Basement Foundation Repair

Basement Foundation Repair FAQ

While your foundation is meant to last, the harsh Western New York weather can really take its toll. Regardless of the cause of your foundation issues, it is important to do your research and know the right questions to ask prior to basement foundation repair. At Locktight Waterproofing, we have compiled a list of questions we are frequently asked so you can be better prepared for service.

Why is basement foundation repair necessary?

If left unattended, foundation issues could cause serious structural damage throughout your home. If ignored for an extended period of time, your home could become unsafe. If you're planning to sell your home in the next couple years, foundation problems could make your home impossible to sell. Regardless of your situation, basement foundation repair is imperative if you see cracks or signs of settling.

Can cracks in my foundation leak?

If the cracks in your foundation are left unattended for a long period of time, they will eventually start to leak. If there is an area with multiple cracks, they are more susceptible to leaking. In the end, it is worth the investment to have the cracks in your foundation repaired promptly, especially if there are multiple areas that are cracked and some that are already leaking.

How long do foundation repairs normally take?

Depending on your foundation issues, the time frame for repair can vary. Generally, it takes about two to three days to repair cracks in your foundation. If your damage is extensive and the scope of work is more complicated, it may take several days to complete the repair. In addition, you will have to wait a bit to repair any mortar or drywall cracks in your basement, and between four to six weeks to allow your walls time to settle into their new position.

Will foundation repairs affect my plumbing?

If you were not already aware, the pipes of your plumbing system are underneath and attached to your home's foundation. When your foundation settles, it is possible for the pipes to get damaged. It's also possible that your pipes could get damaged when your foundation is getting repaired. This being said, it is never a bad idea to enlist the help of a plumbing professional before or after basement foundation repair to ensure your system is in proper working order.

Is it necessary to repair the entire foundation?

In many cases, it is not necessary to repair the entire foundation. An expert can identify the weak spots that are in definite need of repair. In rare cases of immense damage, your entire foundation may need to be stabilized.

When is a foundation beyond repair?

There are some instances where your foundation may be beyond repair including:

  • If you can fit a dime through the crack in your foundation
  • If the cracks continue to grow and change directions
  • If there are visible bulges in the wall because of water pressure
  • If your floors seem weak and slope above the foundation

Contact Us Today for Basement Foundation Repair

If you suspect you may need basement foundation repair, rely on the experts at Locktight Waterproofing. We have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to repair water seepage, cracks, and damage to your basement foundation. Our services extend to homeowners throughout Erie and Niagara County including Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Clarence, Depew, Hamburg, Lancaster, Lockport, Orchard Park, Tonawanda, West Seneca, Grand Island, East Aurora, Lackawanna, and Williamsville, NY.

For more information about basement foundation repair or to schedule an appointment with our experts, CONTACT US TODAY!