Can I Repair My Home Foundation DIY?

Why You Need a Foundation Repair Professional

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Your home is probably the biggest purchase you will make in your lifetime, and represents a great portion of your net worth. Sometimes, homeowners who find themselves in need of foundation repairs ignore the problem, hoping it will go away or a particularly handy homeowner will attempt to repair the foundation themselves. We do not recommend either of these scenarios.  Here are four reasons why it’s best to hire a foundation professional:

Understanding the Complexities of Texas Soil

One of the biggest obstacles to overcome when doing a foundation repair in Texas is not necessarily understanding the foundation or the problem with the foundation, but understanding the complexities of the Texas soil that lies beneath the foundation. Not only are there a plethora of soil types present in our state, but the soil itself reacts to changing environmental conditions.

For example, soil that contains clay will expand to hold moisture, and contract during periods of drought. A professional foundation repair company, such as Perma-Pier Foundation Repair of Texas, knows this, and will use our vast knowledge of Texas soil conditions to provide our customers with the best possible solution to their unique foundational issues.

Trying to fix your foundation yourself, without a good understanding of the soil, will most likely result in a more complicated repair scenario in the future.

The Right Tools for the Job

A professional foundation repair company already has the right tools for the job. Foundation work often requires the use of large implements and machines such as jacks and excavators that the average do-it-yourselfer doesn’t have just lying around. Furthermore, a professional realizes when cracks may be simply sealed with epoxy, or when carbon fiber strips, steel braces, wall anchors, are necessary.

Less Invasive Solutions

A professional recognizes that in most cases, the foundation they are repairing is a part of someone’s home. While some foundation repairs do not require that a family vacate their dwelling, some scenarios require a family to temporarily move out of their primary residence as a safety precaution. A professional can quickly realize when a foundation will need to be totally or partially excavated in order to complete a repair, and can recognize a situation that can utilize a less invasive solution, which is usually easier on a family.

Permits and Paperwork

A professional foundation repair company knows what permits need to be pulled and what paperwork needs to be submitted. A professional knows who to speak to regarding your applications and how to get your application quickly through the system. Some municipalities base the need for a permit on the value of the foundation, and some require you to submit a sealed engineer’s report. Some require the submission of an elevation certificate if the property lies within a flood plain.

A professional repair company knows all these details and can put their knowledge to work on your behalf, saving you valuable time, and effort. Often times the red-tape learning curve is a steep one, and so to a certain degree, hiring a trusted professional foundation repair company to apply for necessary permits on your behalf can save you from potential frustration.

For the last three generations, Perma-Pier Foundation Repair of Texas has worked with over 15,000 home and business owners to repair and restore problematic foundations in Texas. We understand that foundation problems have a way of rocking home and building owners to their core. While foundation concerns are quite serious, they can be overcome.

For more information about our company or to schedule a pre-repair foundation inspection, contact us! Our friendly inspectors and technicians are some of the most highly trained professionals you can find anywhere, and are continually studying the most up-to-date information regarding residential and commercial foundation repair. Don’t risk further problems by trying to fix your foundation yourself. Do the smart thing, and contact us today!

Texas Foundation Experts

Find out why Perma-Pier can truly say we “know your dirt.” Our knowledge of Texas soils — and what we do with that knowledge — are unmatched.

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