Foundation repair is a home repair that should 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 know that there is a variety 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.
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 from the NCSEA (National Council of Structural Engineers Association).
It is not recommended to do any foundation repair projects yourself. This is because while some projects seem 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.
Not every foundation repair project costs ten’s of thousands of dollars. There are some repairs that are a lot less expensive such as repairing a small crack or adding carbon fiber to strengthen walls. It is still important to get these projects checked out 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.