We all know that the longer you wait to fix a problem, the bigger it will get. But most of us have no idea when it’s time to pick up the phone and call an expert to inspect our home foundation. When it comes to the structure of your home, it’s important to know when a problem is serious or not. And when it comes to foundation restoration, not everything is black and white. Let us show you the top 7 things to know about foundation restoration and what you should do when obvious signs of damage emerge.
Not All Signs Are Obvious
Some signs of foundation damage are obvious, including large cracks, pooling water, sloping floors, and separation between the walls and the ceiling. But other signs may not be as evident. For instance, mould or foul smells in the basement or sticking doors and windows are often overlooked as problems related to humidity. However, these can also be signs of structural foundation issues that need to be addressed. Only a professional can give your home a thorough inspection to determine whether it’s experiencing serious foundation issues or if your home has problems caused by other sources. If you find any of the above signs, you should contact a professional to perform an inspection to determine if you require foundation restoration.
Not All Issues Need Repair
Not all cracks or signs of damage in your foundation are cause for concern. Small cracks and basement leaks can be common as the home ages. However, even though certain issues like these may not need repair immediately, they’re signs that foundation problems are at work. Having a foundation inspection every few years can ensure that any minor repairs are performed early to prevent those minor issues from turning into costly and dangerous ones in the future.
Cracks Do Not Always Point To Where The Problem Is
Finding one large crack in your foundation may cause you to assume that the problem is coming from that exact area. This has led many people to disregard otherwise serious foundation problems that are in fact occurring elsewhere. If your home has foundation movement, cracks will form. However, the cracks are a relief point for the movement and not an indicator of where the problem is. When inspecting your home, it’s important to check your entire outside foundation, as well as the inside of your home to look for other signs of foundation issues.
Addressing Issues Immediately Saves Money
One thing’s for sure, if you ignore foundation issues, you will face more costly repairs in the future. If you discover that your home has structural issues, hiring a foundation restoration expert right away will save you money and ensure that your home stays safe and dry.
Not All Foundation Restoration Experts Are The Same
When you notice foundation issues, it’s imperative that you call a reputable foundation repair expert. Many amateurs advertise themselves as ‘specialists’ but are really just handymen with a range of skills. However, many of these people do not have the appropriate skills or knowledge to finish the job to industry standards. Foundation repair is serious work that can impact the safety of your home and family. That’s why it’s crucial to hire someone who has extensive knowledge and decades of experience in the field, offers a warranty for their work, is insured, and has an A+ rating at the Better Business Bureau and has been Accredited at the BBB for over 20 years (see years accredited ).
Poor Quality Work Can Ruin Your Home
To expand on the point above, hiring an amateur can result in poor quality work that can actually ruin your home. The interior of your home could be left trampled and covered in dirt and dust. Your landscaping and lawn could be destroyed and left for you to fix out of your own pocket. Only an expert will guarantee quality work, offer a warranty, and even landscaping services to return your yard back to normal.
Not All Projects Are Insured
Some insurance policies only cover your home against certain issues and don’t insure regular wear and tear or incidents that should have been repaired during regular maintenance. This is why it’s important to have routine inspections and regular repair work done by a professional, otherwise you could end up with hefty repair bills you could have avoided. Plus, if your foundation issues are caused by defective materials or poor workmanship, your homeowner’s insurance won’t likely cover it either. This is another reason to hire a professional who has insurance and offers a warranty to cover materials and structural defects for a period of time.
If you spot any foundation issues related to your Ottawa home, it’s crucial that you call an expert with decades of experience and a reputation for quality work. At The Foundation Experts Inc., our team includes a certified concrete and masonry repair technician as well as an indoor air quality specialist with over 25 years of foundation structural repair and waterproofing experience. When you hire us, every project will come with certified warranties so that you can rest easy. We also offer inspections as part of our repair services so that you can get a professional opinion before you start the process. To learn more about our foundation repair services and why we’re the most trusted contractor in Ottawa, contact us today!