Fixing a broken foundation is a hard concept to understand as it is. Then the world adds myths and misconceptions about foundation repair. Here are a four misconceptions debunked.
Misconception #1: You don’t need foundation repair because concrete cracks.
It is true that concrete cracks. It is not a matter of it but when. The concrete sidewalk or your concrete patio is not as important. However, when it comes to your concrete foundation, when it cracks it needs to be fixed. Cracks in your foundation ultimately weaken the structure and need to be fixed. Even nonstructural cracks can cause problems with water infiltration, mold growth, and pests.
Misconception #2: Small cracks are no big deal.
Even small hairline cracks can cause problems with your foundation. The most common problem with hairline cracks is water. Water doesn’t need a large opening to enter your home. Those small cracks can be letting in water and causing an array of issues including mold and mildew, or letting in bugs, rodents, or soil gases like radon. If you look at it that way, small cracks are a big deal.
Small cracks also can be a sign of future problems. If ignored, small cracks can become big cracks and lead to even bigger foundation issues. Foundation cracks may seems as if they are staying the same but over the years they will nonstructural cracks can become structural cracks if the soil outside the foundation changes.
Misconception #3: Foundation Repair doesn’t really fix the problem.
This misconception is referring to a common scenario. A foundation repair contractor will come to assess the basement situation. There will be a problem zone on one side of the foundation. Even though the problem area is only on one side of the foundation, the foundation repair contractor suggests an entire foundation solution. The homeowner will choose to only do one side of the foundation where the problem currently exists. The foundation repair contractor can only do what the homeowner authorizes him to do. They try to educate the homeowner as much as possible about the potential of a return visit to fix the rest of the foundation in the future. The homeowner sometimes misses the big picture and thinks that the work that was done didn’t really fix the problem. But the truth is he chose to only fix one portion of the problem.
If a homeowner hires a reputable and knowledgeable foundation repair contractor and follows his advice to provide the proper solution to repair the foundation it will work. Contractors guarantee their work. And if you do partial work on the foundation, only the area where the work was done will be on warranty.
Misconception #4: Foundation Repair is too expensive.
While many homeowners think they can’t afford foundation repair work, the truth is they can’t afford not to. If your home needs foundation repair work, and you choose to ignore it, it will get worse before it gets better. If you fix the problems when they are small it will cost much less. If you wait until the problem is massive and dyer and your home on the verge of collapse, then it will be expensive.
If you ever want to sell your house, you will have a hard time selling with foundation repair issues. You will have to fix them before you sell.
Honestly, the best practice is to inspect your basement and keep it in good health throughout the lifetime of your house. The basement environment impacts the environment of the rest of the house. The foundation is the most important part of the house. If it is not sound, the whole structure of the house is in danger.
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