Many homeowners wrongly assume that foundation repair with carbon fiber straps is straightforward. After all, there are various DIY kits available in the market. Many of these kits are designed to make it easy to install the carbon fiber straps.
The problem with this is that they miss several steps that are necessary for a successful repair. They end up experiencing even more problems with their foundations that require the assistance of an expert.
- Damage assessment
Many DIYers spot large cracks in their foundations and begin to seek solutions. They don’t take the time to thoroughly assess the foundation to determine the root cause of the damage.
Repair of cracks goes beyond simply applying carbon fiber straps to the cracks. If you want to ensure the safety of your home and prevent further damage to your foundation, you’ll need to address the root cause of the damage. This means thoroughly assessing your property for clues as to what could have caused to the damage.
- Addressing other areas of the home
Foundation problems are rarely isolated. They are often the result of a combination of issues on the property. It’s therefore not enough to simply address the foundation itself and repair the cracks. Foundation repair should also involve addressing any other issue that contributed to the damage of the foundation such as leaking gutters or poor landscaping. Otherwise, you will continue to experience issues with your foundation.
- Developing a long-term strategy for the foundation
Carbon fiber strips are the preferred method of repairing foundations by both professionals and DIYers. This is not only because they are easy to install but also because they are practically maintenance-free.
However, this doesn’t mean that you won’t have to keep an eye on your foundation. You’ll need a long-term strategy to prevent further damage to the foundation. This may include activities such as cleaning and repairing your gutters and downspouts on a regular basis.
Best approach to foundation repair
If you’ve got cracks in your foundation, you may be tempted to go the DIY way. While you may save money initially, there’s a good chance that you will experience even more serious problems in the long run. It’s, therefore, best to get an expert right from the beginning. Foundation repair shouldn’t be considered a DIY job.
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