Repairing Your Home's Troubled Foundation

Posted on: 27 May 2020

When a home's foundation suffers damage, it can pose an imminent threat to the owner. If this damage is not repaired in a timely and thorough manner, the stability of the entire building may be at risk. Considering that foundation repairs may be something you have never had to handle before, it can be easy to find yourself being unsure as to how to proceed with this work due to some prominent misconceptions about foundation work.

Myth: It Will Be Impossible To Determine Whether Foundation Damage Has Occurred

Due to the foundation being buried deep below the surface of the soil, it can seem like there will be no way to determine whether it has suffered extensive damage. Yet, there can be indications that a home is currently experiencing foundation problems, and if a homeowner responds to these indications, they may be able to address the problem before the repairs become too expensive or the home becomes unstable. Doors and windows becoming stuck or difficult to use can indicate that the foundation is in trouble as it can cause the alignment of the home to become bad enough that the door and window frames may no longer be straight. Cracks that develop and run along the walls is another indication that the foundation has potentially suffered severe damage.

Myth: Foundations Are Impossible To Repair

The repair options that are available to you for your home's foundation problems will largely depend on the nature and severity of the damage that has occurred. For example, a foundation that has suffering problems due to soil eroding from under it can be stabilized with the use of support rods that can be inserted into the ground under the foundation. If the foundation has suffered extensive cracking, it may need to be excavated and patched to reinforce it. In many cases, the foundation damage may be a byproduct of drainage problems that could result in moisture getting trapped near the foundation or causing the soil to wash away from under it. Thoroughly addressing these drainage issues will be required to prevent the problems from returning after the initial repairs are completed.

Myth: The Excavation Needed For Foundation Work Can Have Wide-Ranging Impacts On The Landscaping

While it is true that repairing the foundation of your home will require some excavation work, you should be relieved to know that the impacts that this will have on the surrounding landscaping should be minimal. In most cases, the foundation contractor will be able to use a trenching system to excavate an area that will be as narrow as possible while still allow the contractors to complete this work.

For more information about concrete foundations, reach out to a company like Armada Poured Walls LLC.