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Some Advantages of Foundation Repair over Replacement

By Temple Young Subscribe to RSS | March 13th 2012 | Views:

Every homeowner should be concerned if the foundation walls crack, buckle, tilt, or sink. These are mostly structural problems that need to be attended to promptly to reduce the chances of further damage to the home, make the home attractive, and ensure that the value of the property is not diminished. However, replacing the foundation of a home is time consuming, expensive, and disrupts the family life for a long time. Additionally, if the contractor builds a similar foundation, the same conditions will lead to similar problems again. By choosing to undergo foundation repair you will be dealing directly with causes of the damage and reduce the chance of a recurrence.

Causes of Foundation Damage

Often the reason for a buckling foundation wall is expansive soil. Such soil, especially clay, expands when wet. This expanded soil exerts pressure on the foundation walls and causes cracks, buckling walls, tilting walls, and so on. This means that structural repair of foundations in Long Island have to exert a counter pressure on the foundation walls. This can be done by anchoring the wall using tested, specially designed products to the soil around your home. This system will strengthen the wall and even straighten the buckling wall over time.

Ease of Installation

One major advantage of working with a foundation contractor that uses anchoring products is that the foundation can be strengthened in a short time. Many contractors take only a week for this. Additionally, the cost of the foundation repair in Queens, NY, or Long Island is considerably lower than a foundation replacement. The damage to the landscaping and disruption to your life is also minimal.

Construction of a New Foundation

In the construction a new home, the foundation is very important. The new foundation constructed for your Long Island home has to be suitable for the soil conditions as well as the design and structure of the home. Unless these aspects are taken care of, the foundation can develop cracks, buckle, tilt, or sink - leading to structural damage of your home. To ensure that the foundation is strong, it is best to retain the services of a contractor with the expertise to construct a proper foundation. Even if you are extending your home or making it larger, an experienced contractor will ensure that the extended foundation of your Long Island home will last for decades withstanding the forces and elements of Mother Nature.

Advantages of Foundation Waterproofing

Sometimes, foundation walls develop thin cracks that are not damaging to the structure but let in moisture. Excess moisture in the soil around the basement can seep in through these cracks, through spaces in the wall and floor joins, through the floor, and even through the concrete. It is best to ensure that the foundation is waterproof as a damp basement or crawl space will lead to the growth of mold. Mold survives on organic matter and can quickly spread to the entire basement. This lowers the value of your home, makes your home smell musty, renders the basement unusable, and can cause sickness in those who are allergic to mold. By waterproofing the basement of your Long Island home you can avoid all these problems and finish the basement for additional floor space smartly and properly.

Temple Young - About Author:
Building Structures Unlimited specializes in foundation repair in Long Island and other surrounding areas. Visit them online for a free foundation repair estimate.

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