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Dry Conditions Can Leave Homes On Unstable Foundations

clock January 31, 2014 05:47 by author
Dry soil conditions cause unstable foundations such as settlement and cracking. If you notice sticking doors and windows, contact My Foundation Repairs today.

Dry Soil Conditions Can Lead to Settlement

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Drought years lead to extra settling, cracks in walls

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —The dry weather conditions are causing serious problems with some homes in the Kansas City area.

 

Dry and clay soil gets even drier during droughts and the lack of moisture is causing an excess of problems.

 

"It was pretty obvious when someone walked into the room that there was a problem," said resident Cindy Geir."The door was just hard to open and close, and some of the windows wouldn't open anymore."

 

Small cracks and other problems inside the home can mean some major repairs outside.

 

The foundation in Cindy Geir's home sank up to three inches.

 

While it may seem like a small amount, the price tag for fixing the problem isn't.

 

"You're probably in the $5,000 range and up," said Mark Phillips of Arrow  Foundation Repair.

 

"Because the drought has really just continued," he said. "It's really been like this the last two years, just because we haven't had a lot of moisture, and that includes snow, so therefore, the ground is still pretty dry."

When it's this dry, soil pulls away from the foundation and causes the home to lose stability and sink.

 

While some experts recommend watering around the foundation to help prevent it from happening, it won't take care of all of the problems.

"It will alleviate and get the clay soils into a neutral mode, but inevitably, we're going to get into a drought again, and you're probably going to be right back to the same problem," said Phillips.

He said one thing people can do is keep their eyes open for cracked drywall or sticking doors and windows. Sometimes catching the problem early can mean saving a lot of money.

 

Arrow Foundation Repair said it usually sees about 100 repairs per year, but that number has risen over the past two years.







Check Your Foundation Before Winter

clock September 30, 2013 04:58 by author
Before winter arrives look for these signs of foundation failure: bowing walls, leaning walls, and garage cracks. Make the necessary repairs to avoid further damages.

With winter coming, it's a good idea to check if your foundation is in need of any repair. The soil beneath your home shrinks and swells throughout the cycles of wetness and dryness. This poses a threat to your home's foundation. When your home starts the settlement plunge, you will notice the joints and floorboards start to make mysterious noises and creaking. The severity of the settlement is based on different factors such as how well the house was designed and constructed, and how well the soil was compacted that your foundation was going to sit on. If too much soil was excavated for a basement or crawlspace, then backfill is needed which requires more attention during the construction period.

 

Several other factors can cause your home to settle. If your have trees close to your home, their roots search for water which can come from beneath your foundation causing the foundation to crack. The roots disrupt the soil compaction which leads to settlement. One of the first indicators of foundation settlement is wall cracks. If you suddenly notice several cracks that appear at the same time or small cracks that suddenly get larger, these are signs that you need to call a professional to take a look at your foundation.

 

Some more alarming indicators that your foundation is in need of repair are bowing walls, leaning walls, leaning chimneys, garage cracks, and sticking doors and windows. Any of these signs requires a thorough inspection of your foundation by a foundation repair professional. My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing has the experts that will inspect your home and suggest the best solution to any of your foundation repair problems.

 

Leaning walls can be taken care of by using minimal, non-evasive, cost efficient products to alleviate the pressure. Helical piers and steel piers are used to raise the home to its proper level. These piers are driven deep into the soil until they reach stable soil, then propped underneath your foundation. Helical piers are also used to repair a leaning chimney. These piers and be installed any time of year with little disruption to the surrounding area. Plate anchors may also be used to secure the walls that are bowing or leaning due to excessive soil pressure. Plate anchors consist of an inside wall plate and an outside anchor, then a rod is used tying them together. My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing uses products made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading manufacturer of foundation repair products in the industry.

 

Don't leave your foundation repair work to just anyone. My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing has the experts and use the best products available in the industry to repair your foundation. By checking your foundation before winter, and getting the experts out to inspect, this will save valuable time and money if these repairs are done sooner rather than later. Contact us today for any of your foundation repair needs. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and give you the best solution to your foundation repair problems.

Inside of House: Cracks in drywall, Doors and windows that stick, Misaligned doors and windows, Trim or molding misaligned



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