Foundation Repairs

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated October 30, 2015)

If there is any part of the home that truly lives up to the old adage of "Out of sight, out of mind," then it has got to be the foundation. In fact, many people do not ever really think about their foundation, until they find themselves faced with costly repairs. No one likes to really think about it, but foundation repairs are a necessary evil that we all have to face unless we are wanting to see our money go down the drain.

Foundation repairs though can be kept to a minimum, if we know what to look for. To that end, here are some simple guidelines that anyone can use to help minimize foundation repairs in their home.

  • Prevention. Everyone knows that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to foundation repairs this seems to be even more true. The single largest cause for problematic foundations is through improperly packed soil. When a house is built, if the soil is not leveled and packed properly prior to laying the foundation then you run the risk of having the foundation sink, buckle, or break. In addition, you will also want to make sure that you landscaping is sloped away from your home, to ensure proper drainage from rain.
  • Problem signs. Finding out if you need some foundation repairs is very easy, all it takes is you to recognize some of the problem signs. These signs include windows and doors that might stick, unidentifiable leaks in the basement, cracks in foundation walls, sloped floors, and so on. Frankly, if you find anything at all that doesn't look right, then it is time to call in the experts to see if you have a problem.
  • Repairs. Simply put, you should never try to do any foundation repairs yourself. Always talk to a professional, or even a specialist, to ensure that you can get the work done right. You do not want to inadvertently cause more damage to your home, and these experts will be able to know what, if any, paperwork your local building inspector may require.
  • What to ask. When talking to a foundation repairman, make sure that you have a list of questions. First of all, ask if you are receiving a firm quote, or simply an estimate. If it is a firm quote, then you can reasonably expect to be able to hold them to it. Is their company properly insured and licensed? Are they willing to provide references? Simply ask any question that you might ask any possible employee, after all, you are hiring them.

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Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

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