Most homeowners do not have to deal with foundation repair issues very often. This is good news. However, when you do have foundation repair issues, it’s important to know what to expect from the professional company that you contract to help take care of them. Since you haven’t worked with these companies much, if at all, you may feel unsure of yourself and what you should expect. The following information is designed to offer you some insight into what you can expect.
What’s going on?
The first thing that you should do is call for an inspection. Cracks in the foundation can develop for a number of different reasons. It can be difficult to tell why your foundation is cracking unless you’re an experienced expert. These experts can often look at a crack and determine its cause. They will diagnose the cause; it could be poor drainage of your soil, tree roots, temperature extremes, settling, or a combination of things.
Fix the problem
The integrity of your home is not what it could and should be when your foundation has issues. There are several ways to repair your foundation.
- Concrete has been used to repair foundations for many decades.
- Steel is another option.
- Foam is also a consideration.
Your contractor can determine the best way to repair your foundation based on where you live and your home’s construction. Every foundation is unique and has its own special issues. Your contractor can sort out the issues and come up with the solutions for them. Once your foundation is repaired, you should not see cracks or have leaks again.
Don’t do it yourself
Some homeowners try to do repairs themselves. There are repair kits on the market. They are easy to use and do appear to fix the problem. However, you will be doing the same repairs over and over again when you use them. These kits provide a temporary solution to the problem. What you need is a permanent fix.
One thing to keep in mind is, the sooner you spot foundation issues and have them diagnosed, the less expensive the repairs usually are. When you let a problem go neglected for months or even years, you’re just avoiding the inevitable and you can be sure that you’ll have a bigger bill at the end of the day. Be a smart homeowner and have foundation issues checked out as soon as possible.
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