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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?

Portsmouth, Virginia provides residents with a close-knit community, access to numerous beautiful beaches, moderate weather for most of the year, and stunning water views in nearly every direction. Unfortunately, the city’s attractive qualities also contribute to a high occurrence of foundation damage and the need for costly structural repairs.

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 Portsmouth. Our pros have years of experience and are familiar with the nuances of Portsmouth 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 discuss the specific reasons why home foundations are at such high risk of problems in Portsmouth and the typical symptoms you may see if your home’s foundation is compromised.

We’ll also provide some tips for minimizing the damage and your repair costs, as well as the average pricing for typical foundation repair services in the city.

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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: Portsmouth, VA

    Description: I would like a reasonable estimate for crawlspace doors, moisture barrier and to know if the work can be done in stages.

  • Foundation Repair

    Date of Request: 10/19/2021

    Location: Portsmouth, VA

    Description: Have uneven floors and moisture underneath house issues. Would like an inspection and recommendation.

  • Foundation Repair

    Date of Request: 10/19/2021

    Location: Portsmouth, VA

    Description: I own a 65 year old home in Portsmouth, VA. I have a problem with a sinking foundation. Looking for an experienced contractor to make the necessary repairs. If interested please respond. Thank you

  • Foundation Repair

    Date of Request: 10/16/2021

    Location: Portsmouth, VA

    Description: I found out over the weekend that I have a crack of some kind in my basement floor and I want to get a estimate to have it repaired.

  • Foundation Repair

    Date of Request: 10/13/2021

    Location: Portsmouth, VA

    Description: I have cracked brick outside of home cracked wall inside and even floors been qoute

  • Foundation Repair

    Date of Request: 10/11/2021

    Location: Portsmouth, VA

    Description: Need about 12 new piers in crawl floor sinking

  • Does Foundation Movement Affect Portsmouth, Virginia?

    As attractive as Coastal Virginia is to many people, property owners in the area have to deal with foundation movement more often than many other areas throughout the United States. Houses in Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News, Suffolk, and other cities in the area are affected by under-home problems at an alarming rate.

  • What Causes Foundation Problems In Portsmouth, Virginia?

    There are several underlying factors that make foundation damages so widespread in Portsmouth. We’ll provide some information on each of the specific causes below and the impact they have on your home’s foundation.

    Expansive Soil

    Despite its coastal location near sandy beaches, the city is underlain by Portsmouth series soil. The ground in the area is classified as loam and mucky loam, and it’s very poorly drained.

    As a result, the earth in Portsmouth soaks up water readily and holds it for long periods as it slowly drains. The expansive, clayey soil presents some of the most significant problems for home foundations.

    The absorbent property of the fine soil lends itself to ground expansion in the presence of water. Rainfall in Portsmouth soaks into the dirt, causing the earth to swell and push against your foundation.

    The concrete can flex slightly in response to minimal added hydrostatic pressure, but eventually, a stress crack forms and compromises your foundation’s structural integrity.

    When the ground becomes saturated with rainfall or floodwater, the poor drainage in the area and the absorbent soil contribute to runoff accumulating on or near the surface.

    The moisture is held or forced against your concrete for extended periods, making water intrusion a common issue in the area.

    ground saturated with rainfall

    Finally, expansive soil shrinks as the moisture eventually leaves the ground. Following precipitation, the runoff drains and causes the swelled soil to lose volume and pull away from your foundation. This process can happen uniformly, but the clay soil increases the risk of differential settling.

    Differential settling occurs when the ground around your home loses moisture unevenly and leaves your foundation with varying levels of support. Those areas that lose support can sink enough to the point where a fissure forms, creating foundation instability.

    Above-Average Rainfall

    Portsmouth receives an average of around 47 inches of rain annually, which is about 150% of the national average. The precipitation is concentrated from June to September, with those months bringing 4-6 inches of rain each.

    The heavy and regular rainfall keeps the moisture content of the ground high, meaning the soil will remain swollen for extended periods. The frequent and persisting hydrostatic pressure from the excessive runoff contributes to the risk of structural damage.

    Additionally, runoff is suspended in the ground against your foundation for days following precipitation, increasing the chance of water intrusion and water vapor problems beneath your home.

    Coastal Location & Flooding

    The location on the coast makes Portsmouth a desirable place to live, but it also means that flooding is a common occurrence in the area. Flooding can happen for several reasons in the city.

    Tidal flooding and sea-level rise both contribute to flooding in Portsmouth, especially during heavy rainfall and severe weather.

    Large portions of the city are in AE and X-shaded flood zones as a result, and these areas near the coast are particularly prone to floods.

    Unfortunately, the above-average rainfall and poor soil drainage also mean that flash flooding is a problem. High amounts of runoff falling on dirt that drains it slowly will quickly back up to the surface, rapidly leading to flooding.

    Tropical Storms and Hurricanes

    Lastly, Eastern Virginia is regularly hit with tropical storms and hurricanes. Portsmouth is somewhat protected from these storms by Virginia Beach and Norfolk, but the area still experiences intense weather, heavy rainfall in a short amount of time, and storm surge.

    The abundance of surface water and risk of flooding from rising tides during hurricane season keeps the ground saturated, increasing the hydrostatic pressure on your concrete foundation and the likelihood of water and water vapor leaking into your home.

  • What Are The Signs of Basement Foundation Damage In Portsmouth, Virginia?

    Foundation damage in Portsmouth can appear in a variety of ways, mainly depending on the underlying cause and how extensive the problem is. We’ll discuss the most common warning signs you’re likely to find on your home below.

    Foundation Cracks

    Most foundations crack, and identifying the cause of the fissure can be challenging. We’ll include some information below on the different types of foundation cracks and the issue that is most likely to cause them.

    Slab or Basement Floor Cracks

    Cracks develop on the majority of slabs, whether yours is constructed on-grade or acts as the floor of your crawlspace or basement. These gaps can indicate normal settling or severe structural damage.

    Hairline cracks in your concrete slab that are level across the gap are usually a sign of harmless concrete settling.

    They seldom indicate structural damage and should simply be sealed by a foundation repair company to prevent water and moisture problems.

    If the cracks on your slab’s surface widen beyond ⅛” or start to become unlevel, they likely indicate differential settling, which could suggest structural damage. These gaps need more extensive repairs, often including concrete lifting and underpinning.

    Cracks That Span the Foundation’s Corners

    You may notice cracks developing on the concrete on the exterior of your home that start on one edge of your foundation and span to another. These gaps typically suggest differential settling as well as structural problems.

    Vertical Wall Cracks

    If you have a crawlspace or basement, vertical cracks are often visible on the interior foundation walls.

    These wall cracks are often from routine concrete settling in the year or two after new construction. Their repair generally just consists of a polyurethane or epoxy sealant.

    Horizontal Wall Cracks

    Cracks on your concrete block wall that are parallel to the ground form when the concrete splits in response to undue stress from expanding soil.

    These gaps often necessitate wall stabilization and sealing to resist further inward movement and reduce the risk of water intrusion.

    Stair-Step Wall Cracks

    The last type of foundation crack you’re likely to see develops in the shape of stair steps on your crawlspace or basement walls. These fissures signify differential settling and often mean that your foundation’s structural integrity has been compromised.

    These gaps need to be addressed by a foundation repair contractor immediately, as they can lead to total foundation failure.

    Water Damage or Moisture Build-Up

    Water and moisture problems are both widespread in Portsmouth because of the poorly drained, expansive soil, above-average rainfall, and frequency of flooding. The symptoms you notice in your home will largely depend on the style of foundation you have.

    If you have a crawlspace or basement, the warning signs will be most apparent under your home. You might discover standing water, puddles, wet areas of concrete, water stains on the walls, and water damage in the space beneath your home.

    If water vapor is a problem, you’re likely to find mold growth, efflorescence, insect or rodent infestation, damp air, and musty odors in your under-home area.

    efflorescence on the walls

    If your home is built slab-on-grade like most in Portsmouth, the symptoms will be more challenging to identify. Common signs include musty smells in your living space, uncomfortable temperatures, above-average heating and cooling bills, or unseasonal allergy symptoms triggered by mold spores.

  • How to Find Signs of Foundation Damage In Portsmouth, Virginia?

    Finding and treating foundation damage before it develops into a structural or otherwise severe issue is crucial for minimizing the resulting damage and repair costs.

    Foundation issues often go unnoticed, so completing a dedicated inspection every three to four months will help you identify problems early. We’ll include details of a comprehensive DIY assessment below.

    Check Your Foundation

    Begin the inspection with your foundation, which is likely to show symptoms as the source of the problem. Check the concrete strip beneath your house outside for sinking and cracking, paying careful attention to the corners of your home where differential settling will be most evident.

    If you have a crawlspace or basement, enter that space next. Examine the walls and floor for cracks, and report any that have recently formed or are expanding or lengthening to a concrete repair specialist.

    While you’re beneath your house, you can also look for symptoms of water or moisture issues contributing to a wet basement. Check for efflorescence, mold or mildew, musty smells, damp air, standing or puddling water, pest infestation, and any other signs of water damage or moist construction materials.

    Inspect Your Living Space

    Once you’re done under your house, move onto your living area.

    Foundation movement often affects the framing behind your walls and the floor joists, so look for walls that aren’t plumb, cracks developing near the corners of wall openings or the corners of rooms, windows or doors that get stuck, nail heads visibly popping out of the sheetrock, and sloping or uneven floors.

    You may be able to identify visible mold growth that can be attributed to moisture accumulation under your home. However, you’ll more often notice humid or abnormally hot or cold air in your home, as well as musty odors.

    While you’re inspecting your house, check with your family members to see if they have suffered any allergy symptoms while indoors that cannot be attributed to a source other than mold.

    Finish Your Inspection Outside

    Complete your inspection outside your house, where symptoms of a shifting or sinking foundation typically appear. Look at your siding or facade for cracks, and check the chimney for cracking or signs of the bricks pulling away from your house. Inspect the roofline to confirm that there is no sagging or unevenness.

    crack in the facade

    Check your landscaping for symptoms of expansive soil and poor drainage while you’re outside.

    Common signs of these problems include gaps forming between your foundation and the ground during dry periods, dips developing on your lawn, leaning or crumbling retaining walls, and puddles forming on the surface of your property during rainfall or following flooding.

  • Cost of Basement Foundation Repair In Portsmouth, Virginia?

    Most Portsmouth homeowners pay approximately $5,500 for foundation repairs. However, the price for your home improvement could fall anywhere between $250 and $20,000.

    To help you get a better estimate for your repair, we’ll include typical pricing for different repair solutions below.

    Cost to Seal Foundation Cracks

    Foundation cracks that don’t indicate structural damage require the most straightforward repair. General contractors can often seal these for as little as $250, but longer or wider cracks may reach up to around $750.

    Cost to Repair a Horizontal Crack

    Wall anchors are the best solution for horizontal foundation wall cracks. The anchors pull your wall outward to an anchor in your lawn and keep it in a vertical position, helping to resist hydrostatic pressure in the future.

    This basement or crawlspace repair generally costs between $3,000 and $5,000, but larger walls may need additional anchors and will be more costly.

    Cost to Repair a Sinking Foundation

    Differential settling is best repaired with a concrete leveling technique called underpinning. This process involves installing push piers beneath your foundation to remove your home’s total dependency on the soil underneath.

    Push piers cost between $1,000 and $3,000 each, depending on the style and length. Most homeowners pay an average of around $5,000 for steel piers and between $10,000 and $20,000 for helical piers.

    Underpinning is among the most complicated foundation repairs, so it’s crucial that you choose a repair contractor with years of experience and positive testimonials.

    Cost to Fix Water or Moisture Issues

    Most foundation repair experts will install a basement waterproofing system to help limit water intrusion and moisture accumulation under your home.

    If you have a slab foundation, these setups can include exterior drainage systems, vapor barriers, soil gradation, and a gutter system. If you have a crawlspace or basement, it might also include a sump pump system, crawlspace encapsulation, and dehumidifiers.

    The average cost for these basement systems in Portsmouth is around $5,500. The price for this home repair typically ranges from $2,000 up to about $10,000, depending on the equipment included, the workmanship, and the warranty that is offered on the system.