Out of sight, out of mind is easy when it comes to foundation problems. If the signs of a foundation issue are in your basement, you may not notice them regularly. Unfortunately, no one has invented a self-healing foundation. If you see a small sign of foundation damage, it won’t get better. In fact, it will probably get worse, until you have a structural problem. You should start foundation repairs sooner rather than later.
As a property owner, we understand that you have to prioritize repairs. It seems like there is always something that needs to be fixed or replaced. However, foundation repairs should be considered a high priority. It’s easy to rationalize to yourself that it’s “not a big deal” or that it’s only a little crack. You may think that you can just keep an eye on it and if it gets worse, you’ll call someone. Unfortunately, a small crack on one side could be the tip of a big problem on the other side of the foundation.
Just like your car or your body, it’s important to keep your foundation healthy by taking care of problems as soon as you discover them. Like we said above, a small crack may seem like a minor thing, but it can be a red flag for a big problem that is about to happen or is already happening. We’re not saying your home or business is going to collapse tomorrow, but you should take care of the small problems now before they become big problems. It takes less time, money, and stress to take care of little issues than it does to take care of major foundation and structural issues.
There are several reasons why you shouldn’t wait to repair the foundation of your home or business. Like we said earlier, a small problem is easier and cheaper to take care of than a bigger problem. Here are some other reasons you shouldn’t sit on having foundation repairs completed.
The weather changes throughout the year. Temperatures rise and fall, the soil becomes dry or oversaturated. These changes can wreak havoc on foundation walls. During the hotter and wetter months, the foundation can sink and during the winter months, the foundation may rise. The moving back and forth can put a lot of pressure on your foundation, plumbing, and structure. Think about when you bend a piece of metal back and forth, eventually, it breaks. The same goes for concrete, pipes, and wood.
A settling foundation can not only cause cracks in the walls, but you can see damage throughout the home or business. Doors and windows may misalign and either get stuck or won’t close properly. Chimneys may lean and floors may become uneven. You might notice cracks in floors, ceilings, and walls throughout the building. A stable foundation will prevent these other problems from occurring.
We’ve said this a couple of times, but it is so important, we’re going to say it again. Taking care of foundation problems as soon as you find them will make your life so much easier. Small problems cost less to fix, take less time to fix, and will disrupt your life less than major repairs. Bigger problems take more labor and materials to repair, which can quickly add up. If you’re looking to sell your house, fixing a small problem will make the house more attractive to buyers and won’t cut into your finances as much.
When you think you may have a foundation problem, call the experts at Pro Foundation Technology. We’ll come to your property, do a free inspection, and let you know what steps you should take. We’ll work with you from beginning to end, communicating with you every step of the way. We have the tools, knowledge, and skill to make sure your home or business is strong, stable, and safe. Contact us today to learn more about foundation repair for commercial and residential properties.