Anytime something you own is in need of repair it can be easy to fall prey to hearing what you want to hear. The more value that item holds, in the event of a repair, it can be very nerve-wracking. While it’s never enjoyable to shell out money or wait for a diagnosis, it is more tolerable to replace a dishwasher than the transmission on your car. The importance and perceived cost and solution only grows as the repair increases in scale, making a foundation repair to your home an undertaking where you really need to trust the experts. Being overly concerned with cost or attempting to take the smoothest road to a conclusion can often be more costly in the long run. One of the biggest pitfalls of foundation repair comes from the promise of home leveling. Here are somethings to be aware of if this is presented to you as a remedy.
What is “Home Leveling”?
When the forces of nature take their toll on your foundation, which our unique south Louisiana soil can do, foundation damage can occur. As the soil either creates pressure against the foundation, or retracts away from it, an uneven state can occur. Home leveling requires extensive excavation around and under the foundation to bring sagging or bulging aspects of the foundation to a level state.
Can it be guaranteed?
This is a key question. If you have a foundation repair company providing you an estimate and the guarantee that they can level your home, you should be very leery of this recommendation. While measures can be taken to correct the soil conditions to prevent further damage, and some leveling can occur due to these efforts, guaranteeing a repaired foundation simply through leveling is a dangerous proposition and can likely lead to even greater damage.
What can go wrong?
The short answer is “everything”. If someone unskilled, unfamiliar or inexperienced with foundations or our area is attempting to level the home, significant structural damage can occur. What can begin as a foundation issue can lead to major cosmetic damage, roof repairs and more. Click here for a detailed explanation of how home lifting and leveling should be handled.
While controlling and correcting the soil is a part of foundation repair, and leveling is one element of the process, there are never any guarantees when that is the focus. For our area’s unique soil conditions, the drill pier method is the only proven process to restore your home’s health and value. For over 30 years, WCK Foundation Repair has been helping home and business owners all over south Louisiana. As the experts in foundation repair and the drill pier method, their work is covered by a transferrable lifetime warranty. For more information, click here.