It can be scary when you notice signs of damage to your home’s foundation. If this is not something you have had to deal with before, it can be daunting to figure out how it can possibly be fixed. But foundation repair is more common than you think. Here are some of the reasons your foundation might be damaged and what the options are to fix it.
How Your Foundation Suffers Damage
When your home is first built, the foundation is naturally going to settle. Some of that settling and shrinking from the drying concrete can cause some cracks. Some of these may be harmless. You will need to consult a professional to determine if the cracks you see are a sign of bigger problems.
Another reason for a crack or bowing foundation walls is due to water damage. Our gutters are supposed to direct water away from our foundations. But clogged gutters or water collecting around the foundation can cause pressure to build and create damage. There are some landscaping tricks you can do to help reduce the damage. Your technician will go over the options you have available for your situation.
How Foundation Repair Works
There are a few options for foundation repair, and a technician can help you determine which one is right for you. You can either rebuild the wall, which is messy and expensive. You can prop your wall up with steel beams or use wall anchors that connect to an area outside your home to help support your wall. Or you can use carbon fiber to strengthen the wall. Carbon fiber is the easiest and strongest option. At HS Restoration, we use StablWall foundation repair.
Preventing the Problem in the Future
After the foundation repair work is complete, the next step is to make sure the damage doesn’t occur again in the future. Make sure your gutters stay clear and direct water at least 8 feet away from your home. Your foundation repair technician can help determine what caused the issue and how to keep it from happening again. You may need to look into landscaping options to help redirect water away from your foundation. Waterproofing your basement can also keep water damage to your foundation under control.
Contacting Your Insurance
With repair work and damage like this, it is always a good idea to contact your insurance company. You may not have coverage for the entire job, but it’s a good idea to check. HS Restoration can work with your insurance to help with documentation, billing, and more, depending on your needs.
Your foundation is the most important part of your house’s structure. Any problems with your foundation can cause a number of issues throughout the rest of your home. At HS Restoration, we handle foundation repair, basement waterproofing, water and fire damage, and more! Our work is fully insured, and we are open 24/7. Come check out how our services can help you here.