Today, thanks to popular TV shows and sites like YouTube that are chock full of DIY videos, more homeowners than ever are tackling home improvement projects themselves. Some do it because they want to save money, while others just like the idea – or perhaps the challenge – of doing it themselves. There’s certainly nothing wrong with this. Painting walls, installing a new kitchen floor, or a complete bathroom remodel can be a rewarding experience that brings a couple – or even an entire family – together.  Most DIY home improvement projects can be successfully completed after doing a little research and gathering supplies from your local hardware store.

This is not the case with foundation repair.
Foundation repair is complex and competency requires years of on-the-job experience. Yes, there are some repairs homeowners can successfully do themselves. Crack repair using either crack injection epoxy, or carbon fiber reinforcement is one such example. However, correcting foundation settlement via underpinning or performing other repairs to lift, level, and stabilize a foundation are not DIY projects. 
If a DIY project isn’t successful, a professional foundation repair contractor will need to not only perform the original repair, but perhaps repair any damage caused by the DIY attempt as well. 
Of course, when you hire a reputable, established foundation repair contractor, you get a warranty on the repair. When you DIY, there is no warranty.  This can sometimes be a deal breaker when it comes to a real estate transaction.

The 3 DIY Foundation Repairs Most Likely To Go Wrong

Over the years we’ve been called to intervene and repair many DIY projects gone wrong. Three common DIY foundation repairs that fail are…
Carpentry lift – Carpentry lift involves lifting the home off the foundation and then using lumber that has been shaped into giant wedges or shims to relevel the home. This might level the home temporarily. However, it’s not a permanent solution because it doesn’t address the problem related to the soil, which is usually why the foundation settled to begin with.
Self-leveling compound – Floating a self-leveling compound over the subfloor to make it more level is a DIY foundation repair commonly done prior to installing new flooring, which needs a level plane.  This is a quick, cheap cosmetic fix that not only doesn’t address the real problem, but could even make it worse because self-leveling compound just adds more weight to a slab that’s probably already too heavy for the soil under it.
Concrete haunches – This, like spreading self-leveling compound over a subfloor, does nothing except add more concrete to the foundation. Adding additional weight to problem soils means the foundation will settle even faster. That’s the opposite of what you want.

Think Carefully Before Attempting A DIY Foundation Repair. 

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