When foundation settling causes severe structural damage to your home, it may be difficult to determine where you need to start with repairs. Sometimes, the structural damage can be more visible. It is often very visible when it affects brickwork, for example.

You may need professional help to have the foundation repairs done right. The following information will help you get started with repairs before problems get worse:

Inspecting the Settling

The foundation repair process will begin with an inspection of the damage. This is done to determine the extent of the damage and the repairs that are going to be needed. The foundation and structural damage issues that a contractor will look for during the inspection include:

  • Erosion of soil around the foundation
  • Visible structural damage to exterior finishes
  • Problems with footing beams and other support issues

The inspection should also include an examination of the soil beneath your foundation. This will help determine what type of foundation repair techniques need to be used to correct the structural damage.

Deciding on Foundation Repair Techniques

Many different foundation repair techniques can be used to repair the damage to your home. The techniques that are used to correct issues with foundation settling include:

  • Pier jacking techniques to correct settling
  • Wall bracing to correct bowing issues
  • Soil stabilization to prevent settling issues

The foundation damage to your home may require a combination of different repair techniques.

Repairing the Additional Structural Damage

There could also be additional structural damage that needs to be repaired when doing work to your foundation. Some of the other repairs that might be necessary include:

  • Correcting structural framing issues and adding steel brackets
  • Repairing damage to the exterior finishes
  • Repairing or replacing damaged windows and doors

Other issues with brickwork or damage to the structural framing may require different repairs. These repairs can often be done after the foundation repairs are completed, or they may need to be done while the work to your foundation is being done.

Preventing Future Foundation Damage and Settling

The foundation repairs should last for years, but it is important that you do your part to ensure they last. Therefore, you want to have your foundation repairs inspected every few years. There may also be additional improvements that are needed to protect your home from damage, including:

  • Adding steel structural reinforcements (wall bracing)
  • Updating foundation and exterior waterproofing systems
  • Updating drainage systems (landscaping and foundation drain systems)

Future damage can often be prevented with improvements to drainage around your home and waterproofing of the foundation.

The problems with foundation settling will only get worse if they are neglected for too long. Therefore, you want to contact a foundation repair service to get started fixing these issues before the damage to your home becomes costlier. Contact a company like Jaco Waterproofing to learn more.