Top Home Repairs Around The Country and How To Protect Yours

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Need to Know from SafeWise
  • Foundation repairs were the most common in the Western U.S.
  • Homes in the Southeast saw crawlspace problems the most.
  • Flooding and other basement issues were prevalent in the Midwest, Northeast, and Southwest.
Damage in a crawlspace under a home before repair.

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There’s more to New Year’s resolutions than a better diet and a workout regimen. When Groundworks, a leading foundation and water management solutions company, reached out with its top home repairs from around the country for 2023, we knew it was time for some home safety resolutions as well.

To help you get started, we talked to Groundworks about its most common repairs from across the U.S. and compiled actionable tips to address these issues in your home. Here’s a look at these regional insights and what you can do for a safer and more resilient home in 2024.

The West: Foundation check-up

Internal foundation crack on a yellow wall.

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Most common repair Groundworks saw out West in 2023: Foundation repair.

Why it's important: A strong foundation is the backbone of your home's safety and stability. Ensuring that your home's foundation is in good condition can protect it from environmental damage, such as extreme weather conditions, and help maintain or increase your home's value. Early detection and prompt repair of foundation issues can prevent more costly problems down the road.

Tips to protect your home's foundation

  • Inspect your foundation: Look for signs of trouble, like wall and floor cracks, sagging or uneven floors, door jambs that don't close properly, and leaks.
  • Hire a professional: If you notice any of these issues, consult a foundation expert to assess the damage and recommend appropriate repairs.
  • Regular maintenance: Consider scheduling annual foundation inspections to catch problems early and ensure the long-term safety of your home.

The Southeast: Crawl space encapsulation

Crawlspace encapsulation - after repair.

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Most common repair Groundworks saw in the Southeast over 2023: Crawl space repair

Why it's important: The Southeastern region often faces high humidity levels and moisture-related issues. Crawl space encapsulation is crucial to prevent moisture-related problems, protect your foundation, and maintain your home's functionality.

Tips to protect your home's crawlspace

  • Moisture control: Invest in crawl space encapsulation to create a barrier against moisture. This process may involve installing a vapor barrier, dehumidifier, sump pump, or a combination of waterproofing systems.
  • Professional help: Consult experts to assess your crawl space's condition and recommend the appropriate moisture control measures.
  • Regular maintenance: Monitor your crawl space's moisture levels and ensure that your encapsulation system remains in good working order. This will help preserve your home's structural integrity.

Midwest, Northeast, and Southwest: Basement waterproofing

Basement with water

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Most common repair Groundworks provided in these regions over 2023: Basement waterproofing

Why it's important: Basements in these regions are susceptible to water damage from various sources, including heavy rains and flooding. Waterproofing your basement can safeguard your home against costly water-related repairs.

Tips to protect your home's basement

  • Interior drains: Consider the professional installation of interior drains to channel water away from your basement, preventing water damage.
  • Flood vents: Install flood vents to allow water to escape during floods, reducing the risk of structural damage.
  • Sump pump with backup battery: Invest in a reliable sump pump system with a backup battery to ensure that your basement remains dry even during power outages or emergencies.
  • Regular inspections: Schedule routine inspections of your waterproofing systems to identify and address any issues promptly.

Prioritizing home safety and maintenance is a valuable New Year's resolution that can enhance your family's well-being and save you from costly repairs down the road. By addressing specific regional concerns such as foundation issues, crawl space moisture, and basement waterproofing, you can enjoy a safer and more resilient home in the year ahead. Don't hesitate to call in the pros when needed, as experts can ensure that your home remains a secure and comfortable haven for you and your loved ones.

Rebecca Edwards
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Rebecca Edwards
Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past decade. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month poring over crime and safety reports and spotting trends. Her expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her expert advice and analysis in places like NPR, TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, HGTV, MSN, Reader's Digest, Real Simple, and an ever-growing library of podcast, radio and TV clips in the US and abroad.

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