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Problems with your foundation may be subtle at first—a small crack in your basement wall, doors that once closed but now don’t, or puddles of water on the ground after heavy rain—but these minor inconveniences can lead to significant and expensive damage if not addressed immediately.

The Basics of your Home’s Foundation

Problems with your foundation may be subtle at first—a small crack in your basement wall, doors that once closed but now don’t, or puddles of water on the ground after heavy rain—but these minor inconveniences can lead to significant and expensive damage if not addressed immediately.

Foundation damage can be dangerous, especially if left untreated. There are four main dangers of neglecting your foundation: structural damage, water damage, plumbing problems, and mold. Over time, these problems can lead to expensive—and sometimes irreparable—damage.

The right foundation option for your home often depends on the soil conditions beneath your home and the extent of the damage. For severe foundation problems, one of these permanent solutions is best:

  • Concrete piers
  • Helical piers
  • Poured concrete piers
  • Steel piers

Not all projects require such extreme repairs; sometimes, your foundation needs additional support or sealant. If you need minor adjustments to the foundation, your contractor may recommend one of the following solutions:

  • Crack sealant
  • Shimming
  • Slab jacking

Unlike other home projects that can easily be turned into weekend DIY projects, foundation repair requires the expertise of trained professional contractors. As soon as you notice a crack in your drywall or gaps in your foundation, you should contact one of these professionals to come to your home, diagnose the problem, and repair your foundation.

If you notice signs of foundation damage and want to learn more about foundation repair costs and local foundation repair companies, check out the resources below.

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