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Foundation Repair DIY and Cost Questions

clock May 7, 2018 06:29 by author
Is foundation repair ever a DIY job? Do you need a structural engineer? Is every foundation repair super expensive? These are questions we answer in this article. We can also put you in touch with a local professional to help you with your foundation repair project.

Is Foundation Repair a good DIY project? 

 

Foundation repair is a home repair that shouuld not be considered a do-it-yourself project. To diagnose a foundation problem you really need an expert in foundation repair or a structural engineer. While a homeowner can recognize foundation problems such as settlement, sloping floors, or wall cracks, it is very important for the homeowner to recognize that there is a varity of different types of foundation repairs and many involve the installation of piers and underpinning products beneath the structure to make sure that problems will cease.

 

What is a structural engineer?

 

A structural engineer analyzes support for homes, buildings, and even bridges. They can design the support for these structures as well. You have to be certified in structural engineering and a structural engineer is a specialty that falls within civil engineering. You can learn more about structural engineering at http://www.ncsea.com/

 

Are their any foundation repair projects that ARE DIY?

 

It is not recommended to do any foundation repair projects yourself. This is because while some projects seems small, such as a small crack in the foundation wall, it may be hiding a much larger foundation repair problem. If you don't have an inspection done, you won't be aware of the larger problem and it will just get worse. Since your foundation is the key to the overall health and safety of your home, it isn't something you want to mess with. Every potential foundation problem should be inspected to rule out larger issues. 

 

Is every foundation repair project expensive?

 

Not every foundation repair project costs 10's of thousands of dollars. There are some repairs that are a lot less expensive such as repair a small crack or adding carbon fiber to strengthen walls. It is still important to get these projects checkout however since they can mask larger foundation issues that could lead to foundation failure. 

 

If you have any other foundation repair questions or are even considering foundation repair as a DIY project, contact us at My Foundation Repairs. We can help you find an expert in your area to make sure your foundation repairs are done right and aren't hiding any larger issues. Financing is available in many cases, so let us know if you require financing and we will try to find a foundation repair contractor in your area with financing options. Call us today if you have questions or need help finding a local contractor. 



Heavy Spring Rains and Your Foundation

clock April 23, 2018 11:29 by author

While we all appreciate the rain in spring because it helps everything green up and grow, but there are also a lot of reasons we don't like it. Sporting events get canceled, we can't go outside, getting rained on when you are out - these are all things that can be annoying about the spring rain. As annoying as those things might be they don't stack up to the problems that heavy rain can bring to your basement or crawlspace. 

The problems range from small things to big failures

If you have small cracks in your foundation walls you can have water seepage. Even a small amount of water in your basement or crawl space can lead to big problems: pests, bugs, musty odors, wood rot, and mold. 

Per the CDC (cdc.gov) mold can be very hard on your health. Exposure to damp and moldy enviroments can lead to many different health issues including nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, eye irritation and skin irritation just to name a few. 

The bigger problem is when rain builds up around your foundation walls. If you down spouts and gutters aren't clear water can sink into the landscaping around your foundation walls and exert pressure on the walls of your basement or crawlspace. Our contractors see bowing and leaning walls all the time. Block walls can crack and bow under the pressure. 

If you notice the signs of foundation problems you should call a contractor to take a look. If you see foundation cracks, seepage, bad odors, doors and windows that stick, tile or drywall cracking, ceiling cracks, or your countertops pulling away from the wall, you may have a foundation problem. 

Our contractors can resolve problems that occur due to those heavy spring rains. Most of our contractors also do waterproofing because so many times when a foundation problem is present, so are water problems and visa versa. If you are a homeowner you can get a free estimate to determine the root cause of your problems and the best solution to fit your budget. Also, ask about financing. We know that money can be a big worry when it comes to these types of repairs. Hopefully we can put your mind at ease. 

So enjoy those spring rains and seeing things grow, just keep an eye on your foundation at the same time!



Heavy Spring Rains and Your Foundation

clock April 23, 2018 11:15 by author

While we all appreciate the rain in spring because it helps everything green up and grow, there are also a lot of reasons we don't like it. Sporting events get canceled, we can't go outside, getting rained on when you are out - these are all things that can be annoying about the spring rain. As annoying as those things might be they don't stack up to the problems that heavy rain can bring to your basement or crawlspace. 

The problems range from small things to big failures

If you have small cracks in your foundation walls you can have water seepage. Even a small amount of water in your basement or crawl space can lead to big problems: Pests, bugs, musty odors, wood rot, and mold. 

Per the CDC (cdc.gov) mold can be very hard on your health. Exposure to damp and moldy enviroments can lead to many different health issues including nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, eye irritation and skin irritation just to name a few. 

The bigger problem is when rain builds up around your foundation walls. If you down spouts and gutters aren't clear water can sink into the landscaping around your foundation walls and exert pressure on the walls of your basement or crawlspace. Our contractors see bowing and leaning walls all the time. Block walls can crack and bow under the pressure. 

If you notice the signs of foundation problems you should call a contractor to take a look. If you see foundation cracks, seepage, bad odors, doors and windows that stick, tile or drywall cracking, ceiling cracks, or your countertops pulling away from the wall, you may have a foundation problem. 

Our contractors can resolve problems that occur due to those heavy spring rains. Most of our contractors also do waterproofing because so many times when a foundation problem is present, so are water problems and visa versa. If you are a homeowner you can get a free estimate to determine the root cause of your problems and the best solution to fit your budget. Also, ask about financing. We know that money can be a big worry when it comes to these types of repairs. Hopefully we can put your mind at ease. 

So enjoy those spring rains and seeing things grow, just keep an eye on your foundation at the same time!



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