Is DIY Foundation Repair Ever the Right Move?

DIY foundation repair

The foundation of your home is literally just that: the foundation.

The structural integrity of the foundation may become damaged over time due to any number of reasons:

  • Uncompacted earth
  • A shift in the water table
  • Moisture damage
  • Exposure to conditions

The Dallas/Ft. Worth area is well-known to have dynamic seasons. The massive rainfall of the summer or biting cold winters can lead to the deterioration of your home’s foundation.

Of course, you may be tempted to do a few DIY foundation repair projects to stop and fix the issues. You have the best intentions but you need to wait before pulling the trigger on this idea.

It can be difficult to determine the cause of foundation issues:

  • Slab foundation, deep underground, cannot be easily noticeable since you don’t have easy access. Do you know how you’ll get down into that area without a major investment based on a gut reaction?
  • Cracks in the walls and around doors will lead you to know foundation problems but do you know if it’s in the immediate area or further off?
  • Pier and beam construction may have not fully settled before the build — how much more will it go and if so then how bad will it be?
  • Busted pipes and rotting roots could have been under the foundation; did you know about them prior?

Sure, a DIY approach to foundation repair sounds good on paper but you’re likely setting yourself up for failure. The TV spots and articles you may have read about DIY foundation repair may make it seem easy but that’s not always the case.

There is a lot on the line when the foundation starts to go. Do you truly trust your knowledge and skills to fix a major issue in the home?

The work you do may be a temporary fix but what’s really happening is:

  • Damaging the value of the home
  • Placing your family at risk
  • Putting a band-aid over a major pain

Simple fixes to small cracks, leaks, and crumbling concrete can be done when you notice the issues with the naked-eye but would you want to risk it if the damage goes deeper than what you can see?

Yes, some issues may not become present or damaging for years to come. However, delaying the fixes will only further damage the home, as a whole.

Here’s what you need to know…

Should I Do a DIY Foundation Repair Job?

The simple answer: NO.

There are more than enough reasons as to why you don’t want to take on the challenge of a DIY foundation repair:

Misjudgment

Certain foundation problems are easy to spot such as floor & wall cracks, foundation cracks, leaning walls, and more.

However, it takes an expert to truly understand the problems that may be going on. It requires a lot of special training in order to fully notice the on-going and long-term damages to the foundation that aren’t readily apparent upon the first inspection.

Value Damage

Say you want to sell the home at a later time. Would you be okay with buying a home where the owner did DIY repairs to the foundation?

Of course not. You’d want to know a professional was there to handle the issues. So think of it from a seller’s angle. You’re essentially ruining the value of your home through these DIY repairs because it’s not fully documented and amateur.

Tools

It’s highly doubtful that you have the correct tools to do the larger foundation repairs.

These repairs could take heavy equipment — at that rate, you may as well pay for the professional (plus who are you kidding? Do you know how to use an excavator?).

Injury

Getting down into the foundation puts you in a hard situation. What if you were to injure yourself in the process? All that money you were expecting to save is now going to medical bills.

Sounds straight forward, right? Suddenly that DIY foundation repair doesn’t seem like it’ll be saving as much money as you’d hope. It makes sense as to why you’d want to hire a professional to do the job.

On that topic…

Professional Foundation Repair Service: What to Expect

A professional service provider, such as FoundationRepairDFW, places you in the direct connection to those professionals qualified to make the foundation repairs.

It goes like this:

  1. Step 1: Share your basic information about the property and receive a quick and easy (free)
  2. Step 2: A team member from FoundationRepairFW will get in touch to schedule an appointment for a free quote
  3. Step 3: An estimate will be presented to you and any questions you may have will be answered
  4. Step 4: A licensed engineer with confirming the estimate and then start doing the work

The information and estimate are generally delivered within a few days (though frequently the same day). Moving forward it then becomes a no-stress decision on our part on whether to go forward the suggestions and engineers willing to do the job.

According to HomeAdvisor the typical cost for foundation repair settles in around $3,857 with some costs being as low as $500 and as high as $10,000+.

It all depends on what’s reported after the inspection though rest assured that going through the process will keep the value of your home, peace of mind, and structural integrity of the domain.

Conclusion

Contact an expert when it comes to foundation repair — you may find that the problem is far less problematic than you originally imagined. Wouldn’t that be better to hear an expert opinion before you go gung-ho with the repairs?

  • It could be the soil, which can be an easy fix
  • A crack may not necessarily mean it’s a major issue
  • You don’t have to spend a fortune on the tools and items

So to recap: No, it’s not a smart idea to do a DIY foundation repair.

The up-front costs to acquire the equipment will automatically turn you off on the prospect let alone not knowing the full extent of the damage because you’re not a trained and licensed professional.

There may be more lurking in the foundation that is merely covered up by those DIY repairs. Wouldn’t it be better to get in touch with us and find the help needed to do it the right way, the first time?

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