Heber is much like other regions of the Wasatch Back. The city is typically riddled with precipitation, which means there are lots of water based issues. Generally speaking, the problems with water are pretty common, more so than areas like Salt Lake, or St. George. While we could compare Heber’s troubles regarding foundations and homes to another city in the Wasatch Back like Park City, the differences are pretty significant despite being surrounded by mountains, so we’ll keep the contrasting limited.
Heber is located at a higher altitude than most of Utah given its position up in the mountains of the Wasatch Range rather than sitting at the base of it like many areas throughout the northern part of the state, and as a result, it experiences more months of rain and snow than those areas too, much to its own detriment. What we mean by this is that, even though Heber City rests on terrain that is more reminiscent of plains and fields, it is no stranger to inclimate weather. Thankfully, the flat nature that encases most of the city means water problems are a bit less prevalent than some places in the state, but still present enough that they cannot be ignored. The geography makes building homes fairly streamlined and simple in comparison to other cities like Lehi, where homes and even offices often rest among the hills where it is more difficult to build them. The soil in Heber is fairly good and consistent in quality thanks to the consistent weather patterns as well, which makes it seem like a great place to build a home. Even still, it never hurts to take precautionary measures, because it never feels good having to tell people how expensive some of the unprecedented damages they received will cost to repair. It is always better to prepare for the worst, even if the chances of something poor happening are on the slim side of things.
So, with that said, what are some of the things to look out for in Heber? Well, to start, as stated previously, Heber still is prone to water damage, just like anywhere else in the state. To compensate for this, you’ll want to waterproof your home if it isn’t already. This will keep any water that may sink into your foundation from ever being able to do that, preventing the leading cause of foundation damage from being able to cause you any trouble. Unless a flood somehow swept across the city, water would be such a small problem, you likely wouldn’t have to worry about it afflicting your home for years to come.
Next up, the place you build your home, or rather, where your home is currently built and resting. At a glance, this may seem like something you can’t really control, but what we mean is to be mindful of the terrain your home sits on. Is the soil full of larger rocks? Is it gritty and loose? Is it damp and compact? All of these things can help you prevent future problems with enough details and resources at your disposal. Sometimes when a home is built, the soil it sits on isn’t consistent, and months or years after its construction, your home could start to settle or sink, which will definitely lead to expensive costs for repairs. Keep an eye out for the following throughout your home or even on the exterior, as these abnormal signs can indicate that poor soil among other things can be causing damage to your house and its foundation:
- Slanted or dipped surfaces
- Distorted frames
- Warped windows and glass panes
- Doors not shutting properly
- Tears in wallpaper
- Protruding floorboards or carpet
Now that you have an idea of what some of the problems are, let’s look at some of the ways Rhino Foundation Systems can help you if your home is seeing damage in Heber City.
The services Rhino Foundation Systems offers
Heber City is a region that has a good level of accessibility throughout the entire area, which means that unless it comes to an incredibly niche situation, Rhino Foundation Systems can use any of the tools at the team’s disposal to help solve the problem you may have. Repairs can move smoothly in most cases because the region is so open, and we likely won’t be needing to work at any weird angles because of the flat land. Of course, we can work in those niche situations just fine as well, but the level area means we likely won’t have to. Here are the services we can provide:
- Basement Waterproofing
- Crawl Space Encapsulation
- Carbon Fiber
- Foundation Leveling
- Helical Piers
- Concrete Leveling
- Polyurethane Foam
- Concrete Replacement
Frequently Asked Questions
Preventing damage by sealing or fortifying the home is almost always cheaper than having to pay for repairs. By the time your home has begun to sink or settle, repairs will likely cost more than $15,000, and bringing back full value to your home will be difficult at best. It isn’t impossible, but at the cost of repairs, it is hard to consider if it is really worth it in the worst cases. Some lighter damages are obviously going to cost much less to repair, like fixing a concrete slab for example.
If your home is in good condition, and is well sealed and fortified, you won’t have to worry about potential hazards as much down the line. The value of your home will also stay much higher than if it were to experience damage and repairs, which means if you are ever looking to sell and move, you’ll see more on the return than you would if those damages ever happened.
Heber City has its fair share of hazards when it comes to foundations, but many are just as prevalent as any other, so it is best to prepare in a wide variety. Ultimately, maintain a good drainage system, keep trees from being too close to your house, and keep an eye on the condition of the land around your home. If anything strikes you as odd or potentially hazardous, don’t be afraid to reach out to a foundation repair business for an inspection. Always a good idea to have an extra set of eyes look for something you may not have seen or known about.
The length of time a company like Rhino Foundation Systems will need to perform the repair process primarily depends on how far along any form of damage is. We find that the average number of days needed for repairs ranges from 1-3 days, although, this is of course subject to change depending on the amount of work that needs to be done. Generally speaking, 1-3 days is all the team should need.