creates a suitable environment for mold growth, so mold spores or mildew growing on your foundation walls or building material is a good indication that you have moisture issues.

    Additionally, insects and rodents are attracted to moisture, so pest infestations might indicate moisture build-up under your house.

  • How to Find Signs of Foundation Damage In Chapel Hill, North Carolina?

    Identifying problems with your foundation is one of the best ways to limit damage and repair costs because foundation issues worsen over time. Below, we’ll detail a DIY home and foundation inspection you can carry out once every three months or so to monitor changes and developing damages.

    Check Your Foundation Often

    Begin your inspection under your home if you have access to a crawlspace or basement. Look for cracks in the concrete, and mark each with a pencil, noting its width and length.

    On future inspections, you can compare measurements to ensure the gaps aren’t growing. Report horizontal, stair-step, or uneven floor cracks to a foundation repair contractor.

    While you’re under your house, keep an eye out for signs of water intrusion, including efflorescence, mold growth, musty odors, moist air, puddling or wet spots on the floor, water damage, and water stains or dripping on your walls.

    If you have a slab foundation, your concrete inspection will need to take place outside. Look for cracks and signs of uneven settlement around the concrete outside, paying particular attention to the corners of your house.

    Check the Inside of Your Home

    Next, move inside your home to look for signs of damage.

    Foundation movement can cause your drywall to crack around door and window frames, nails to bulge out of your sheetrock, doors and windows to become challenging to open, and countertops or cabinets separating from the walls behind them. It can also cause your floor joists to warp or bend, so look for buckling or sloping flooring throughout your house.

    Moisture build-up and water intrusion in your foundation can create other issues inside your house. Pay attention to uncomfortable temperatures, unexplainable allergy symptoms from mold spores, and abnormally high utility bills. These can all indicate that humidity or mold spores in your crawlspace or basement are moving into your upper floors.

    Check Your Yard

    Lastly, inspect the outside of your house and your landscaping to identify potential foundation problems.

    First, look for cracked siding, leaning chimneys, and sagging rooflines, all of which can signify foundation movement.

    An uneven yard, leaning or crumbling retaining walls, cracked dirt during drought, and puddles on your lawn after precipitation can indicate that you don’t have adequate drainage on your property, which can create foundation problems.

    puddles on the lawn

  • Cost of Basement Foundation Repair In Chapel Hill, North Carolina?

    Chapel Hill foundations typically cost around $5,000 to repair. Some issues may cost as little as $300, while other repairs can exceed $20,000. We’ll offer average pricing below for inpidual foundation repair services, as this will give you a better idea of what your home improvement project will cost.

    Cost to Fix Foundation Cracks

    Foundation cracks vary in their severity, so the cost to repair them will range quite a bit.

    Cost to Seal Settling Cracks

    Thin vertical wall or basement floor cracks can usually be sealed for around $400. The price can fall anywhere between $250 and $750 depending on the method used, the size of the gap, and the contractor.

    Cost to Fix Horizontal Wall Crack

    Horizontal wall cracks are typically treated with wall anchors. The anchors cost around $1,000 each, and most walls require three to five braces. The total price for this basement or crawlspace repair will be between $3,000 and $5,000 on average.

    The cost to repair a bowing foundation wall will generally be similar, as the same method is used. However, a general contractor may choose to fix minor bowing with carbon fiber strips. These total around $2,000, and although they’re cheaper, they’re less permanent and typically don’t include a warranty.

    Cost to Fix Stair-Step Wall Crack or Uneven Floor Crack

    The damages brought about by differential settling usually require underpinning. The process involves placing push piers into the ground under your house to distribute the structure’s weight deeper into the earth. Steel piers reach down to the bedrock for support, while helical piers rely on much shallower helices for support.

    The total cost for underpinning can be as little as $3,000 or more than $20,000, depending on how large of a section of your house is sinking and the type of pilings you need.

    Basement Waterproofing Cost

    Water intrusion and moisture build-up are both widespread problems in Chapel Hill due to the expansive soil, frequent rainfall, and year-round humidity. Most foundation repair specialists will install a basement waterproofing system to combat these issues.

    The basement system should be customized for your home, so it can vary in cost from $2,000 to over $10,000. They typically include several methods for eliminating water and moisture, including dehumidifiers, sump pumps, French drains, vapor barriers, and crawlspace encapsulation.