Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 by Betsy Rathburn
If you’re a homeowner, you know that taking care of a home is a complicated task. Beyond everyday chores like yardwork and paying the bills, you also have to keep an eye out for signs of trouble throughout the house. Bad plumbing, poor electrical work, or a leaky roof can all add up to an expensive headache, but there’s one part of your home that may be more costly to fix than most: your foundation.
Having a solid foundation may seem like it’s beyond your control, but there are actually plenty of things you can do to ensure that it stays strong for the long haul:
1. Monitor Drought Conditions
Did you know that a drought can actually cause your basement to leak? It’s true! During very dry periods, soil shifts. Around your foundation, this can cause big problems. As the soil shifts, it causes settling foundations that crack and bow. The cracks then let water in when it finally does rain.
2. Keep An Eye Out For Cracks
When a house’s foundation settles, homeowners will often notice cracks forming — not only in the basement, but in the drywall upstairs as well. Some may decide to patch over these cracks, but we know from experience that this won’t help. It’s best to treat the problem, not the symptoms.
A regular visual check of your foundation is a good way to determine whether your home has some structural issues. Staircase cracks around cinderblocks, bowing walls, and cracks in the floor are all signs that something is amiss. It could be something as simple as having a tree root push into the foundation or something more complicated like a settling foundation. The main thing for you to do is notice there’s a problem at all — we’ll take it from there.
All of these signs should be fairly obvious — if you’re observant. All too often a homeowner loses thousands of dollars on a problem that, if they’d caught it sooner, may have cost much less.
3. Get Help At the First Sign of Trouble
When you see that first crack, when you notice your wall bowing the tiniest bit inward, when your basement springs that first leak — this is when you should call a foundation repair expert.
At Innovative, we take pride in the fact that we’ve been foundation repair leaders in Minnesota and North Dakota for over a decade. We offer helical pier and push pier systems for homeowners with settling foundations, and we have wall anchors and IntelliBrace wall repair system for those with bowing basement walls. Our systems are made of strong, long-lasting steel installed by experts with years of training and experience behind them.
So are you ready to get started on making sure your foundation stands the test of time? Minnesota and North Dakota homeowners experiencing crumbling and bowing walls or cracks in their drywall or foundation, call us to schedule a free estimate. We’ll send an expert to your house to assess the situation and offer a solution customized to your home. Call today!
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