Do you have a damaged foundation? You may be considering foundation repair. However, before you commit to a contractor or a system of repair, it’s important to determine exactly how deep the damage to your foundation runs.
Some signs of foundation damage may seem small but run deeper than most homeowners realize. They only realize how serious the problem is when the foundation is damaged beyond repair.
The following are some factors to consider that will indicate the extent of damage to your foundation and help you in determining the mode of foundation repair to choose:
- Historical data
Does your foundation have a history of movement or other forms of damage? Has your foundation ever undergone foundation repair before? If the answer to these questions is yes, those seemingly innocent cracks on your foundation wall are likely to be an indication of a serious problem.
- Sudden or new movement
Is the foundation movement or cracking sudden? Did it occur recently? It is important to consult a repair professional as soon as possible. Repairing the cracks and the underlying problem in the early stages of damage will save you time and money.
- Recurrent movement or cracking
Is the movement recurrent? Do the cracks recur even after repair? It may be that your repair method did not solve the underlying problem. Cosmetic repairs often result in recurrent cracking.
- Slow forming cracks
Did the cracks take years to form? Are they the result of a long term or continuing problem? The effects of settling are often cumulative and take a long time to develop. This doesn’t mean that they are not serious. It is important to solve the problem before it becomes serious.
- Initial settlement cracks
Are the cracks on your wall less than 1/16” vertical cracks? These hairline cracks may not require repair. They are the result of the normal settlement of the foundation. However, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the cracks to see if they are growing or leaking.
- Mechanical damage
Some cracks may be the result of being struck. In such cases, the repair will depend on the extent of the damage. Repair is certainly required if the wall has been severely damaged resulting in its collapse or the dislocation of components.