The cost of delaying a foundation repair can be very high in the Dallas and Ft. Worth areas. The cost of foundation repair usually continues to increase when repairs are delayed. The cost of delaying foundation repair can be an expensive mistake, but one that many homeowners make.
Our experience is that over 80% of the time, the cost of foundation repair will increase if you wait to have a foundation repair made.
Two of the most common causes of foundation problems are:
- Plumbing leaks, which are destructive to a foundation
- Soil consolidation, or settling.
Plumbing leaks can lead to rapid or slow foundation problems. A freshwater leak may undermine a house and the concrete slab within days or weeks. A gray water or sewer line leak acts more slowly upon the foundation. First the released water causes the concrete slab to rise or heave, and then over time the water will erode the soil supporting the foundation, and the foundation will settle or drop.
Soil consolidation or settling is normally a much slower process. Cracks begin to appear in the hot, dry, Dallas Fort Worth summer, then in the winter they may close up.
You can count on the fact that the next summer the cracks may be a little or a whole lot worse. This is because in the wet winter, clay soil expands, and masks the effect of soil consolidation or settling.
The foundation moves up and down with the seasons. During a long hot dry period, the crack will expand a little more than the previous year. Then in the damp winter and spring, it seemingly closes up, but the gap that remains is a little larger than the year before.
The continual movement of the foundation puts more stress on the foundation, as well as the walls and roofing. There is a strong tendency for the maximum drop, measured in inches, to increase every year, and to begin radiating out across the foundation.
When a foundation problem is caught early, cost of foundation repair is minimal. The cost of delaying foundation repair only causes added expenses for fixing collateral damage to walls and roofing.
Don’t postpone foundation repair. At the first signs of a foundation problem, call a foundation repair company for a free inspection. A reputable foundation repair company will help you determine the cost of foundation repair, as well as the cause of the foundation problem.