Do I Have to Fix My House Foundation?

If you’ve noticed some problems with your house foundation, you might be wondering, “Do I have to fix it? What will happen if I don’t?” We get it. Nobody wants to deal with the hassle and expense of home repairs. However, ignoring house foundation problems isn’t a risk that you want to take. A whole lot of bad things can happen if you do nothing, including:

Water damage

Occasionally, water seepage in the basement isn’t a huge deal. But when it’s due to a foundation problem, like cracks, it’s going to happen continually and all of that water is eventually going to cause more severe problems throughout the house.

Diminished air quality

What comes along with water issues in a home if left unchecked? That’s right: mold and mildew. This is a problem that’s going to affect more than the structure of your home. It’s going to affect the health of everyone living in the house! Mold and mildew can cause multiple long term health issues such as nasal stuffiness, coughing, throat irritation, eye irritation, skin irritation, asthma, and respiratory problems, to name a few. Do you really want to subject your family to this?

Related damage

A damaged house foundation causes many other issues beyond basement cracks and water seepage, which makes sense if you think about it. After all, the whole house is sitting on top of the foundation. When the foundation has problems, additional problems are going to occur throughout the entire house. A shifting foundation can cause problems like misaligned doors and windows that stick or don’t open and close properly and pressure from soil on the foundation can cause leaning or bowing walls. When you finally do decide to fix the foundation, it won’t magically fix these problems. The cost to fix these problems will increase the longer you wait to fix the foundation.

Foundation collapse

This is really a worst-case scenario, and yes, the foundation isn’t going to collapse soon after spotting a tiny crack, however over time as the cracks grow and become more numerous, it is a very real possibility that the foundation can collapse and the house can sink right along with it.

The bottom line is that, as a homeowner, you need to fix any foundation problem that occurs. It will only get worse over time and the repairs will only become more costly the longer you avoid it. Even if you’re planning to sell your house, don’t think that it won’t be your problem anymore. You’re going to have a very hard time selling a house that has major foundation problems. Once a home inspector comes in and alerts prospective buyers to the foundation problems, those buyers will probably disappear. It’s best to be proactive and take care of foundation problems as soon as possible.