Foundation Repair

Buying an Old Home? 4 Common Tasks You May Face

When buying a home in or around Raleigh, North Carolina, some people look for the newest options on the market, while others are drawn to older homes with a more historic feel. Older homes are appealing for their unique architectural elements and their connection with history. However, these charming old houses can be expensive if you aren’t careful. Before making up your mind to buy an older home, we at PowerLift Foundation Repair want to make sure that you can handle these potential tasks:

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Major exterior work

You may be lucky enough to fall in love with a historic home that has been recently renovated, but you’ll most likely find one in “as-is” condition. This will likely cut a chunk off of the asking price, but also usually means that the home will be in need of some serious updating before it’s habitable. It isn’t uncommon for older homes to need new siding, new window shutters, a new roof, and even major landscaping work. All of these jobs will cost a significant amount of money, so make sure to have a contractor inspect the home and give you an estimate. This will allow you to gauge whether the lower price that you will pay for such a house is worth the work it’ll take to fix it afterwards.

Major inside repair work

One of the tradeoffs of owning an older home is that you’ll probably have to do some major work to get the utilities running properly. Some homeowners end up having to pay a couple thousand dollars to have their homes re-wired for electricity because they existing setup was dangerous; others will have to install HVAC systems to make the homes more comfortable in North Carolina’s sweltering summers. There’s also the plumbing and possible replacement of certain outdated features like the oven, stove, and shower. Consider how many of the updates would need to be done immediately and how many could be completed slowly over time to better manage costs.

Checking for dangerous chemicals

Today’s builders wouldn’t dream of insulating a house with asbestos or painting rooms with lead paint, but the home builders of the past wouldn’t have given it a second thought. If you’re thinking of buying an older home, you should have it inspected for any potentially dangerous building materials (especially if you have children or elderly tenants). Remember, it’s possible to get these things removed if you end up loving the home, but it could cost extra money.

Significant foundation work

A home’s foundation is important for its overall stability and habitability, and it isn’t uncommon for some older homes to need major foundation repairs. Foundation repair in Raleigh, North Carolina is very important, and should only be done by professionals (this should not be a DIY project). Have a home surveyor check your potential new home for foundation problems before you agree to purchase it. If you are set on the home but it needs repair, PowerLift Foundation Repair offers a surprisingly affordable way to do so. Call or contact us today to ask about our foundation repair services!

Buying an Old Home? 4 Common Tasks You May Face2022-12-27T18:27:47+00:00

Oklahoma City Public Schools

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After much consideration by the Engineers, General Contractor and School board. PowerLift Foundation was chosen to solve the structural settlement issues of this OKC school. PowerLift advanced STEEL piers were successfully driven over 69 feet to true load bearing strata and simultaneously lifted to stabilize this building. All good now👍

Oklahoma City Public Schools2023-05-25T20:50:20+00:00

Foam Lifting Concrete Slabs Rises In Popularity As Cost Effective Alternative To Other Methods

ADA, OK – PowerLift Foundation Repair’s method of polyurethane foam injection lifting of sinking concrete slab surfaces is growing in popularity as a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly alternative to the traditional method of demolition and replacement, as well as other injection methods. This method has multiple applications in residential, municipal and commercial markets, including, concrete slab lifting of sinking driveways, sidewalks, in residential applications and in municipal and commercial surfaces, like parking lots, roadways, and airport runways, etc. That makes, it a smarter, faster, stronger method of raising concrete slabs with many attributes:

  • Faster: Polyurethane concrete raising is 80% quicker than other injection repair methods. The material hardens in minutes, allowing repairs to be completed in hours instead of days and weeks of traditional methods. This rapid curing time of high-density polyurethane foam can allow public use immediately after the completion of the injection process.  Foam injection requires smaller injection holes of 3/8”, compared to 1”, or greater for alternative concrete lifting methods.
  • Smarter: Foam raising provides unsurpassed precision with an accuracy rate of 1/100th of an inch. Other repair methods must take shrinkage into consideration, but polyurethane foam expands and is more controllable with its quick drying characteristics. PowerLift’s material is specifically formulated to resist wet conditions, as it’s hydrophobic qualities repel water without compromising integrity.
  • Stronger: PowerLift’s polyurethane foam has a huge advantage over other material, as it provides a solid dense void platform that permantly supports the slab, of which its tensile strength and elongation allows it to be tough and pliable under heavy workloads. The foam has the unique ability to expand 20 times its liquid volume, which allows it to move laterally beneath pavement filling all voids and support the concrete slab with 100% coverage. Foam seeps into the sub-base of the concrete binding soil particles together, which strengthens the material base and creating an additional compounding effect during the lifting process and adds durability.
  • Smarter Weight: Other injection methods, such as mudjacking grout, can weigh down the sub-base up to 100 lbs. per cubic foot, as compare to polyurethane foam, which only contributes about 3 to 5 pounds per cubic foot.

Whether the application is raising a sinking driveway, or sidewalk in a neighborhood; a highway section on the interstate; or a runway at the airport, high-density polyurethane foam is a faster, smarter, and more cost effective and environmentally friendly way to get the job done.

Founded in 1986 in Ada, OK, PowerLift pioneered the foundation repair business and their patented steel pier foundation systems continue to provide the most reliable repairs available today. The Company has been a major contributor in innovative development of all known modern-day foundation repair techniques. With an A+ BBB rating, PowerLift has repaired over 25,000 residential, commercial and industrial foundations in its primary market area of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina and several other states. Also, PowerLift has become the “Go-To-Company” for the most complicated commercial repair projects across the U.S. and does not consider any job too big or too small.

Foam Lifting Concrete Slabs Rises In Popularity As Cost Effective Alternative To Other Methods2022-01-25T22:26:23+00:00

What You Must Know About Foundation Repair

Foundation Repair Problems

Foundation repair problems can not only be come evident on the exterior of a structure, but also on the interior. Spotting foundation problems can initially be subtle, but over time, foundation issues on a structure can become a major issue.

There are three main things to look out for:

  • Foundation damage may be evident because you have settling or uneven floors.
  • Another tell-tale sign is windows and doors that no longer open and close the way they should. If you see wall separation from door and window frames, the problem could be your foundation.
  • Cracks in walls, molding, and exterior concrete also point the way to foundation problems. Look out for foundation cracks and basement cracks (including horizontal cracks in basement walls).

The good news is that Powerlift Foundation Repair can repair your foundation, whether you are needing residential foundation repair, or commercial foundation repair, Powerlift has not only a team of experts, but we have the professional equipment, backed by years of experience.

What Does Foundation Repair Mean?

While there are different kinds of foundation repair, the shared goal is to stabilize the foundation. A professional will choose the right method for the situation. Two of the main types of foundation repair are foundation piering and slabjacking.

Foundation piering takes care of shifting clay or soil and other issues beneath the foundation. Piers are driven into the ground to prevent further movement of the foundation. Slabjacking, on the other hand, will involve drilling into the foundation to strengthen it with a mixture.

Do I Need Foundation Repair?

Uneven floors, cracks, or windows and doors that stick don’t mean that all is lost. In the best-case scenario, you may even find that your house is settling.

Foundations moving is not the problem. One part of your foundation moving while another part does not, however, can lead to damage. If your house is settling, this is natural and you won’t require a foundation repair.

While it’s not all bad news, don’t leave the integrity of your foundations to chance. If you’ve seen basement cracks, foundation cracks, or any other signs of a foundation problem, heed the warning immediately. Ask for our professional, reliable advice.

If you need a foundation repair, we’ll tell you why. We won’t do anything without your agreement and you can rest assured that we can explain the situation. We will explore any disadvantages of particular techniques to help you make the best decisions for you and your property.

How Much Does Foundation Repair Cost?

The cost of foundation repair depends on many factors. These include the type and size of the property, the severity of the damage, and the ground involved. Costs vary so much that an average estimate is unlikely to be useful to you. The best thing to do is to give us a call so we can see the issue for ourselves.

Benefit from our experience and expertise onsite. We will work out a custom plan to tackle your foundation problem, if a problem exists. And we will openly discuss the cost of the solutions with you.

Although people tend not to think about the foundation until something goes wrong, it is the most critical part of your home. We want it to continue to do its job. To help you solve any issues before they become serious problems, give us a call straight away. We’re ready to serve you with our friendly customer service and our expert analysis and advice.

What You Must Know About Foundation Repair2020-01-13T00:30:55+00:00

A Busy Year for Foundation Repair in Oklahoma!

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Residential & Commercial Foundation Repair

Oklahoman’s may be headed for a long, hot, dry summer causing Foundation Settlement Havoc!  As the summer months heat up clay soils dry out causing millions of dollars in Foundation damage.  When clay soils dry out they shrink and provide less support for your Foundation.  Yes it is true hot dry summers take a toll on Foundation Stability.

When foundations settle you will see cracks develop in your Brick and Sheetrock!  Often times settlement problems cause cracks to develop in both concrete and wood floors.  When structures settle it can also cause doors to drag or stick, fireplaces will lean away from the structure causing large gaps to develop between your house and your fireplace.  You may hear your house creak or pop as settlement progresses, if you notice any one of these problems around your home you may need Foundation Repair.

When you need Foundation Repair in Oklahoma Powerlift is here for you!  We provide our Foundation Repair Services State wide, so whether your in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Moore, Norman, Ardmore, Ponca City, Enid, Ada, McAlester, Tulsa, Bartlesville, Broken Arrow, Durant, Lawton, Duncan, Altus, Woodward or anywhere else in Oklahoma, Powerlift Foundation Repair is your Foundation Repair Specialist.  Powerlift provides all the latest Repair techniques available.  Steel Piers, Helical Piers, pre-construction piers and Polyurethane Foam Injection and are just a few of the services we provide for all your Foundation Repair needs.

Do not be mislead by those guys who advertise a Cheapest Price Guarantee, they are cheap for a reason!  Pressed piles are cheaper but they simply do not work well in Oklahoma’s clay soils.  Engineers will tell you a deeper pier is a better pier!  Powerlift’s piers are driven to bedrock or a load-bearing strata providing long term support, we provide the most proven method in the Industry when Oklahoma clay soils shrink.

If you want the best pier in the market at an affordable and fair price, look no further!  Powerlift Foundation Repair is Oklahoma’s Foundation Repair Expert!  With over 30 years experience in providing first class Foundation Repair services in Oklahoma’s clay soils, we have hundreds and hundreds of satisfied customers.

Oklahoma Foundation Repair

Oklahoma City, Norman, Edmond and Enid
(405) 748-5438

Tulsa Foundation Repair

Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Bartlesville and McAlester
(918) 587-5438

Altus, Lawton and Duncan Foundation Repair

(580) 355-5900

Ada, Ardmore and Durant

 (580) 332-5438

For State wide Foundation Repair service call (800)-562-5438. 

Call PowerLift Foundation Repair TODAY and put your home back on a Firm Foundation.




A Busy Year for Foundation Repair in Oklahoma!2019-05-28T14:15:56+00:00

Edmond Sun features Power Lift Foundation Repair

By Van Mitchell – Edmond Sun

okc foundation repairRandall McCown starts his day in Edmond going to appointments and working his way south to Norman meeting with potential customers for Power Lift Foundation Repair.

And, during those meetings he echoes the same message that is a standard bearer for Power Lift.

“We have spent a lot of years being old-school,” he said. “We tell the truth. We do the best job. All the engineers recommend us. Our objective is to give our customers an honest and competitive evaluation. I will explain to you so that you understand what it means, what is happening and how we are going to repair it.”

Power Lift is one of the oldest and largest independently owned structural repair companies in the United States serving both residential and commercial foundation repair concerns for 30 years. Power Lift Foundation Repair headquarters are in Ada, Oklahoma.

Their services include the installation of hydraulically driven steel piers, helical steel piers, pressure grouting, masonry repair and many other structural repairs.

“Our reputation with homeowners, architects, engineers and property management professionals across the United States has been the strength for our continued growth and stability,” said Bill Bolin, President of Power Lift. “Our dedicated management staff, experienced pier installers, and state of the art equipment have kept Power Lift at the leading edge of advanced foundation repair.”

McCown said Power Lift serves customers across Oklahoma and nationwide.

“The reason that people call is that they have cracks in bricks, sheetrock, drywall,” he said. “It is due to the expansive clay soil that contracts when it dehydrates when it is dry or expands when it is wet.”

Power Lift’s foundation repair system is designed and engineered to raise and stabilize residential and commercial structures, providing the best possible results. Made with all new materials, Power Lift pilings offer extra strength and maximum corrosion resistance, as well as a lifetime guarantee.

“Most of the repairs are by utilizing engineering-approved deep steel piers to bedrock that repair the areas that are needed,” McCown said. “Power Lift sets the industry standard by providing the highest-strength patented steel pier system on the market.”

McCown said Power Lift has done a variety of work in Edmond for homeowners, realtors, builders, the City of Edmond, Othello’s and the University of Central Oklahoma.

Terry F.M. Hunt, President Mid-Plains Electric Co., Inc. praised Power Lift in a letter for work the company did on his daughter’s home.

“I met with four different foundation repair companies to get prices to fix my daughter’s house in Stillwater,” Hunt wrote. “While you were not the cheapest, it was clear-from the start who was the most knowledgeable and professional. I have never seen a crew work so hard and get along with each other so well. Moreover, it was the informal, prompt and enthusiastic approach to getting the job done that we appreciated.”

McCown said Power Lift has worked hard to build a reputation that is trusted by homeowners, builders, realtors and engineers alike.

“For over 30 years, we have trained and assembled the largest team of professional installers and design specialists in the country,” he said. “We built a reputation with engineers, builders and realtors. Our call back ratio is less than one percent.”

For more information about Power Lift call (405) 748-5438 or visit

Edmond Sun features Power Lift Foundation Repair2018-01-17T17:32:35+00:00

Pioneer of U.S. Foundation Repair Industry Outlines Five Step Process of Common Repairs As Season Starts

ADA, OK – PowerLift Foundation Repair, the largest independent repair contractor and a pioneer in the US foundation repair industry for over 30 years, continues its long-standing practice of releasing consumer tips for foundation repair and replacement. As the foundation industry enters its peak season in the Midwestern and Southeastern US, PowerLift provides a five (5) step- process for reliable foundation repairs and stabilization.

PowerLift Founder & President, Bill Bolin, said his firm has a relationship responsibility to publish guidelines on its website entitled “Choosing A Foundation Repair Specialist” and providing helpful consumer information to home owners about the various techniques and applications involved in the foundation repair and stabilization process.

“PowerLift has always been free with resourceful information about the foundation repair and system process because we believe an informed consumer makes good and informed decisions.” Bolin said. “Unfortunately, industry growth has brought some contractors who quickly come and go from the business and distribute some misinformation and untested processes that confuses many people at the critical time they are making repair decisions on their biggest investment – their home.”

The five (5) customary foundation repair processes are:

1). Hydraulically Driven Steel Piers: PowerLift provides a patented steel pier lifting system for perimeter foundations and interior floor slabs. Its interior slab system is the most effective assembly available to lift and stabilize floor slabs for residential and commercial structures.

2). Helical Piers: PowerLift is an industry leader in manufacturing and installation of helical piers for residential and commercial structures. Its patented helical piers, combined with its proprietary, synchronized, hydraulic-lifting system, is one of the best options available to lift and stabilize foundations on residential and commercial structures. As a result, PowerLift piers are recommended by architects, structural engineers and construction professionals across the US.

3). Pre-Construction: PowerLift installs helical piers to support new foundations in the pre-construction process for all types of residential, commercial and industrial buildings. It designs, manufactures and installs single and multiple-flight helical piers using a wide range of pile diameters to provide the required load capacity customized to each project.

4). Foam Injection: PowerLift pioneered concrete slab lifting with high density polyurethane foam injection, which provides a light-weight, yet expansive, and economical lifting option to stabilize settled and sinking concrete in many residential, commercial and industrial projects.

5). Mud Jacking: Is a process of mixing water with concrete that is pressure pumped to lift and stabilize settled concrete by filling voids beneath concrete slabs on residential, commercial and industrial properties.

PowerLift Foundation Repair, founded and still based in Ada, OK, since 1986, pioneered foundation repair and steel pier foundation systems in the US with patented equipment and lifetime warranties. With a BBB A+ rating over three decades, PowerLift, has repaired over 25,000 residential, commercial and industrial foundations in its primary market areas of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina and several other states.



Pioneer of U.S. Foundation Repair Industry Outlines Five Step Process of Common Repairs As Season Starts2018-01-17T17:33:51+00:00

PowerLift Press Release Scores …

As one of the first Companies in the U.S. foundation repair industry over three decades ago, PowerLift is well suited to be an authority on best practices in the industry it has played a major role in creating. It has been involved in all of the foundation repair industry innovations since 1985 and has the patents, proprietary process, equipment and five-star customer reviews to back up its reputation of being a pioneer in the industry. Also, PowerLift has witnessed a lot of other foundation repair companies and their low quality, low-cost processes and equipment go by the wayside. As a result, as the 2017 foundation repair industry enters peak season, PowerLift published the time-tested and generally-accepted processes involved in the five most common foundation repairs. The release of the guidelines has been overwhelmingly popular from coast to coast and especially in the area of its primary markets of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. In these key areas where PowerLift has a local presence the release was picked up by the following media affiliates:

  • KTEN, Channel 10, Ada OK, Sherman TX
  • NewsOK (The Oklahoman), Oklahoma City
  • Associated Press, Oklahoma City
  • KWTV, Channel 9, Oklahoma City
  • KOTV, Channel 6, Tulsa
  • KQCW, Tulsa
  • KSWO, Chanel 7, Lawton
  • KAIT, Channel 8, Jonesboro, AR
  • WMCTV, Channel 5, Memphis, TN
  • Associated Press, Nashville, TN
  • WRCB, Channel 5, Chattanooga, TN
  • The News Observer, Raleigh, NC
  • WRAL, Channel 5, Raleigh, NC
  • WBTV, Channel 3, Charlotte, NC
  • WECT, Channel 6, Wilmington, NC
  • Associated Press, Raleigh, NC

In total, 178 media outlets with a potential audience of 186,344,832 picked up the release in the link below. The outlets with the largest audiences included, International Business Times, New York; Minneapolis Star Tribune; San Jose Mercury News; The Miami Herald; Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal; Kansas City Star; The Sacramento Bee; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; and TV stations in the major markets of New York, Boston, and Los Angeles.

Read the press release titled, Pioneer of U.S. Foundation Repair Industry Outlines Five Step Process of Common Repairs As Season Starts, by clicking the link below:

PowerLift Press Release Scores …2018-01-17T17:38:00+00:00

In the foundation repair industry, experience matters!!

Power lift Foundation repair provides the most experienced foundation repair specialists in the industry. Powerlift estimator’s average over 20 years of experience at our company alone.  Power  lifts  job  foremen’s average over 18 years of in house experience as well. It doesn’t stop there, our office personnel average over 19 years with us.

While Power lift may not be your cheapest estimate, that is part of  the reason why.  Power  Lift Foundation Repair employs experienced foundation repair specialists, ensuring the team of specialists not only have the latest technologies, but also the best materials and equipment on the market.  Our piers drive deeper, through unstable soils to a solid,  load bearing strata.

We have discovered that in order to remain the industry leader, we must give our customers the best of all there is to offer. We pay our employees for their experience and knowledge because in the long run, the customer receives benefit in long term job performance!

I, myself, am a 28 year veteran at Powerlift. I have seen every method to repair foundations attempted. The Power lift pier is the only pier I would use on my home. I have visited and worked with hundreds of home owners who had gone with a cheaper repair method only to be disappointed with it. In the long run it does not pay to go with a cheaper repair method. Power lift, with all we have to offer, is by far the best value for your money. If you want your foundation repaired right the first time you should call Power lift.

Blake Ronk

28 year Powerlift veteran
U.S. Army Veteran

Contact Powerlift today at 1-800-562·5438 or and put your home back on a firm foundation.

In the foundation repair industry, experience matters!!2017-06-12T21:26:30+00:00

Beware of Cheap Foundation Repair Companies!

Cheap Foundation Repair companies are here today and gone tomorrow!  Just like in most cases you get what you pay for!  You only advertise to have the Cheapest Price Guarantee if you don’t have anything else to promote your company with!  These companies use non-reinforced Concrete Pressed Piles.

Most Engineers don’t recommend Pressed Concrete Piles because they don’t work well in Oklahoma’s Clay Soils; a deeper pier is a better pier!  Steel and Helical Piers are the piers of choice to people who know the difference.  Powerlift Foundation Repair is Oklahoma’s Foundation Repair Specialists!  With more than 30 years of continued service, Powerlift provides the best pier in the market at competitive price!

While employing the most knowledgeable and experienced Repair Staff, Powerlift is your best choice for Quality Foundation Repair; we have installed tens of thousands of piers that continue to provide optimal performance when clay soils expand and contract. Foundation Repair is no game; don’t be misled that a cheap pier will provide long-term performance.  Consumers today should be smart enough to know that all piers are not equal.  Just like as with anything else, you get what you pay for.  Based on performance history, the Powerlift pier provides the most cost-effective fix for your Foundation Repair needs.  Be wise and fix it right the first time!

Call Powerlift today for all your Foundation Repair needs.

Powerlift Foundation Repair Locations

Oklahoma City / Norman / Edmond / Enid

(405) 748-5438

Tulsa / Broken Arrow / Bartlesville / McAlester

(918) 587-5438

Altus / Lawton / Duncan

(580) 355-5900

Ada / Ardmore / Durant

(580) 332-5438

For foundation repair service state-wide throughout Oklahoma call our TOLL FREE Number (800)-562-5438.

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Call Powerlift today and put your home back on a Firm Foundation.



Beware of Cheap Foundation Repair Companies!2017-06-12T21:23:37+00:00
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