- By Christian Sundahl
- In basement waterproofing, Bowed basement walls, Crawlspace Waterproofing, foundation repair, foundation wall cracks
- Tags basement waterproofing, Foundation Repair
How Do You Know If A Foundation Repair Was Done Correctly? Larchmont, NY
Foundation repair can be expensive and very involving. It is therefore in the homeowner’s best interests to ensure that the repair is done well. Errors are not only expensive to repair but can also result in even more damage of the foundation.
The following are the most common foundation repair pitfalls that homeowners need to be wary of:
- Using substandard materials
It’s important to use the right materials for the repair of your foundation. Inexperienced contractors are notorious for using poor and inadequate materials. An experienced and reliable contractor will know the materials that are needed for the repair and where to get them.
2. Inaccurate diagnosis
If the contractor gets the diagnosis wrong, there is little chance that they’ll apply the right solution for the repair of the foundation. They are likely to make the problem a lot worse than it was.
If you want to be sure that the contractor has got it right, have more than one contractor inspect your foundation and provide you with a diagnosis as well as their proposal for repair. It’s also a good idea to research different foundation issues and solutions on your own. An informed consumer is a wise customer.
3. Applying a solution to the symptoms only
When dealing with foundation issues, it is important to apply a solution that will address the root cause of the problem. You can then deal with the symptoms which often only require cosmetic solutions.
Dealing with the symptoms only is even worse than not dealing with the problem at all. It often results in the problem becoming worse. You will eventually spend a lot of money trying to solve the root cause. You might as well do it now.
4. Poor implementation of foundation repair solutions
There are cases where the contractor gets the diagnosis right, recommends the best solution for repair and purchases the right materials for the job. However, the contractor is not able to apply the suggested solution properly. This may be the result of a lack of training, knowledge or experience. The incorrect use or poor implementation of a solution can result in worse problems, e.g., using epoxy to repair cracks by smearing it on top of the crack instead of injecting it into the crack.
Many homeowners pay a lot more for the repair of their foundations than they ought to simply because of the errors that some contractors make. Hiring a reputable and experienced contractor will help you avoid most of these problems.
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