If you’ve ever experienced a foundation problem such as bowed walls or massive wall cracks, you’ll want to ensure it never happens again. Fortunately, there are long-term foundation repair solutions available that should last a minimum of a few decades and come with a lifetime warranty. Here’s what you should know about getting a quality foundation repair that will last.
Choosing the Best Foundation Repair Method
If the proper repair method is chosen – and done right – your foundation problem should be eliminated for years to come. When you hire a foundation expert, they’ll be able to recommend the best repair method for your foundation problem.
Common repair methods include the following:
If you’re a DIY homeowner, epoxy fills may be tempting to complete on any foundation issue spotted. Although they’re great at repairing hairline cracks and other minor surface damage for at least five years, more extensive damage requires an alternate repair method.
Carbon Fiber Straps/Wall Anchors
Repairing a bowed wall is commonly done with a heavy-duty carbon fibre strap/wall anchor. They’re suitable for poured concrete foundation walls, brick and mortar, and cinder block walls.
Injecting polyurethane foam into the ground below the damaged foundation can help restore the foundation to a level position. Being a permanent solution, it doesn’t deteriorate or weaken over time.
When a foundation supports less weight, such as a porch or garage, helical piers are commonly used as a repair method. These giant, screw-like solutions twist into the ground beneath the damaged foundation to a specific level.
Concrete and Steel Piers
Concrete piers are often used to help support a foundation as it’s being poured. They can also be used to lift up a sinking foundation and provide additional support. Steel piers disturb less landscaping than concrete piers and are more resistant to moisture and added concrete.
Preventing Future Foundation Problems
After dealing with one foundation problem, you’ll want to do everything possible to prevent future issues. Completing a regular inspection inside and outside your home to check for cracks, dampness, and other signs of foundation damage is key. If you note anything during your inspection (such as improper drainage), ensure it gets addressed right away.
Avoiding Temporary Repairs
Like most other aspects in life, there are always ‘quick and cheap’ fixes for foundation repairs. These temporary repairs, such as masonry patches, can be helpful when fixing the most surface-level foundation problems. But if there’s more of a serious foundation issue at play, then they will only lead to more headaches in the future.
That’s why it’s best always to seek the advice of a quality foundation specialist. Your foundation plays an integral part in keeping you and your family safe inside your home. You need someone with the proper experience and skillset to make a good repair.
At Conterra Foundation, we offer free quotes on exterior foundation waterproofing, foundation reinforcement, and foundation crack repairs. Having been in the foundation repair business for 30 years, we know how to fix your foundation problem permanently. To give you peace of mind, we offer a 20-year warranty on our foundation solutions.
For more information about our Hamilton foundation repair specialists, feel free to contact us today.