There are several reasons to have your foundation repaired and not a single good reason not to. Yes, it’s true that the expense of the repair can be a factor, but ignoring it will only end up costing you more. The foundation of your house won’t heal itself, so a professional needs to look at it and address the issues. If you ignore the problem, it won’t go away, or even stay the same, it will only get bigger. Along with the potential for a bigger problem comes an increase in danger to your family, an increase in the damage to your home and an increase in the amount it will cost to fix the situation. It may appear to just be a small crack or maybe a sticky door, but the problem could be much more serious. The soil under your home is constantly shrinking and expanding, causing your foundation to move or settle. Patching up a crack is like putting a bandage on a broken leg: it may look like you did something, but the real problem is behind the scenes.
Your house may sink faster than your steps, leading to a tripping hazard or a door or window may not open properly, causing a problem in an emergency and a headache on a normal day. A leaning chimney could drop bricks, harming people or damaging property. The signs of a compromised foundation are more than a nuisance, they can endanger your family and more. It’s important that steps are taken to fix the problem before someone is hurt or more damage is caused. Most people know that leaning walls and flaking foundation need to be addressed, but they don’t always know what to do or who to trust. Homeowners need to educate themselves on just what a repair company is offering, especially if what they offer looks the same, but the prices vary greatly.
If you plan on selling your house, you are legally obligated to disclose any foundation or structural issues. A knowledgeable buyer will have an inspector look at it and some lenders require it and some won’t approve the loan if there are foundational issues. Neither the buyer nor the seller is going to be happy if a sale falls through due to the problems with the foundation not being addressed. In some instances, a seller can negotiate with the buyer to adjust the price to cover repairs, but the seller is usually better off fixing the foundation and getting a fair offer for their home. You are much better off to just bite the bullet and take responsibility for your home’s repairs.
If you believe you may have foundation damage, contact Pro Foundation Technology, Inc. today for a free quote. We serve Overland Park, Columbia, Raytown, and the Kansas City area.