Common Inquiries

What causes foundation failure?

Unstable soil is the primary reason for foundation failure. Soil expands as it takes on water and contracts as it dries back out. Large amounts of sand or clay in the soil can also lead to instability. In addition to unstable soil, tree roots can cause damage to slabs, piles and chain-walls, leading to overall foundation failure.

How can I tell if my home needs foundation repair?

If cracks have begun to appear in your walls or ceilings, if your windows have started to stick and your doors have begun to swing irregularly, if you’ve noticed sloping or buckling in your floor boards or if you’ve noticed roof or window leaks, then you should begin to consider foundation repair.

What will happen if I put foundation repair off till next year?

It is possible that you’ll be just fine. HOWEVER, it is also possible that, if you don’t pursue foundation repair immediately, the exterior of your home will begin to crack, your stone or ceramic floor tiles with crack and/or break, wall tiles will come loose (and maybe fall off… hopefully not onto your foot), and your roof will begin to leak.

Am I eligible for grant money? If so, how much?

There were many grant programs that are available for home elevation. We have listed these grants and their criteria in our grant assistance info center. Please feel free to browse through that information, but if you still have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

How long should this project take? And when can you start?

Each foundation repair and house raising project is different from the next. Design development, permitting and code compliance all affect the amount of time a project will take to complete. Therefore, we are unable to give precise lead times, however the majority of our projects have an 8-12 week construction phase.

Can I stay in my home while your team is raising it?

Homeowners are usually displaced only for a 1-3 of days while the house is actually being raised. To raise a structure, all utility lines must first be disconnected. Until the house has been raised and is resting in its final position, the building will have no electricity, gas or water, thereby making it uninhabitable. Once the building is at rest and the utilities have been reconnected, the homeowner is cleared to occupy the residence. On occasion, the reconnect process is delayed due to noncompliance. Before the municipality will authorize a reconnect, a structure must be brought up to code. In such cases Abry Brothers will work to coordinate the work as quickly as possible so as to minimize the amount of time a homeowner is displaced.

Do you offer a lifetime warranty? Is it transferrable?

Yes and Yes! Abry Brothers’ offers a transferrable lifetime warranty on all pilings that it installs.

Are you licensed, bonded and insured? Do you cary workman’s compensation on field staff? Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes!

Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes! Our state contractor’s license number is: 26319. We are bonded an insured. For more details, give us a call!

How do I know that you aren’t going to take my money and leave me hanging?

Abry Brothers has only ever operated in the Greater New Orleans area – which has a relatively small geographic footprint. Because of this, our livelihood depends largely on referrals. To be blunt, as a local company, we don’t have the luxury of stiffing our clients. We have been complaint free with the Better Business Bureau for years and Angie’s List members have given us an A+ for service! Additionally, we are backed by the International Association of Structural Movers. When you choose Abry Brothers’ you choose a history of quality work and a reputation for excellence.

Foundation Repair Q&A You’ve got foundation repair questions! And we’ve got answers! What causes foundation failure?


Home Elevation and Elevation Grant Program Info Center You may qualify for an Elevation Grant, which could fund your home elevation project!


What to expect when you contract Abry Brother’s for house elevation services or foundation repair services.