Month: March 2020

What to Do to Prepare Your Home For Foundation Repair?

If you have discovered that your home has developed foundation problems, your first step should be to call out a foundation repair company to confirm these potential issues. Once done, they will be able to give you a run down on what the problem is and what they recommend to be done to fix it. Once you have that repair scheduled, you want it to go smoothly, and here are some things you can do to prepare your home for foundation repair.

What to Do to Prepare Your Home For Foundation Repair?

Sort Out Your Landscaping

Obviously, you don’t want to add any new landscaping by the foundation before a repair. You will also want to remove items away from the perimeter to minimize the amount of work that needs to be done by the crew. While not always possible, you may want to reserve parking close to your home as well.

If you would like to really be proactive, you can ask the contractor if there are any areas where they will need to remove landscaping. While they can do that themselves, it can save them time if you start removing some items.

Have a Foundation Repair Plan

Not every foundation problem is something extreme like a complete concrete slab replacement. However, your contractor will go over what they need to happen. It may require you to be out of your home. Alternatively, foundation repair can be loud and somewhat intrusive, you may feel more comfortable relocating elsewhere. This means that even if you don’t technically need to leave your home, you may want a plan on where to go if you need to.

Secure the Interior

Not all foundation work happens outside. Just like the exterior, you will need to clear the interior as well. For example, if you have bowing basement walls, you will want to clean out the basement so the crew can work quickly and obstruction-free. You will also want to restrain pets or wandering toddlers for their safety during work hours.

Do you believe your home has foundation problems? Contact us today! Steady Home Foundation Repair can help you determine what the problem is and can help you get it fixed quickly.

How Plumbing Problems Cause Slab Foundation Problems

Plumbing problems are an issue all their own, but if you put off calling the plumber to get them repaired, they cause different problems. If you let a plumbing leak persist, not only are you wasting water as well as money, but you are setting yourself up for foundation issues.

How Plumbing Problems Cause Slab Foundation Problems

While any type of foundation can experience issues from a leaky pipe left unchecked, slab foundations are a special case. Often a plumbing leak in a slab foundation is a major cause of problems because homeowners never knew that their pipe was leaking in the first place.

As slabs lack a crawlspace that provides immediate access to the pipes that run under the floors, you may never know there is a leak in your slab plumbing unless you notice a rise in your water usage. If this leak is left unrepaired, the extra water around your foundation from it causes shifting which leads to foundation damage.

If you have a slab leak that has caused a need for foundation repair, you may wonder which should be repaired first. In most cases, you will want to call a plumber out to repair the leak. However, if there has been significant shifting, then other parts of your in-slab plumbing may have been damaged as well. For example, extreme shifting can bend and break other portions of your pipe. If your plumber thinks this may be the case, you will want to get your foundation repaired before repairing the rest of your plumbing. The reason for this is simple. If you fix the plumbing then readjust your foundation, it could just damage it again.

This is a frustrating situation to be in, but a common one for those with slab foundations. If you have a slab foundation or any foundation that is manifesting issues, contact us today to see how Steady House Foundation Repair can help.