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The 3 Basics of Effective Foundation Repair Albertson, NY
Have you noticed cracks or any other signs of foundation damage? It is important to invest in foundation repair as soon as possible even if the damage seems minimal. Foundation damage will only get worse if you don’t attend to it.
While there are various approaches that can be used to repair foundations, it is important to remember the following basics for effective foundation repair.
- Pay now to save later
Foundation damage often doesn’t occur as a sudden calamity. It is often something that develops over a long time. It starts small and gets worse over time. For example, you may see a small crack become larger and longer over time. You may even notice more cracks forming on the wall.
Some homeowners put off foundation repair because it doesn’t seem urgent at the time. However, if the foundation damage is not repaired, it is only likely to become worse. You will end up having to spend more if you wait to repair your foundation later. For example, if the foundation has moved a few millimeters, you can have it repaired with carbon fiber strips. If you wait and the movement continues, you will have to use a more aggressive repair method such as installing steel beams. Carbon fiber is a simple, inexpensive and less obtrusive repair method compared to steel beams.
- Never dismissing signs of settling
Many homeowners dismiss cracks in their walls and other signs of settling such as doors and windows sticking as just signs of normal settling. While settling of a foundation is normal, it doesn’t mean that you should ignore it. This is especially true if your home is a few years old. The movement could be a sign of trouble.
If you notice signs of settling, have your foundation inspected by a professional. This will assure you that there’s nothing wrong. It also ensures that you can attend to any problems early and avoid extensive damage to your foundation and home.
- Manage water outside
Many homeowners approach repair of their foundations from the foundation itself. However, in order for repair to be effective, you will need to take steps to manage water that is on the outside of the foundation. This often includes cleaning your gutters, changing the grade of your landscape, installing yard drainage systems as well as extending downspouts. Managing water from the outside will help to prevent damage to the foundation in future after repairs have been completed.
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