Restoring Normalcy After Your Foundation Repair
Finding cracks, wall rotation or sloping floors is alarming, because you know it points to a serious foundation problem. Once the shock of the diagnosis has passed, it’s easy to assume that foundation repairs will put an end to all your problems. It’s important to understand that repairing a foundation requires lifting the structure from an improper configuration after it has settled into it enough to cause obvious damage. New movement of structural elements after the repair isn’t unusual. Depending on the nature and extent of the foundation failure, it may even be expected. Here are a few possible effects of foundation repair you should be prepared to encounter.
Walls and Ceilings
Some of the aftereffects of foundation repair are similar or identical to symptoms of failing foundations. Wall and ceiling cracks are common.
Stiff floor materials like tile and wood may shift or come up under the stress of foundation repair.
Doors and Windows
Doors and windows may become hard to open and close, and gaps may appear. Keep an eye out for moisture infiltration as it may lead to mold or mildew growth that results in poor indoor air quality.
It may be necessary to dig or back-fill areas with dirt, and trampling plants in the work zone is sometimes unavoidable.
How to Restore Normalcy: Give It Some Time
First, conduct a basic cleanup of debris, and remove or adjust anything that might present a health hazard. Next, start making a list of problems you discover that weren’t present before the repair. Update it every month. Your contractor will make initial repairs where they’re visibly needed, but the house must settle into its new position for some time before it’s safe to assume there will be no further aftereffects. For this reason, it’s best to wait at least six months after the work is complete before conducting any cosmetic repairs to the interior or exterior of your home. In most cases, there’s no reason to worry. The appearance of cosmetic flaws after a repair doesn’t mean that your foundation hasn’t been restored properly, and it doesn’t signify an ongoing problem. If you’re concerned, simply call your contractor.
RamJack Helps You Understand Foundation Repair
Since 1968, RamJack has been helping homeowners save their homes after failing foundations put them at risk. Our skilled engineers can answer any questions you have about the work process and any possible aftereffects. RamJack’s strict quality control procedures guarantee that our products and construction methods meet the exacting standards your Carmel, IN home deserves. Contact us today to schedule a free expert evaluation.