If you have discovered signs in your home that have led you to believe that your foundation may be damaged, then it is likely that you are considering your repair options. One of the first options many homeowners will opt for is DIY repair, as they believe that this will be the most cost-effective option. Furthermore, the numerous articles and videos a quick internet search returns lead people to believe that foundation repair is a simple task they can complete on their own. However, believing in this misconception can end up proving to be disastrous when an inexperienced homeowner takes on the task of repairing their home’s foundation themselves. Here are just a few of the many reasons why you should not consider attempting DIY foundation repair, and why you need to hire an experienced professional to complete this repair.
Your Foundation is Unique
Your foundation, and any damage it may have incurred, will be unique. Thusly, a patch repair suggestion provided by the internet will not be tailored to fit the needs of your situation. In fact, these internet DIY foundation repair guides often simply give instruction on how to do cosmetic repair, and do not take into account the structural damage that is the real problem. For this reason, it is important to put your faith in an experienced repair specialist rather than a generic DIY guide. Only an experienced professional will be able to determine the greater extent of the damage, what caused the problem in the first place, and will be able to provide thorough, proper repair to address your home’s unique situation.
Foundation Repair Requires Precision and Expertise
Foundation repair is often a complex job that requires precision and expert knowledge. This is due to the fact that many factors need to be taken into account such as the home’s structure, and the composition of the ground beneath the foundation, when repairing a home’s foundation. Furthermore, these repairs often require the use of a variety of complex tools and machinery that are used to drill into the foundation of your home to apply repairs; such as through the addition of concrete piers underneath a home that supports and levels the home’s foundation. This work is intricate, and attempting inexperienced repair can leave oneself vulnerable to injury and the possibility of inflicting further damage on your home’s foundation.
You Could End Up Wasting Time and Money
As mentioned above, special tools and supplies are required to repair a home’s foundation. However, without the expert knowledge to know what type of repair would be best for your home, you could end up spending a great deal of money investing in supplies to perform a repair job that does not actually address the problem causing damage to your home’s foundation. Furthermore, many individuals who attempt DIY foundation repair end up unknowingly causing further damage to their home. Thusly, DIY foundation repair oftentimes ends up being more costly in the long run than professional repair as you will have to hire a professional to fix your mistakes. Should you believe that your home’s foundation might be damaged, hiring a foundation repair specialist from the start usually proves to be the safer, smarter, and more cost-effective choice.
There are many instances when performing DIY repair, maintenance, and renovations on your home can prove to be a good option as doing so can save you money and can help you to learn a new skill; however, when it comes to foundation repair, it is always best to leave the job up to an experienced, professional foundation repair specialist. Repairing a home’s foundation requires an in-depth knowledge of structural engineering in order to properly diagnose and repair foundation problems. If you believe that your home’s foundation may be in need of repair, do not make the mistake of attempting DIY repair; contact us to find out about having your home’s foundation professionally repaired.