5 Surprising Foundation Repair Myths

Jun 8, 2015

Misinformation about foundation problems can spread pretty quickly. It makes sense – you’re likely to believe almost anything if the literal foundation of your family home is being threatened. However, trusting in some of these myths as fact could wind up causing more trouble than you’d expect. We’re here to help debunk some of these surprising myths about foundation repair:

MYTH: Blame the Builder

If your foundation needs repair, it’s easy to point blame back at the builder. They must have used cheap materials, taken shortcuts, or failed to properly reinforce the foundation, right? It certainly is true that poorly installed foundations are more likely to fail, but even foundations built with the highest quality materials and perfect installation procedures can still develop structural problems. Soil expansion and contraction around your foundation can cause stress which leads to cracks, even if the builder constructed the foundation exactly right.

MYTH: Just Patch Cracks

If you only patch exterior cracks and don’t do anything to address the larger structural problem, you’re just putting a Band-Aid on a bigger problem. Exterior cracks are often not the problem, they’re a sign of a larger issue. Once you notice a crack, contact the foundation repair experts at the Crack Doctor. Addressing the problem early instead of applying a temporary solution could save you a lot of money and stress in the long run.  It’s important to patch cracks, but also to address the underlying stability issues.

MYTH: Leveling is Not a Solution

Some foundation repair companies level the foundation, but do not actually take efforts to restore a healthy and stable foundation. As with the previous myth, patchwork solutions never work in the long run. If you have foundation issues, it’s important to deliver complete solutions that actually solve the problem. We’re talking excavation, drainage system, soil grading, high-pressure urethane repair – whatever’s needed to solve it. Otherwise you’ll end up with serious foundation problems again before too long.

MYTH: Replacement is Better than Repair

Except in the rarest of cases, foundation replacement is an expensive and time-consuming proposition that doesn’t make sense for most homes. The right foundation repair company can offer permanent and stable solutions at an affordable price point to repair your foundation, keep your basement free of moisture, and protect the structural integrity of your home.

If you have heard any other myths about foundation repair, contact a foundation repair company like The Crack Doctor today. We’d be happy to set the record straight before a big mistake is made.

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