Foundation repair can seem, well…scary to those who have never had to deal with it. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about the process of repairing damaged foundation, and in reality, it’s not as invasive, costly, or scary as it may seem. Today, we’re debunking a few common myths you may have heard about foundation damage and repair.
Myth #1: Any contractor is qualified to repair your foundation.
Many people believe that for any construction project, the best approach is to get a few estimates and then choose the most inexpensive option. In reality, the best way to find a reliable contractor is to do some research and find a company that specializes in settlement, foundations, and concrete repairs. Look for certifications, reviews, testimonials, and other validating information. There are plenty of untrustworthy people in the home repair sector, many of which are just scammers, so price should not be your first priority when looking for a contractor.
Myth #2: Foundation repairs are extremely expensive.
Depending on what needs to be done, foundation repairs can certainly be pricey. However, this doesn’t mean every repair will cost you an arm and a leg. With new technology, repairs are no longer as invasive as they used to be and the cost to fix certain things might surprise you (in a good way, that is).
Myth #3: Filling cracks in the foundation is enough repair.
This one is just plain wrong. Cracks are a sign of foundational damage, not the root of the problem. Part of your service may include filling these cracks, but the main component is repairing bowing walls, street creep, or other conditions that may be causing them. Remember, it’s best to get cracking walls inspected right away, as the damage will get worse and ultimately cost more to repair if left unaddressed.
Myth #4: Foundation issues are a result of problems with the way your home was built.
The fact that your home is experiencing foundation problems does not mean that your home’s foundation is of low quality. Foundation issues are usually caused by changes in the soil below a home. Soil shrinks and expands in different conditions, causing the home to settle, its walls to bow, etc. So don’t worry- you shouldn’t be rethinking or regretting the biggest purchase of your life just because there’s a foundation issue.
That’s it for today, but there are more foundation myths that need to be busted. Stay tuned for more later this month!