We all know that the longer you wait to fix a problem, the bigger it will get. Most of us have no idea when it’s time to call an expert to inspect their home foundation. When it comes to the structure of your home, it’s important to know the gravity of the problem. When it comes to foundation restoration, not everything is black and white. Let us show you the top seven things to know about foundation restoration and what you should do when there are obvious signs of damage.
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 whether it caused by an external source. If you find any of the signs described above, you should contact a professional immediately to perform an inspection and what next steps should be taken.
Not All Issues Need To Be Repaired
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 to be repaired immediately, they should still be looked at. Having a foundation inspection every few years can ensure that any minor repairs are fixed early to prevent them from turning into costly and dangerous ones in the future.
Cracks Are Not Always The Source Of The Problem
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 other 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 Can Save You Money
Ignore foundation issues will cause these problems to become more severe and can become more costly. 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 essential that you contact a reputable foundation repair expert. Many amateurs convince themselves as ‘specialists’ but are in fact an expert in other areas. However, many of these people do not have the appropriate skills, knowledge and tools to properly 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 in fact ruin your home. The interior of your home could be left trampled and covered in dirt and dust. Your outdoor landscaping could be destroyed and left for you to fix. Only an expert can 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 could 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 that could have been avoided. If your foundation issues are caused by defective materials or poor workmanship, your homeowner’s insurance likely won’t 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 has 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!