Foundation issues, such as settlement, can be very costly, but not all issues mean a tear down is the solution. There aren’t fixed costs for foundation repairs, and the cost is typically based on the amount of work needing to be done. Minor cracks in a foundation can be handled for as low as about $500, and prices go up from there. Major settlement issues might require hydraulic piers (steel reinforcements that are driven through the foundation into the soil to correct foundation settlement issues). That’s could cost a minimum of $10,000 or more. The best way to handle foundation issues is to get estimates on the problem as soon as possible. For anything less than minor issues, you could be looking at a major construction situation and might need to move out while repairs are done. Foundation issues won’t magically go away and can affect plumbing, pipes, and, eventually, the structure of the house.