In our busy lives, most all of us have put off something for another day figuring that either the problem can wait or that the problem will not get any worse if we wait until a better time to deal with it. In theory, this is true for a lot of things. However, it is important that you know, your home’s foundation isn’t one of those things. Here are a few reasons why you should not put off foundation repair.
First and foremost, your foundation’s issues will not improve on their own. There will never come a time when the weight of your home can miraculously vanish or that the ground can push your foundation back where it needs to be. The truth is, once a foundation starts to give way, it will only get worse the longer you put it off. This also means that a small issue with the foundation that would be fairly inexpensive to fix when you first notice it can become very expensive if you delay. Do you have the extra money to pay more? Most people do not want to spend more.
In some cases, your home may have a basement area that the walls are bowing in on. The faster you deal with it, the less it will cost you to deal with it. The same is true of a house that is dropping down lower toward the ground than it should be. Often you will notice doors and windows that stick or a corner of the house that feels lower. These are the first hints and they should be important enough to stress over. If you don’t, it could mean that you need more repairs than simply a few piers and a little jacking up. Brace boards and blocks may crack and split. You may need several piers rather than a few. All of these things can spell disaster for your home and they may also increase the cost of repairs by thousands if you wait long enough.
Whether you have a basement or blocks under your home, the foundation is what supports your entire home. A damaged foundation could mean that the home is no longer able to stand on its own. If you put off repairs long enough, the cost will go through the roof or the roof could end up at ground level. Neither one of which is going to bode well for your home.