3 Misconceptions Surrounding Foundation Repair

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Regardless of whether you are buying your first home or you are someone who goes out and flips homes on a regular basis, the last thing you want to hear is that your home is going to need foundation repair. Unfortunately, it can happen to just about any home in any location. The key is to understand the components leading up to foundation repair to help you know what caused it and how to fix it. Here are a few common misconceptions people have relating to foundation repair.

The foundation is the problem.

While many people assume that their foundation is the cause of their headaches, that isn't the case. Oftentimes, it is the slab that is the problem. The soil underneath of the foundation can end up moving and shifting, thus causing your foundation to move, crack, erode and so on. The key is fixing the underlying soil to prevent any additional issues with your foundation.

Water isn't an issue.

Your foundation is only going to shift and move if the soil underneath it is doing the same thing. All of the soil underneath the concrete foundation is only going to move if it is hydrated. The wetter soil gets, the more it is going to expand. As it dries up, it will start to compact and shrink up. All of this is going to cause issues with your home's foundation. Still, hydration is pivotal to your home. Water is what helps to keep your soil evenly balanced, so you have to do your part to ensure the moisture in the soil stays consistent.

Cracks will tell you where the foundation problem is.

Any home dealing with movement in the foundation is going to wind up with cracks. At times, the cracks might be quite small. Other times, they are quite large and more pronounced. Cracks in your foundation serve as a hinge. They are the relief point for your slab foundation. Even though you might think that the problem lies where you see a crack, that isn't the case. It often resulted in movement from somewhere else along the way.

Your home needs a solid foundation to prevent many problems. If you notice any cracks in the foundation, you need to call upon a professional who can come out and accurately determine where the problem lies and get to the bottom of fixing it quickly and efficiently. The last thing you want to do is let it sit and home it isn't going to get any worse. One place you can call is Spiers Construction.


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