Got Earthquake Damage? Why You Need To Take Care Of The Repairs Right Away

by Grace Motley

If you've recently endured a significant earthquake, schedule a foundation inspection right away. If you can't see any visible signs of earthquake damage, you might not think you need the inspection, but that's not the case. Some earthquake damage isn't visible to the naked eye, especially where the foundation is concerned. If you're looking for cracks in the driveway or sidewalks, you're missing the areas that are covered by flooring. You may also be missing the cracks that have formed on the underside of the concrete. To find the hidden damage, you need to schedule a foundation inspection. If the foundation inspection identifies earthquake damage, you need to have the foundation repaired immediately. If you're not sure you need repairs, read the information provided below. Here are just four of the reasons to take care of the earthquake damage to your foundation. 

Repair Initial Earthquake Damage

If your foundation sustained damage during the last earthquake, it's crucial that you take care of the repairs right away. Once your foundation has sustained earthquake damage, the problem will continue to worsen over time. Unfortunately, that damage can increase in severity until your walls are at risk for collapse. The best way to avoid that type of problem is to repair the initial earthquake damage. 

Reinforce Against Future Damage

If you don't live in earthquake country, you might think that's the only earthquake you'll ever endure. That might be the case. But, there's also a possibility that you'll experience at least one more earthquake. If you do live in earthquake country, you know that the risk for future earthquakes is very high. Residential foundation repairs will help to reinforce your home against future earthquake damage. 

Detect Potential Water Damage

If you've experienced a significant earthquake, your home may have sustained underground water pipe damage. If that's the case, your foundation is at risk for water damage. If your foundation also sustained cracks in the last earthquake, the water damage may be even more severe. Unfortunately, if you don't invest in a foundation inspection, you might not be able to identify the water pipe damage until it's too late. Luckily, a foundation inspection will identify those underground water pipe ruptures before your foundation suffers additional damage. 

Avoid Resell Issues Related to Damage

Finally, if you plan to sell your home in the future, make sure you repair the earthquake damage that your foundation sustained. When earthquake-related foundation damage is identified during a home inspection, it can put an end to the entire transaction. The best way to avoid problems with the sale of your home is to take care of the foundation repairs before they become an issue.