Your dream home can quickly become a nightmare if you find flaws in its foundation. You need to act fast (and smart) to make it secure again. Develop a clear plan of action using the following tips.

Check Out the Concrete

Many homes are built on a concrete foundation. The curing process for concrete can actually result in little cracks as it settles. Larger cracks are of course a significant cause for concern. This may require a structural engineer’s involvement. Make sure the crack is dry before beginning any repairs. Epoxy injection is often the fix here. These kits contain an epoxy sealer and injection ports. When you’re done filling the crack simply allow it to dry and cut away the ports.

Invest in Soil Grouting

Soil grouting is a more organic method of stabilizing a home’s foundation. It works by rehabilitating the soil around the house. The soil is made denser and more resistant to run-off. It is packed more closely to the foundation as well. Good soil grouting should not require extensive tunneling underneath the building.

Make Sure Your Basement is Waterproof

Water can easily get into lower levels of the home. When it pools too much the foundation can rot. The basement is the first line of defense. Making it waterproof adds additional coverage. Dehumidifiers go a long way towards reducing a damp atmosphere. If the walls have wet streaks on them (or are completely saturated) there is a larger problem at hand. Follow the source: for example, does the leak originate from pipes or around windows? Avoid making any fixes if you’re dealing with actual standing water. This carries the risk of electric shock.

Examine the Extent of the Damage

Concrete cracks and water leakage are not the only signs of structural damage. Sticking windows and doors are another. It is easy to see if it’s a foundation issue rather than a moisture one. Use a level above the door or window frame. If it’s not level than the foundation might be settling. Dirt crawlspaces contribute to uneven floors and sinking floor joists.

Foundation concerns must be treated immediately. Otherwise they will get significantly worse over time. Not only is it a safety issue, extensive or ongoing repairs directly impact a home’s resale value. DIY fixes may serve as a band aid but calling a professional could heal the problem completely.