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Avoiding Foundation Repair Can Lead to Other Problems

Monday, January 28th, 2013 by Betsy Rathburn

Wall Crack

As we mentioned recently, homeowners who ignore their home’s problems or wait too long to deal with them are taking a risk they may come to regret – especially if the problem has to do with their foundation. Regardless of their reasoning – not knowing what to do about the problem, fearing the cost of repair, hoping it will go away – a homeowner who does nothing about their home’s foundation problem is playing with fire. But without knowing what the risks actually are, it’s easy to be nonchalant about your home’s problem, so we came up with a list of the top risks of avoiding foundation repair:

  1. Cracks in walls. This is as much as risk as it is a sign. If there are cracks in your home’s drywall, chances are good that your house has begun to settle. When a settling foundation goes unchecked, cracks only worsen. Floors become uneven, and doors and windows get harder to open and close. This problem starts out as a nuisance, but it can get much worse over time.
  2. Water damage. Damaged foundations let water enter your basement. It comes in through cracks between blocks which often occur in walls that are bowing inward. Walls bow inward when the pressure on the wall from the outside is not counteracted from the inside. It’s easy for water to enter through these cracks. When temperatures warm up after a winter of heavy snowfall in Minnesota and North Dakota, basement flooding is common. Is the cost of repairing a cracked wall worth the cost of hundreds or thousands of dollars of damaged possessions?
  3. Wasted money. A problematic foundation is bad enough – when you wait to repair it, it’s only going to get worse. Badly bowing or settled foundation walls are more costly to repair – both in materials and in labor – than walls that have just started to show sign of disrepair. By not taking care of your problems today, you run the risk of having a bigger, more expensive problem tomorrow. 
  4. Failure of foundation walls. Obviously, the worst thing that could happen after an untreated foundation problem is that the foundation walls fail. This effect would likely take years to happen, but it has happened to many homeowners. Even if you repaired your foundation before it failed completely, waiting too long could greatly increase the expense. Your home is probably the biggest investment of your life, so it makes sense to do everything you can to make sure it sticks around for the long haul.

Innovative Basement Authority is devoted to helping homeowners with foundation problems throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. We understand the worries that come along with having a major problem in your home – and we’ll work with you every step of the way to make sure that your anxieties are eased. When our experienced team of experts is done with your foundation, you will finally be able to have the peace of mind that you deserve. Call us today or fill out our online form today to get started with your foundation repair project.

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