Why Not to Do DIY Foundation Repair?There are a lot of DIY projects you can do around the house, but DIY foundation repair isn’t one of them! Repairing a home’s foundation is something best left to the experts. There are several reasons for this, not the least of which is your personal safety. When it comes to foundation repair the job could be a simple one, or it could require a complex solution that calls for underground work involving the insertion of steel pilings to lift and support the settling area of your foundation and make your home safe and secure. It takes a specifically trained foundation repair expert to accurately assess the severity of the problem, determine the root cause, and implement the proper repair. Special training is required to recognize foundation problems and possible foundation failure. An incorrect repair can cause more damage than the original problem created.


In addition to having the knowledge base necessary to properly assess your foundation issues, there may be a need to use high grade, professional equipment to fix the problem, and that’s something only a professional foundation repair service such as Advanced Foundation Repair would have.


DIY foundation repair is not too different than what you may experience with 2 guys in a truck posing as foundation experts. You (or they) could actually make your foundation problems worse when you attempt to fix them yourself. Your DIY attempts at foundation repair could cause further damage and end up costing you more to fix if a professional has to undo your repair before repairing your foundation properly.


At Advanced Foundation Repair we inspect a lot of homes. On average we inspect 1-2 homes per day where the previous repair failed or was insufficient to correct the settling foundation.


If you notice any of these symptoms of foundation weakness, the best thing to do is call a professional right away. Most foundation problems are a result of shifting soil, saturated soil, or saturated backfill that can put pressure on your foundation and cause damage. A properly performing foundation will prevent water damage and structural damage which could place the house structure at risk and decrease the value of your home.


Besides obvious visible changes to or damage to your foundation, here are some other signs that you may have a foundation problem:


  • Leaking or water damage
  • Foundation upheaval
  • Gaps or separation around windows or exterior door frames
  • Warped ceilings or floors
  • Foundation settling or sinking
  • Drooping or sagging floors
  • Windows stick or won’t open and close properly
  • Damage to or problems with your plumbing system
  • Separation in or damage to a chimney
  • Doors begin to stick or don’t close properly anymore
  • Cabinets and counters begin to separate from the wall
  • Mold
  • Damp crawl space (if house is pier and beam structure)


Don’t take a chance on the safety and integrity of your home by trying to do a DIY foundation repair. Your home is probably the most significant investment you will ever make, and you want it to be a safe, healthy place to live. If you spot signs of a foundation issue, contact us today at 1-800-405-8880 for a free consultation and let us take care of all your foundation repair needs. Our friendly foundation experts can spot structural issues before they become major problems and provide you with an affordable solution to your foundation issues. At Advanced Foundation Repair, we will repair your home’s foundation properly, and give you the peace of mind knowing your home is safe and structurally sound.