Whether you are a new homeowner, or have owned property for years, there’s one topic that seems to confuse both groups alike: foundation repair. This is mainly due to the fact that it is oftentimes a problem that doesn’t rear its head until you notice symptoms (or are told there are issues by a professional) and aren’t as apparent as, say, a burst pipe.
In order to assuage the confusion, HD Foundations has identified four top myths about foundation repair to help you learn more about your home and how to take care of it.
Home Foundation Repair Can Be a DIY Job
For all of you DIY-ers out there, you may wonder how you can complete foundation repair work yourself. Unfortunately, the scope of foundation repair quickly surpasses the knowledge, skill, and tools that your average homeowner has.
However, that doesn’t mean you’re completely helpless when it comes to the integrity of your foundation. The best thing a homeowner can do is to be ever-vigilant about any warning signs of potential foundation problems that could either indicate current or future issues that will need to be addressed by a foundation contractor. Some of the signs can be:
- Cracks in walls
- Creaky floors
- Doors and/or windows that do not open or close easily
- Pooling water around the exterior of your home
There’s No Ongoing Maintenance To Be Done on Your Foundation
This is another big misconception that can result in expensive foundation repairs down the line – homeowners who neglect seasonal maintenance and inspections of their foundation may allow an issue to persist long enough to evolve into a full-blown foundation problem. A few easy tasks that can be accomplished by the homeowner to prevent future issues:
- Watering Your Foundation
- Installing/Emptying French Drains
- Planting and Tending to Foundation-Friendly Foliage
- Having a Foundation Contractor Conduct a Professional Evaluation
Patching Cracks Can Fix The Issue
When a homeowner sees a crack in their walls or brick exterior, their first instinct might be to just patch it and move on. Unfortunately, that is just masking a much more deep-seated issue that could continue to increase in severity if not properly addressed. While there are certainly cracks that can occur that do not indicate foundation damage, that determination should always be made by a foundation repair company like HD Foundations – it can be a very tricky differentiation to make.
Finding Foundation Repair in Dallas Is Easy
While we would like to hope that all companies do their due diligence when conducting foundation repair work, that, unfortunately, is not always the case. It is important to do your research when looking for a company who can evaluate, diagnose, and fix your home’s foundation problems properly – not only can this save you money down the line, but you are guaranteed a more fair price and a more thorough job done.
Always check out a company’s customer testimonials to see the experience of their previous clients – another good place to check out their standing in the community is by their rating on the Better Business Bureau. Is the company bonded and insured? Is the company locally owned and operated? Do they offer Foundation Repair Lifetime Warranties? The importance of each of these factors can vary from person to person, but can greatly define the integrity of a foundation repair company you choose
Contact HD Foundations Today
HD Foundations works hard to keep our clients informed about their foundation to help keep it as healthy as possible – but if problems arise, we are here to help. Having served 2,300+ structures in the Dallas metroplex, our expertise is matched only by our dedication to the satisfaction of our clients. Give us a call or submit a contact form today to talk to us about how we can help you!