Common Foundation Repair Mistakes Homeowners Make Alpharetta, GA
Are there cracks in your foundation walls? Is your foundation bowing inward?
Foundation repair is vital for ensuring the integrity and safety of your property. However, many homeowners make mistakes that compromise their foundations. Some of the most common mistakes homeowners make include:
1. Focusing solely on visible damage
When foundation damage occurs, there are often noticeable signs, including cracks, bowing, or even water stains. These signs only tell you that there is a problem and that your foundation needs repair. The cracks on your wall don’t indicate the location or the nature of the problem.
However, many homeowners make the mistake of focusing their foundation repair efforts on the areas of the foundation where there are visible signs of damage. They, therefore, do not apply solutions to deal with the underlying problem, and it only becomes worse.
It is essential to have your foundation inspected by a professional. They will diagnose the issue and provide a solution to deal with the underlying cause of damage to your foundation.
2. Only sealing cracks
Cracks are often one of the first signs of foundation damage. These unsightly signs of foundation damage are often the priority for homeowners when it comes to repairing foundations.
There are many quick-fix solutions, such as DIY crack injection kits, for sealing cracks. While they may be useful for repairing cracks, they do not resolve the underlying cause of the cracking. The wall, therefore, continues to bow, and you are likely to experience extensive foundation damage in the future.
Crack injections are only part of the solution. They should get used in conjunction with a comprehensive solution for the repair of the foundation, such as the installation of a French drain and sump pump.
3. Not addressing the weak areas
While cracks don’t show you the location of the problem, they are good indicators of points of weakness in your foundation. Extensive cracking in foundations often occurs as a result of pressure acting on the foundation from the exterior. The foundations crack at the weakest points of the foundation.
While crack injections will help to seal the cracks and prevent water from penetrating the foundation walls, the sealed cracks are still a point of weakness along the foundation wall. It is, therefore, essential to install carbon fiber straps or other reinforcements to strengthen the wall and prevent further damage.
If you notice foundation damage, be sure to contact a professional contractor to inspect your foundation and implement a long-term solution for the integrity and safety of your property.
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