Do I Need to Repair Foundation Damage?

Do I Need to Repair Foundation Damage?

Foundation damage can manifest in a number of forms which result from a number of factors, but one thing’s for certain: you need to take care of it right away. The very last thing you want to do is ignore the problem, because if gets worse you’ll have to spend even more money to repair the damage. Your homeowners insurance may or may not cover it, and you don’t want to end up footing the entire bill a year from now.

Common Signs

Foundation repair costs can vary, as will the solutions that are provided by different companies. It’s important to get several different proposals to truly understand what you’re dealing with and what the root cause of the problems appears to be. Important factors to consider when researching foundation repair costs include: what type of piling solution is being used? How long has the company been in business (reputation and warranty)? Was the house properly inspected inside and out? Finding the right solution is important in order to maintain the value and structural integrity of your home.
Contact a foundation repair company if you notice any of these signs:

• Hairline cracks in your basement walls
• An uneven or sloping floor
• Cracked walls in the first or second stories
• Excessive moisture or standing water in the basement

Foundation damage can be caused by a variety of issues such as extended periods of drought or flooding, poor yard drainage and leaking pipes. You’ll need to repair the foundation damage and address the underlying cause to prevent further damage.

Schedule an Inspection

You may be able to get away with not repairing tiny hairline cracks, but you’ll always want to have any foundation damage inspected. At the very least, you’ll have a better idea of what you’re dealing with, and you can contact your homeowners insurance company to find out if your policy covers the damage.

Structural and Cosmetic Repairs

Many homeowners mistakenly believe that the water seeping into their basements is the problem, but it’s only a symptom of the foundation damage. Homeowners often apply an epoxy or other sealant to deal with the issue, but since they aren’t actually treating the cause, the water eventually reappears and is even more of a problem than before.

You’ll need structural repairs for foundation damage. A new coat of paint isn’t going to solve anything, but Ram Jack of Carmel, IN is here to help. Give us a call to schedule a repair. We’ll assess the damage, provide a written quote and discuss your options.