It is very tempting to consider do-it-yourself foundation repair.You figure you can save money if you do it yourself, so you search what your problems are and then find the solutions. The problem is, you are likely just going to put a bandaid on a much bigger problem. All over the internet and TV you find websites and programs with DIY steps for fixing foundation problems. Most people do not have the tools that it would take to do what really needs to be done for foundation repairs. The problem is programs on TV and website make it seem simple, and bait their programs with the enticing “you could save a lot of money” tagline.

Why You Shouldn’t Try to DIY

Your foundation is the most important part of your home. Most people focus the cosmetic parts of their home; paint, flooring, and so on. These very well might be good DIY projects for homeowners. When it comes to your foundation however, you really don’t want to go the DIY route. Here is why:

1. It is hard to tell when foundation problems are leading to foundation failure.

You might know the signs of foundation problems. A homeowner should know the signs including bowing and leaning walls, floor cracks, wall cracks, foundation cracks, and more. But do you know when foundation failure is imminent? It takes a structural engineer to really know how serious the problems you have are. Special training is required to recognize these types of problems and the level of seriousness is involved.

2. You foundation can make or break the value of your home. 

Your foundation is the most important part of your house. When an inspection is done on your home if you are trying to sell it, the inspector will absolutely know the difference between DIY foundation repairs and professional foundation repairs. This will affect the value of your home.

3. You likely don’t have the right tools to perform foundation repairs. 

Many websites claim to offer DIY foundation repair “kits”, but slapping some carbon fiber on a wall crack may not be all that you need. Some foundation repair jobs require piering products or underpinning products to lift or level a foundation. Some foundation repairs require epoxy injections performed under high pressure. These require special equipment to complete. Some jobs require excavation to get to the root area of the problem. Again, you really won’t know until you contact a foundation repair expert.

4. You could cause yourself injury or cause additional damage to your home. 

It’s okay to admit you don’t how to fix your foundation issues. It is a lot better to admit that than to hurt yourself because you don’t know what you are doing. It is also possible that you could make your foundation problems worse by not knowing what you are doing. There is no DIY foundation repair important enough to cause yourself injury or further home damage. If you aren’t sure, or if you are following steps on a website or from a kit to do your foundation repairs, you probably don’t have the skills required to do the job safely.

5. You might cost yourself more money in the end. 

If you aren’t sure what you are doing you could cost yourself a lot more money in the end. It is possible that you try to fix your own foundation and when it doesn’t work, a foundation specialist comes in and has to undo what you tried to do to fix your own problem. This can result in higher costs for your foundation repairs. Your wallet is definitely something to consider when it comes to do it yourself foundation repairs.

When it comes to foundation repair, contact an expert. Here at Epp Concrete, we specialize in foundation repair. We’ll come to your home and give you a free, no obligation estimate. Our crew will walk you through and explain your foundation problems and how we will go about fixing them.