Can I do a DIY foundation repair?

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Basement Systems Calgary works with homeowners every day to help diagnose their foundation issues and carry out a permanent fix. Sometimes, we are asked if they could fix the problem themselves for cheaper. This is NEVER a promising idea. Problems with your home’s foundation can affect safety and property value. 

Foundation problems are complicated. 

Like, really complicated. Two cracks that look similar can be caused by two completely different issues – and require different fixes. Different things should be considered when diagnosing foundation issues like how long the issue has been around, the type of soil under the home, recent weather events and more. Additionally, whether your home sits on a foundation slab, or has a crawlspace or basement impacts how the foundation can be repaired. 

Foundation fixes require a trained crew with the proper equipment. 

Are you prepared to excavate under your home’s foundation footing? If the answer is no – and it should be – call a professional. Some foundation issues call for installing piers under the home to permanently anchor your home to load-bearing soil, or bedrock. Other times, a wall anchor is necessary which requires drilling a hole into the foundation wall. 

DIY fixes do not come with a warranty. 

Finally, a reputable foundation repair company will work to ensure a long-term fix to the problem. They will also guarantee this with a warranty on the parts installed and the work done. What started as a simple foundation fix can quickly get out of hand. This is especially true for someone who is not skilled in the tools and products necessary to remedy the issue. If finances were the initial reason you decided to do the work yourself, consider that the fix will become more expensive if the problem gets worse. A trusted and professional foundation repair contractor will be able to accurately diagnose the issues and implement a fix. Reach out today for a free, no obligation full home inspection. 

Our System Design Specialists would be happy to come to your home and provide a free, no-charge estimate that works with your schedule. 

Contact us today! 



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