After Foundation Repair, Take These 4 Steps

Foundation repair can be stressful, disruptive and costly, particularly if your home has significant structural damage. So, naturally, you’ll want the repairs to last as long as possible. 

Foundation Repair

The key to protecting your foundation after having it repaired – and providing a stable, solid base for your home for many years to come – is to address the issues that contributed to your settlement problem in the first place. 

After foundation repair, experts recommend taking the following steps to make sure you don’t have to go through this again.

No. 1: Schedule a Plumbing Test

Plumbing leaks can infiltrate the soil under your home and lead to foundation settlement. But, even if you don’t have a problem with your pipes before having the repair work done, you might after the job is finished.

Lifting and stabilizing your home foundation can shift and damage plumbing lines buried underground. To make sure that your pipes are in tip-top condition after foundation repair, contact a local professional plumber and schedule a hydrostatic plumbing test.

No. 2: Check Your Rain Gutter System

Problems with your gutters can also contribute to foundation settlement. Your rain gutter system needs to funnel water away from your home – if it doesn’t, you can look forward to future structural damage due to the increased water content in the soil.

After foundation repair, check your rain gutters and fix or replace any that are sagging or damaged. While you’re at it, make sure that your downspouts are directed far enough away from your home. You may also want to install gutter guards to protect against clogs, as clogged gutters can overflow and send water right down into your foundation. 

No. 3: Improve Your Landscaping

Once repairs to your foundation are completed, you’ll need to take a look at your landscaping. Tree roots and improper grading could create issues in the future, so now’s the time to make any necessary landscape improvements.

If the land surrounding your home is flat or slopes toward the house, grading the lot could help you avoid drainage-related foundation damage. You should also take a look at any shrubs and trees planted along your home’s perimeter – they may need to be moved further away, or you might need to install root barriers to prevent the roots from growing under the foundation.

No. 4: Make Interior Repairs

Repairing your foundation can work to close up some of the cracks in your interior walls, but it won’t make them invisible. It also won’t fix the cracks or warped areas in your flooring.

You can fix your interior walls and floors yourself after foundation repair, or hire a local contractor for the job. But, you may want to wait a few weeks before getting started on cosmetic interior repairs. That way, you can be sure that the soil won’t settle further and cause further damage. 

Another secret to long-lasting foundation repair? Hire an experienced contractor – like the professionals at Atlas Piers – to complete the work. 

The Atlas Piers team has a 25-year history of providing high-quality service at an affordable price to homeowners throughout Utah, Nevada and Wyoming. For a free, no-pressure consultation and expert answers to your questions about foundation repair, contact us today.  

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