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Can Foundation Repair Be A DIY Job


you a home’s foundation is the bottom most layer that provides the support for a home depending on the part of the country the size of the home and when it was built the type of foundation may vary concrete slab foundations are the most common some are built to sustain crawl spaces or basements other foundation types are pier and beam piled and spread foundations regardless of the type all will require at some point foundation repair signs of a foundation in native repair include cracks in the walls bricks drywall tile or even the foundation itself other signs are sticky door jams and windows sloping floors cracking or separating chimneys or fasciae board in some cases mold may accumulate in the cracks whether too much or not enough water is the main culprit in foundation repair cases over saturated soil expands pushing into the home and foundation and overtime loses stability causing the foundation to again move and crack dry soil on the other hand contracts pulling away from the perimeter of the home leaving little support for the foundation causing shifts and cracks when foundation problems begin to appear it is crucial to repair them as soon as possible early foundation repairs may prevent further problems down the road and save money on more extensive repairs unaddressed foundation problems may lead to damaged plumbing buckled walls and cabinets or Mantle’s coming apart from walls worse yet broken or damaged plumbing may lead to leaks and mold in our age of do-it-yourself biy and easy-to-follow instructional videos it can be tempting to attempt foundation repairs on your own this however is not often the recommended course of action there are easy preventive and maintenance steps that can be taken such as watering your foundation during dry seasons ensuring proper drainage during wet seasons other best practices include keeping the south and west sides of the home shaded but also ensuring trees and shrubs are far enough from the house to prevent roots from growing into the foundation true Foundation Repair is best left to a professional who understands the structural soundness of your home has the most current knowledge tools and equipment for foundation repair preparing your home’s foundation isn’t only about eliminating cracks and walls or evening sloping floors it involves getting underneath your home using heavy equipment and installing repairs that will last along with stable and statting repair work your foundations must remain safe poorly paired foundations not only lead to more foundation problems but compromise the safety of your home and most likely won’t pass inspection to ensure the best possible foundation repair consulting and hiring the foundation repair professional you feel most comfortable with it’s essential interview foundation repair companies to find their area of expertise and to obtain bids based on your research then ask for referrals to obtain customer insight into the company and process ask the companies are about warranties guarantees how they handle unexpected findings that increase the initial bid and cost estimate also ask them how they propose to repair the damaged foundation and what to expect about the time of the project and any pre project work you will need to do some repairs require that Mantle’s and walls are emptied or basements cleared out a little bit of homework can save your home a lot of work

Bernard Jenkins

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