A damaged foundation doesn't have to empty your savings account, but many homeowners avoid it because they buy into the myths surrounding the repair techniques. Clear up any misunderstandings you might have about these five foundation repair myths. 

All You Need is Reinforcement

Some sources claim that reinforcement straps and pilings are all you need to stabilize a cracked foundation. However, these kinds of reinforcements can't stop the effects of loose soil or tree roots wedging into the cracks. The entire foundation needs thorough inspection and a complete repair solution.

Crack Sealing is Enough

In the same vein as the myths about reinforcements, it's also easy to find claims that sealing up cracks to keep water out is enough to stabilize a sliding foundation. Crack sealing with epoxy is a solution for a wet basement, but only after an inspection proves the cracks are not a sign of deeper damage. 

Excavation is Too Expensive

Don't assume that extensive repairs involving excavations are out of your budget. Tunneling equipment and easy jacking systems help keep excavation more affordable than interior slab breaking in many cases. Digging and tunneling may cost even less in cases with considerations like

  • Limited soil compaction or sliding, effecting just one wall or corner of the structure
  • Wet soil that is already full of voids and easy to dig through
  • Costly finishes on the floor of the basement, which must be removed and replaced if you use the slab breaking method for repairs. 

Mudjacking Fixes All Soil Problems

Mudjacking or pressure grouting is the practice of filling in voids under the foundation with low-pressure concrete or grout. This practices does stabilize the soil and preventing further cracking and sagging, but it's not a wonder fix either. Loose and wet soil still needs other stabilization or your foundation will simply continue to move and break apart. Mudjacking doesn't completely solve the water penetration problems that come along with a crack in the foundation either, so you'll need epoxy fillers or some other sealant after getting pressure grouting done.

Repairs are Required Before a Sale

Finally, don't assume you have to spend your money on full foundation repairs before selling your home if you're trying to move quickly. In most states, you can sell a home with a major foundation problem as long as you disclose the issue to the buyer. Get a quote from a quality foundation repair team (such as American Mud Jack Inc) and discount your asking price by the cost of the repair so that you're offering a fair deal.