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Post Foundation Repair Tips

To make repairs last, the property owner must change the conditions that caused the problem. Soil swelling can usually be stopped by cutting off the moisture supply. Plumbing leaks are major causes of soil swelling. If water leaks do occur, they must be repaired immediately to prevent damage to the foundation.

Poor drainage near the foundation is another cause of soil heaving. The owner may have to regrade his lot to make sure rainwater drains away from the foundation. Downspouts for gutters should carry water well away from the foundation and there should be no places where water ponds near the house during rains.

Brick cracks may close, and they may not close. It is our goal to close any brick cracks that exist, but there may be limitations during the lift that can prevent the cracks from closing. Sometimes there is a horizontal shift, and that will rarely come back. Sometimes the grade beam is too weak to lift the amount we would like, and it would cause more damage than good to lift further, and the cracks cannot close.

If you are planning any post foundation repair cosmetic repairs,  please consider waiting 10-14 days for the foundation to settle before beginning any masonry , sheet rock, roofing repairs, or painting. 

Post foundation repair tips are similar to the items mentioned in for prevention:

Follow these suggestions to minimize the chance of a re-occurrence of your foundation problem or for new problems developing. 


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5 Responses

  1. I didn’t realize that poor drainage near the foundation could cause the foundation to get damaged. I can see how a homeowner would want to know this to keep their property from getting damaged and spending a lot of money trying to correct the problem. I would want to make sure to hire someone who has enough experience to help me resolve the problem as well as give me advice on how to avoid future problems.

  2. I like that you said that we should wait 10 – 14 days before working on it again. It might be a good idea to ask a professional what they would suggest so that you can take good care of it. You may want to take safety precautions when working on your house.

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  4. I liked that you had mentioned that once you get the foundation repaired it might be important to fully inspect the house to see if anything else could cause damage. My wife has been nervous about the foundation of our home for the last while and because of this, we’re going to need it repaired. Once we can find a professional that can repair the foundation, we’ll be making sure the house is looked over for other potential problems.

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