Perma Jack FAQ's

What does the average Perma Jack Foundation Repair Job cost?

  • $ 5,000 to 10,000 is a very small job
  • $ 15,000 to 25,000 is a medium size job
  • $ 30,000 and up is a large job

(**We can often give you a preview or "ball park" idea from a phone discussion. But this is not a guaranteed price)


What areas does Perma Jack Valentine Service?

We have happy customers throughout the entire San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, and  are able to provide service anywhere in Northern Ca.  We have traveled as far north as Honeydew, CA, about 6 hours north, to well below San Jose.

Here is a partial list of the towns and communities we service:

Alameda,  Alamo, Albany, American Canyon, Antioch, Belmont, Benicia, Berkeley,  Bethel Island, Brentwood, Burlingame, Campbell,  Castro Valley, Clayton, Colma, Concord, Corte Madera, Cupertino, Daly City, Danville, Dixon, Dublin, El Sobrante, Fairfield, Hayward, Hercules, Hillsborough, Kensington, Kentfield, Lafayette, Livermore, Lodi, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Manteca, Marin City, Martinez, Menlo Park, Mill Valley, Millbrae, Milpitas, Moraga, Monte Sereno, Mountain View, Napa, Newark, Oakley, Oakland, Orinda, Pacheco, Palo Alto, Pinole, Pittsburg, Redwood City, Richmond, Rio Vista, Rodeo, San Anselmo, San Bruno, San Francisco, San Jose, San Leandro, San Pablo, San Rafael, San Ramon, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Sausalito, Siusun City, South San Francisco, Stockton, Sunnyvale,  Sunol,  Stanford, Tiburon, Union City, Vacaville, Vallejo, Walnut Creek  


Do small hairline cracks always mean foundation stabilization is necessary?

No, It is possible for slight seasonal movement to cause minor cracking and no other damage.  Underpinning or stabilization may not be necessary.


Can you underpin from the inside of the foundation?

Yes, but the driving ram is 6' tall and that usually requires a hole in the floor above.         


When is the best time of year to underpin?

We underpin with the Perma Jack System all year long.  


What are the areas that have the most foundation settlement issues?

Foundation settlement issues exist throughout the entire San Francisco Bay Area, but certain areas seem to have a slightly higher incidence of settlement per capita.  Some of the towns we have worked in a lot are:

  • Lafayette, Orinda, Pleasanton, Walnut Creek, Concord, Oakland, Danville, San Jose, San Ramon, and Berkeley.
  • Marin County - North Bay including Santa Rosa, Napa, Petaluma, and Sonoma.
  • Through the East Bay and the valley to Sacramento
  • Over the years we've worked throughout the entire Bay Area and well beyond


Do these jobs require engineering and a permit?

Yes.  We usually handle all the necessary permits and engineering.

Owners should always check to see that the contractor has a proper permit, current license, liability and workmans comp insurance before starting the project.


Can I wait until I'm ready to sell my home to stabilize and level?

The best position to be in at the point of sale is to have completed the project some years ago.  It's hard to argue with actual success, and five years is long enough to have a track record.  It can be a big negative issue to deal with while selling, and the buyer will likely want to be credited the highest possible cost rather then the least.  From over 30 years of experience, we feel it's best to get the foundation repair and leveling work done well before you sell.