You might know already that you need to have the foundation of your home repaired or basement waterproofed in some way or form. Or perhaps you suspect a problem and you just want to figure out when the best time to address it would be. Or you might even be buying a home and suspect there’s a foundation issue that needs to be repaired soon. In any of these cases you might wonder: What is the best time of year for foundation repair?
Consider Winter Foundation Repair
Winter, or from about mid-December to March on the calendar, the ground is considerably colder than it is during other months. This colder weather makes your foundation a bit more stable and makes it a bit easier to monitor damage.
Some experts would say this is the right time to repair your foundation. You have stable soil, the damage isn’t worsening, and you can cut down on the cost by fixing cracks. But it also means that you might have to postpone vacation plans, or have your holidays interrupted with home repairs. That tends to be a deterrent to many people.
Specifically for us at KC Pier – www.kcpier.com, the winter tends be the best time for foundation repair from a timing perspective. You are less likely to be awaiting 4-6 weeks on the project calendar in the Winter which is good for some homeowners.
Heavy spring rains, from April to early June, tends to cause new cracks and make existing cracks “weep.” Any cracks should probably be monitored weekly at this point.
Some foundation specialists would say that this is when you should have a foundation repair company out to assess the damage and make repairs. Damage from foundation problems tends to be rather obvious during this time, and it’s often when most people do their “spring cleaning” check of the foundation and discover problems or damage. That makes it a popular time of year.
The Real Answer is Now
You can listen to any expert you want, but the truth is, the best time to repair your foundation is right now. If you have foundation problems, damage, or even suspect that there’s an issue, now is the time to look into getting it resolved.
Waiting for a certain time of year, or specific conditions to be met, only allows the problem to grow worse. It’s also important to remember that since you are not an expert yourself, what looks to be a minor situation to you could be a much bigger and potentially catastrophic problem if it’s left unchecked.
Additionally, the longer you wait, the worse the damage becomes. As the damage worsens, this also increases the amount you could pay for repairs, the length of time it takes to repair the damage and could even make it unsafe for you to live in your home.
If you notice signs of a foundation issue, contact KC Pier today. Look for signs such as:
- Hairline fractures or cracks
- Sloping, sagging, or buckling of foundation floors
- Ruptures or gaps
- Flaking or crumbling
- Water damage and soil shifting (ex.: soil that is unusually wet when it’s dry, or vice versa)
- Sagging floors
- Warped ceilings
- Cracked, crumbling, or buckling walls, pillars, joints, molding or chimneys
- Improperly fitting doors and windows
About KC Pier – Foundation Repair Experts in Kansas City
KC Pier – Foundation Experts provide foundation repair and basement waterproofing in Kansas City and the surrounding metro area. KC Pier specializes in pier installation to correct foundation settlement, waterproofing leaking basements , straightening or stabilizing bowing walls and correcting poor drainage, foundation piers , wall piering and ibeam support solutions. Office – KS 913.777.4379 // MO 816.974.7437