How to repair a foundation
Your home depends on the stability of its foundation, so you want to make sure that any foundation repair that's needed is done quickly and efficiently. However, that doesn't mean that you have to break out the big bucks; you can figure out how to repair a foundation on your own.
Foundation crack repair is the easiest job to tackle on your own. Frequently, small cracks can occur in your foundations which, with regular maintenance, do not affect the stability of the foundation. Keep in mind, though, that if your foundation has sustained major damage, or if you're adding onto your foundation, you may want to have the assistance of a professional, just to make sure that your work will do the job and keep your home safe.
Concrete Foundation Repair
Concrete foundation repair is the most common type of work done in North America. Most homes are built on a concrete foundation, since it is such a sturdy and long-lasting material. However, concrete, like all materials, can suffer from damage and wear over time. You should routinely check your foundation to keep track of and monitor any small cracks that may appear. Taking care of the small cracks can help you avoid the appearance of large cracks of more extensive damage in the future.
Waterproofing is another important element of home foundation repair. Much of the damage commonly seen in the concrete foundation repair business is caused by excessive water. If you've ever had a flooded basement, you've probably had some water damage to your foundation. Waterproofing can prevent damage to the foundation and the resulting water damage to the interior of your home.
Waterproofing is an easy task when done as the foundation is being built. Materials are painted on or placed around the foundation which prevents water damage. However, if you've experienced water damage and are looking to waterproof a foundation on an existing home, it is possible. Some waterproofing can be done from the inside of the home, which generally involves simply removing any drywall and insulation that covers the foundation. Existing foundations can also be waterproofed from the outside if you dig a space around the wall.