Monday, March 5th, 2012 by Gayle Rusk
Many people associate foundation problems with older homes. However, Consumer Reports found that 15% of new homes had serious foundation problems!
These problems are found to have four causes:
HOMES BUILT ON POORLY COMPACTED FILL SOILS
EXPANSIVE SOILS DAMAGING THE HOME
DETERIORATING / INADEQUATE SUPPORTS
It’s safe to say that foundation problems affect new and old homes alike. The decision to fix these problems – permanently – is an investment in your home that makes sense.
DO IT YOURSELF FOUNDATION REPAIRS – BEWARE!
A common DYI fix that homeowners attempt is tuckpointing exterior cracks. This is temporary, as the cracks will open back up as the problem continues. Repeated tuckpointing often results in varying colors of mortar that detracts from the beauty of your home. Another common repair is patching over drywall cracks. While this temporarily solves the cosmetic damage, it does nothing to stabilize the foundation to prevent if from happening again, again, and again. Repeated patching of drywall can be frustrating and unsightly!
Another thing to consider is the RESALE VALUE OF YOUR HOME since most people sell their home at some point in their life! You know yourself that you would be hesitant to buy a home with a structural problem, and if you did you would not pay the asking price.
The Real Estate Sellers Disclosure Act requires these type of problems must be disclosed to potential home buyers.
At Ohio Basement Systems, we want customers to understand the repercussions of not repairing a foundation crack or issue. Can you see that by NOT fixing your foundation, it’s going to cost much more money than fixing your foundation? Our Ohio-based foundation repair specialists have the know-how and experience to identify common symptoms that a foundation might be failing. Call today and we will schedule a convenient time to come inspect your foundation. We offer no-obligation written quotes.