How To Spot Foundation Problems And The Repair Options To Consider

Posted on: 14 October 2018

The foundation of your home can be damaged in different ways depending on how your house is built. Foundation problems are never a good thing, but repairs are usually possible by shoring up the foundation in some way and leveling your house. Here's when to suspect you have foundation damage and some options for repairing it.

Signs That Point To Foundation Damage 

If your home is old and built on wood pilings, you might be able to see the damage caused by wood rot or termites. If you don't see it, an exterminator may find it during a termite inspection. Damage to a concrete foundation may be more difficult to spot, although sometimes the problem is obvious. You might see a crack or depression in a slab. There could be cracks in the walls or bowing of the walls. Less obvious signs reflect problems with shifting of the house. When your home is no longer level, doors and windows may not open and shut easily.

Options For Foundation Repair

Repairing termite damage could be a matter of replacing wood pilings with steel or concrete. Extensive repairs may be needed for the rest of the wood foundation by replacing other wood building materials and returning your home to a level state. Sunken areas of concrete can sometimes be lifted by pumping concrete slurry or spray foam under the slab to raise it. This has the added benefit of filling in depressions under the foundation, so the slab stays in place.

Another option for foundation repair is to shore up the foundation with piers. These can be made of steel or concrete, and they provide a new base for your home to rest upon. Steel piers have the advantage of being easier to install than concrete. Plus, dirt has to be removed to pour concrete piers while steel piers can be driven into the ground, so there is less mess in your yard when using steel piers. However, you also want the most effective and permanent means of foundation repair, so calling in a foundation repair contractor for an assessment and advice is essential.

Foundation repair methods vary quite a bit when it comes to cost and how long the work takes to complete. There are many factors to consider when choosing the right method. In some cases, you might not have a choice. For instance, it might not be possible for equipment that's needed for concrete work to reach your home if you have a zero-lot line.

A professional can help you choose the right repair method based on your individual situation and budget. One thing you don't want to do is postpone taking care of the problem because the damage to your foundation may get worse and put your home in danger.