Foundation issues are scary, but allowing them to go unfixed can be scarier. You think that because you have a crack in your slab that your home will get swallowed up by some kind of abyss much like those sinkholes you see on the news.
Most of the time, the issues aren’t serious. But if you suspect that you have a foundation issue, get an inspection soon. And once you know what’s going on, it’s important to take care of the issue immediately. Unlike wine, foundation repair issues don’t improve with age; they actually get worse.
Here are some things that can happen.
Damage to your home’s structure gets worse.
When the foundation is compromised, it affects the rest of your home’s structure. The crack that you saw in the wall last year will grow over time, affecting the doors, ceiling, support beams, window frames and other rooms in the house. An unsteady foundation doesn’t get better; it gets worse as you allow it to degrade over time.
Repair costs go up over time.
The longer you wait, the more expensive foundation repairs become. If you catch an issue early, in most cases, you can get it fixed for much less than you may expect. But if you wait months or even years, you may be looking at a much more urgent solution requiring thousands of dollars in repairs. The bottom line: early detection should lead to early action.
Foundation issues can cause plumbing issues.
When your foundation cracks and crumbles, it affects the sewer and water pipes that run both through and below your foundation as well as those that run inside your walls and ceilings. As the soil expands and contracts, elevating and lowering the foundation, it can break the pipes and cause major plumbing damage. That’s why we perform a hydrostatic test to check the pressure in your sewage pipes.
Insects love cracked foundations.
Since foundation issues can create a humid environment, prolonged problems can attract all kinds of insects, from termites and carpenter ants to mosquitoes and spiders—especially in your attic and crawl spaces. Add a pest control bill to your growing foundation repair bill.
Foundation issues create perfect conditions for mold and mildew.
The damp environment caused by foundation issues creates a myriad of additional issues besides insects. Mildew and mold thrive under warm, damp conditions and cause damage to your home’s structure and endanger your family’s health. Mold and mildew spores can trigger both allergy and asthma attacks, making it difficult to breathe and causing people to sneeze and itch. Once mold and mildew start growing, it takes a lot to get rid of them. Mold remediation is a lengthy and expensive remedy.
Damaged foundations affect your utility bills.
If your home is like most, it’s built fairly airtight in order to control the interior environment and comfort. Using weather stripping, insulation, and double-pane windows, technology has come a long way in making homes very energy-efficient.
But when a home has foundation issues, they can cause cracks in your home’s structure, separating features from the structure and opening up opportunities for moisture to seep into your living areas—both downstairs and up. When there are gaps letting air from the outside come inside, your heating and air-conditioning have to work much harder to keep you comfortable. And that can jack up your utility bills—especially during Houston’s scorching-hot summers.
Foundation issues can hurt your property’s value.
Unless you’re selling a fixer-upper or you’re just unloading a dilapidated home, buyers want a house that’s in almost-perfect condition. If your foundation is cracked and sloped, many homeowners won’t touch your property. The ones who do express interest will either demand that you spend thousands of dollars to repair it or will submit a low-ball offer to see how desperate you are to sell. Either way, a damaged foundation doesn’t put your property in the best light to get top dollar for it.
Don’t delay. Act now.
If you think you have a foundation issue, have your foundation inspected by a qualified professional as soon as possible. Then, get it repaired immediately while the issue is still young and you can prevent further damage to your home.
At Church Foundation Repair, we’ll inspect your foundation and provide a free estimate for repairs. Plus, our repairs are covered under our lifetime service agreement, which is transferable if you sell your home. Call us today to set up your appointment.