According to the US Drought Monitor, much of the Midwest is experiencing a drought. From Texas and Oklahoma to Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska about 30 percent is in an extreme drought situation. This is on the heels of a several drought condition for the past three years.
When soil becomes too dry, foundations can settle or sink in to the soil. As the soils expand and then shrink, it leaves cracks in the yard around your home. The Better Business Bureau encourages consumers looking for foundation repair services to take the time to find a professional to avoid a major shift in their finances.
According to Earth Contact Products, July, August and September is when cracks in the soil often appear. During times of excessive moisture changes you must inspect your foundation and note movement signs that signal a problem. Not all problems are disastrous; they may be a signal of something that can be corrected, and if caught early they can be easily remedied.
BBB and ECP recommends the following tips for consumers in need of foundation repair services:
Check your coverage. Some homeowner’s policies will cover foundation repair, so check with your insurance coverage prior to signing a repair contract.
Do your homework. Check with BBB at bbb.org or through BBB’s free mobile app before choosing a contractor. Get referrals from friends and neighbors.
Request an on-site inspection. So that you can be given an accurate estimate, have the company come to your house to inspect the damage.
Hire a Professional Engineer to identify damage and provide a course of action.
Beware of red flags. High pressure sales tactics, full upfront payment or comparatively low estimates that may potentially increase before job end, are all red flags to look out for.
Ask about warranties. Most businesses will offer information about how they plan to handle any repairs covered under a warranty. A manufactures product warranty and a workmanship warranty should be included with quality foundation repair contractors.
Review your contract. Be sure to read, understand, and agree with everything listed in your contract. Do not sign a contract that has blank lines or items you don’t agree with.