Whether you have a basement, slab, or anything in between, your home's foundation literally sets the framework for the rest of your home. While foundation problems are relatively uncommon, they can occur when the circumstances are just right (or wrong). Soil moisture levels that are too high or too low can lead to cracks in a home's foundation, as can poor construction.
Still, foundation repair doesn't have to be as scary as you might think. By educating yourself on the reality behind some commonly perpetuated foundation repair myths, you can be better informed as a homeowner.
Myth #1: Foundation Repair Will Tear Up Your Yard
All that lovely landscaping you've put your time and money into will be destroyed when your home's foundation is repaired, right? Not necessarily. Advancements in foundation repair methodology and equipment have made it possible for some foundation work to be completed without the need for excavation. This means your landscaping can remain perfectly intact and untouched.
Even if your repair does require excavation, it is better to have a foundation problem fixed than it is to have a manicured yard. And of course, landscaping can always be redone.
Myth #2: Cracks Are Always a Sign of Foundation Problems
Before you jump to any conclusions about your need for foundation repair, understand that miscellaneous cracks around your home and/or basement are not always telltale signs of foundation problems. Over time, homes settle; their building materials also expand and contract with temperature changes. This means that cracks and other imperfections are inevitable.
Generally, you should not be concerned about a crack unless any of the following apply:
- It is more than an eighth of an inch wide.
- It is horizontal, diagonal, or "stair-step" in nature.
- It is allowing water to enter your home.
Of course, only a foundation expert will be able to tell you whether cracks in your home are indicative of foundation problems, so don't hesitate to schedule an evaluation if you have concerns.
Myth #3: A House With Foundation Repairs Will Never Sell
You might be hesitant to perform foundation repair because you're worried you'll have a hard time selling your home down the road. While it's true that you are typically required to disclose previous foundation repairs to potential sellers, it is actually a good thing to have proof that you addressed foundation problems properly. If you do nothing, the foundation issues will likely come up in a home inspection and could scare away your buyer.
These are just a handful of the most common foundation repair myths to be aware of. And remember: if you need work done on your home's foundation, you should only trust a team of reputable and experienced foundation repair contractors.
For more information on foundation repair, contact a contractor in your area.