Homeowners often ask what will happen if they don’t fix their foundation. Making repairs is a necessary expense that homeowners often seek to avoid. Owning a home often feels like picking which projects are the highest priority and make the most financial sense at the time. When offered the choice of going on a trip or making foundation repair, the trip sounds way more exciting, However, have you considered what could be at stake by putting off foundation repair even for just another year?
Things That Can Happen If You Don’t Repair Your Foundation:
This is one of the first things that can happen. Because foundations can move over time, they can sink into the ground and become uneven. You might notice that your floors aren’t level of that you door frame seek crooked. If you see issues such as this, you need foundation repair.
Insect / Rodent Infestations
If you allow your foundation to fall into disrepair, insects and rodents can squeeze their way into your home. This is particularly true of pier and beam foundations that have crawl spaces. Infestations are major concerns. The most worrisome part of these creatures entering the home is they tend to multiply quickly. This means if you don’t catch onto it right away you could be looking at a large infestation causing further damage to your home. Even with an exterminator the root cause of how the vermin entered the home still remains.
Plumbing in the home becomes increasingly vulnerable with foundation issues. Where pier and beam homes are concerned, plumbing pipes can become intertwined in the foundation of the home and weave through their way into your house. With slab foundations, plumbing issues can occur under the slab and can go unnoticed for years. When a home is suffering from foundation issues, the shifts in the home can cause plumbing pipes to break. When plumbing cracks or bursts, water damage in the home can be catastrophic.
Mold & Mildew Issues
If you don’t fix your foundation, mold and mildew cause the wooden members under your pier and beam home to deteriorate. Whenever there are cracks or poor sealing around a pier and beam foundation, water can make its way into the crawl space. This water can create a toxic environment that poses a health risk for your family. It is particularly bad for children or older adults with respiratory issues or asthma. Wood rot gets worse over time.
At HD Foundations, we can help. What seems like just another project to eventually check off your home improvement list can cause way bigger issues if ignored and cost you senseless dollars down the line. If you have concerns, schedule a free foundation repair estimate. Or, just call us a call at 817-226-7221.