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How to protect your home's foundation from melting snow

clock March 5, 2013 18:59 by author
Have a flooded basement due to wall cracks? Call a foundation expert to protect your foundation from melting snow.

Protect Your Home's Foundation From Melting Snow

 

The following has been reposted from http://www.kshb.com/dpp/weather/weather_news/snow-melt-could-cause-foundations-big-problems

 

 

OLATHE, Kan. - You may think your winter blues will go away after the sun melts off all the snow, but homeowners may find their problems are about to get bigger.

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Foundation repair companies said Tuesday they are bracing for an influx of emergency phone calls next week after the sun has melted all the snow on the ground.

They said the water runoff can seep through all of those cracks nature caused last summer during the drought. That water may find cracks in basement walls and leave many basements flooded. As the snow melts and the water finds these cracks in your foundation, the temperature may suddenly fall again causing the water in those cracks to freeze. This will cause the cracks in your foundation to grow even bigger. With the ground still frozen, the snow melts and water forms around the foundation.  Fixing your foundation problem as soon as you see it can help prevent permanant damage to your home. 

When moisture in the soil freezes after a snow melt then freeze, caused enormous pressure against your foundation walls. This causes existing cracks to become even larger. Foundation cracks caused by soil pressure are generally horizontal cracks or stair-step cracks. These cracks often get worse over time and require a professional to repair the foundation. These cracks will weaken the structural integrity of your home. 

Karri Johnson has already learned the hard way. The Olathe resident faces a $32,000 foundation repair bill. "Do not put it off. It will not repair itself," she said. "It will get worse. It won't go away."

 

Keep Foundation Problems at Bay

Repair companies suggest homeowners be proactive.

Here are some tips to keep foundation problems at bay:

  • Make sure gutters are clear of debris so water can drain through a downspout
  • Make sure downspouts drain at least 10 feet away from the house
  • Make sure sump pump drains at least 10 feet away from the house
  • Get a professional to install underground pipes to drain water away from the house
  • Have a professional fill basement cracks
  • Move trees at least 15 feet away from the house


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Keeping your Basement Dry as the Snow Melts

clock March 5, 2013 07:23 by author
An adequate waterproofing system will keep your basement dry as the snow melts.

Keeping Basement Dry During Thaw

After 18 months of severe drought in Kansas City we now have experienced two large snow storms and the moisture that galong with it.Keeping basement dry as the snow melts Homeowners across the metro area, especially Olathe, Overland Park and Leawood that recorded the highest snow totals, are facing the next issue of possbile basement flooding. While the possiblity of foundation repairs has not dissappeared most homeowners are going to be focused on basement flooding problems.

Is there anything you can do to stop your basement from leaking once all of the snow melts? Jeff Tully with My Foundation Repairs in Olathe says homeowners are in for some problems with the spring thaw, mostly because last summer's drought made deep cracks in the soil, allowing the water to get closer to the foundation. Because of the drought that we experienced, the soil beneath the foundation dried out losing cohesion and volume, and less able to support your home. Even when precipitation such as snow increases, the drought zapped the soil of moisture. This caused cracks to form in your foundation. As the thawing of snow happens, the cracks in the foundation take in water. 

If you basement has not been waterproofed, the winter months can be a problem. Because the ground is frozen, as the snow melts it accumulates near your home and seeps in through the cracked foundation caused by the severe drought. Then is the temperature suddenly drops, this water that has seeped into your foundation freezes, causing the cracks to grown even bigger. Calling the professionals at My Foundation Repair and Waterproofing can help you with your foundation repair and basement waterproofing needs.

Minimize the Snow Melt Impact

 
However, he says there are a few things that can still be done to minimize mother nature's impact.
"Getting the downspouts ten foot away from the house and getting the sub pump discharged ten foot away from the house will be the biggest thing and making sure that gutters are not clogged or blocked with ice," says Tulley.

Check that your sump pump hose does not have low spots where water can collect. The hose should flow away from your home freely. If it collects and freezes, your sump pump could stop working or even cause permanent damage to it. 

He says if your basement does start leaking it is always best to consult a professional.



Midwest Drought Continues in 2013

clock February 25, 2013 05:35 by author

 

Drought and Foundation Repair

The National Weather Service has predicted the two-year long drought will persist from Dallas, TX through Oklahoma City, OK and KansasFoundation repair, foundation settlement City. That means homeowners in Tulsa, Fort Worth, Wichita and other communities throughout the Midwest will have to keep an eye on their foundation in the coming months.

 

 Annual Weather Summary: November 2012 to October 2013

Winter temperatures will be higher than normal, on average, with precipitation and snowfall near normal in the east and below normal in the west. The coldest periods will be in late December, early January, and early and mid-February. The snowiest periods will be in mid- to late November, mid- to late December, early January, and early March.

April and May will have near-normal temperatures on average, with hot temperatures in late May.

Summer will be drier and slightly cooler than normal, on average, despite hot spells in late June, mid- and late July, and mid-

August.September and October will be slightly drier than normal, with near-normal temperatures.

But even with sufficient rain, Midwestern area homes are still extremely susceptible to foundation problems. Foundation damage is common in Plains because of an active zone of clay soil. This zone of clay acts like a sponge—swelling when wet, shrinking when dry. Foundation engineers know that these soil pressures can do major damage to your homes foundation.

The current drought has such a problem in the Midwest area that city and state officials in all areas have approved foundation watering to continue even though there are watering restrictions in place for many residents. Watering the foundation can help keep the moisture levels more consistent, especially on slab foundations. But since a homeowner is not able to measure soil contact under the slab, it’s still somewhat of a guessing game.

 If you do water, make sure there is no “ponding” of water near the foundation. The water should drain at least 10’ away from the foundation. If you are using drip irrigation or soaker hoses, the best method is to place them 3 to 4 feet away from your foundation and not directly next to the concrete. Gutters and downspouts should be maintained to keep water flowing away from the foundation.

Frankly, it looks like the drought conditions will persist. Your home will be stressed at its very base. You will notice the foundation settling and cracking while on the inside, drywall cracks and sticking windows will provide clues to foundation problems.

Most methods of foundation repair fail to provide long-term, permanent support for concrete slab foundations along with basement foundations. When you are in need of foundation repair, hire a professional foundation repair contractor. These contractors install only proven, reliable, and permanent methods to correct the problem. Steel push piers are engineered to provide the stability and strength to withstand the changing soil conditions under your home, while reaching down below the active clay soils. Helical piers are used both for underpinning foundations and as tiebacks for basement and retaining walls. Once again this method of foundation repair will restore the security of foundations in homes from Dallas to Kansas City.



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