When Is The Best Time To Fix Foundation Cracks?
Foundation damage is nothing to be ignored; it should be tackled as soon as possible. If you’re reading this article, you probably suspect (or know for sure about) some foundation damage in your house or the one you’re about to buy. Your worries are justified, but before I go on explaining the ideal time(s) for repairing foundation damage, why not steal a brief look at the problem itself?
Let’s get started!
Analyzing The Signs Of Foundation Damage
Foundation damage exhibits some very clear and distinct signs; you should be on the lookout for such telltale signs. Don’t ignore even the tiniest detail. Here’s a rundown of the issues you should take notice of:
• Cracks in the walls and floor.
• Sloping of the floor.
• Moisture seeping inside walls.
• Noticeable water damage.
• Doors or windows not opening and closing as smoothly.
• The basement getting all wet and soggy.
To save yourself from the troubles of dealing with a much greater problem, try and nip it in the bud!
When Should We Get Foundation Damage Repaired?
On to the main problem, let’s see when you should proceed with fixing foundation damage:
Spring Is An Eye Opener
Are you unsure if you do have foundation damage, to begin with?
Well then, the springtime will be perfect for figuring things out. The rain showers will cause cracks to exude moisture, or in foundation damage terms, “weep.” This will be a clear indication of any damage, no matter how meager.
You should ask a foundation inspector to take a look at stuff if you’re suspicious to figure out whether or not your house needs a foundation repair. Moreover, if you, like most other people, engage in spring cleaning, you are bound to notice something fishy or moldy (yikes!)
In either case, you’ll know for sure that you need to act; make it fast – you’re on the clock with this stuff, it will only go downhill.
Winters Are Good
As December dawns on the calendar, the soil gets colder than it is at any other time of the year. This cool soil stays this way until March. Cold soils equal more stability; this means that analyzing foundation damage in colder months is easier.
Moreover, the damage barely worsens in the winters, and fixing cracks is comparatively simpler. But this is also the time of year when you’ve got a ton of plans set up in line, like going to your long-awaited and well-earned vacation.
If you wish to go ahead with the repairs, you will have to move your schedule accordingly, and that’s why some people tend to avoid getting much done in the winters.
Don’t Delay It, Act Now!
While the winters ensure soil stability and spring makes the damage more noticeable, there is no ‘ideal’ time for getting the foundation repaired. Any skilled professional can get a thorough job done round the year, whenever you want.
There is no point in delaying the resolution of this problem.
Let me walk you through it: at first, it will only be some cracks in the foundation. Then, it’ll worsen and allow moisture to seep in, causing a “wet basement” (because the cracks usually appear in the basement area).
The moisture will continue to claw its way in the building’s frame, causing water damage, and soon enough, there will be mold.
Just a heads up about mold, it sucks, and it is a health hazard – a serious one at that!
The point is that from the appearance of the first cracks (if you happen to notice them), things will deteriorate faster than you can anticipate. The ideal approach to the problem is fixing it right away, and we, at 808 Construction, will ensure that your house becomes as good as new once we’re through with it!
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