Two Foundation Problem Myths Debunked

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Although foundations are one of the most important structural components of a home, most people know very little about their home's foundation. This lack of knowledge often leads to a number of myths concerning foundation problems. However, if you want to ensure your foundation is in good condition, knowing how to distinguish fact from fiction is important. Here are just two common foundation repair myths.  

Patch A Crack To Repair The Problem

A common myth among uneducated homeowners is that you can simply patch up a foundation crack repair problem in order to solve the issue. However, this is only a superficial solution. You can patch the crack, but you also need to get to the bottom of the issue that caused the crack to form. The most important thing to remember is that cracks are often a symptom of an underlying problem, not the actual problem.

Consider the grade of your yard, for example. If the grade around your home has a slope that sends rainwater towards your home each time it rains, excess moisture will settle around the foundation. This excess moisture will eventually cause the foundation to crack. Given this scenario, it's not enough to simply patch the crack. You also need to have the grade of your yard corrected so that any moisture flows away from your home, instead of towards it.

It's Always The Builder's Fault

Particularly when you are dealing with new construction, it's easy to assume that any foundation problems can be directly attributed to the builder. However, there are a number of different factors that can cause an issue with a perfectly fine foundation. One of these issues is soil contraction and expansion. Particularly in climates with high moisture levels, as the moisture seeps into the soil, it can cause the soil to expand.

As the moisture evaporates, this causes the soil to then constrict. Each time this process is repeated, this puts excess pressure on your foundation, eventually causing it to crack. It doesn't matter how well the foundation was built or how high quality the materials used are, builders can't control soil contraction and expansion. If your home's foundation has an issue, investigate further, don't immediately blame the builder.

The more educated you are about your foundation, the faster you can have any necessary repairs performed. Oftentimes, the faster you have the repair performed, the lower the cost and amount of damage.

 

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