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The Worst Advice About Foundation Repair

Friday, September 29th, 2017

We understand that foundation concerns and repairs are not fun ones. Because they worsen over time, it can seem easier to just leave it be and wait for something worse to happen. But that is not the safest option. Here are some bits of bad advice we’ve heard that homeowners should not follow about their shifting foundations.

This is a rendering of a cracked foundation wall in the soil.

1. "Continue to monitor the crack until something changes."

  • If you just wait it out, then the foundation could shift and change the type of product needed to fix it. This can result in a more costly repair.

2. "All the settlement already happened!"

  • Settlement happens when the soil beneath a home can no longer uphold the structure. This means settlement will continue to happen as the weight pushes down on pockets of compromised soil.

3. “Out of sight, out of mind!”

  • Just like every problem, it still exists even if you don’t see it. A cracked or bowing foundation will continue shifting even if it’s covered up. This also means that foundation issues can be hiding behind things like drywall and furniture.

4. "Just put another wall in front of the bowing wall."

This wall was falling inward, so the owner's put up metal pipes to try to hold it up. This wasn't working for them.

  • This is not a permanent solution. The original wall will simply continue shifting and potentially push on the new wall as well. A new wall in front also will not support the rest of a home’s foundation.

5. "Brace it with wood!"

  • Nailing boards to a wall will not prevent it from shifting further. Wood is not strong enough to uphold the weight of a foundation. Similarly, using wooden beams or metal pipes placed at 45-degree angles also are not strong enough, and they are extremely space-invasive. 

If you are experiencing cracking or bowed foundation walls, give us a call! We will be able to provide a permanent solution that will give you peace of mind for years to come.


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