Why DIY Foundation Repair Isn’t Worth The Risk

At first glance, roofing, basement waterproofing and plumbing fixes seem like great projects to DIY especially if you have the tools for it. However, because of their complexity, like foundation repairs, it is still difficult to achieve. The dilemma is, you are likely to cause more damage due to the lack of knowledge and experience. Here are more reasons to convince you to call a trained professional instead: 

DIY Foundation Repair
  1. It’s dangerous. You could cause yourself and your occupants injury or cause additional damage to your property. Performing this type of repair is obviously difficult and you could hurt yourself because you don’t know exactly what you are doing.
  2. You might not have the right equipment to perform the repair. As mentioned above, foundation repairs are complex. Some issues may require foundation piering products or underpinning products to lift or level a foundation. Some foundation repairs require grout or epoxy injections performed under high pressure. And if you have them though, it is still uncertain whether you’d be able to utilize them properly and safely.
  3. It is hard to determine when foundation problems are leading to foundation failure. Although it is easy to recognize the signs of foundation issues, realizing when a foundation failure is imminent is still critical. It is said that it takes a structural engineer to really know the severity of the problems you have.
  4. You will end up paying for more. Despite DIYs being known to help you save more time and money, it is likely that when you try to fix your own foundation that an expert will have to undo what you did in order to fix your problem. Thus, if you aren’t sure of what you are doing, you could cost yourself a lot more money in the end.

Basement troubles? Brick foundation repair? Stratum Structural Systems can assist you. We serve homeowners in the greater St. Louis, MO, area. Call us today at (314) 916-6690 or contact us online to schedule a free home inspection from a true expert.

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