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What happens to your foundation when it rains a lot?

clock June 14, 2018 12:52 by author
When it rains, the first things you might worry about are a leaking roof or pooling water in your yard. But there is a much more serious problem that can occur when it rains a lot: foundation problems. Here is what to look for.

Rain can cause a lot of problems, but you definitely need to pay attention to your foundation when it rains.

When it rains, the first things you might worry about are a leaking roof or pooling water in your yard. But there is a much more serious problem that can occur when it rains a lot: foundation problems. Here is what to look for. 

New cracks may form in your foundation walls

Not all cracks in your foundation are major problems, but even minor cracks can turn into larger problems if not kept in check. Cracks that are less than an eighth of an inch are pretty common to see. If you notice new cracks or changes in existing cracks in your foundation walls or floors, or even in drywall and ceilings in your home, it may be an indicator of soil changes due to heavy rains. These problems can get worse fast, so if you are experiencing heavy rains in your area keep cracks on your radar and have changes inspected by a foundation repair professional. 

Major changes can happen fast in the form of foundation settlement or bowing walls

Soil expands and contracts based on the weather conditions. Right now in our home area of Kansas City, it has been really dry. This causes the soil to contract away from the foundation. But if we get a heavy rain it will change everything very fast. Water will go right to those areas where the soil has contracted, and the wet soil will expand, putting pressure on foundation walls causing them to bow in and crack and even fail. If it is really dry and you have a sudden, heavy rain, check your foundation walls in your basement or crawl space for leaks. If you notice musty odors or dampness make sure to contact a contractor for help because there may be water coming in from places you aren't seeing. 

Luckily our network of contractors knows that foundation repair and waterproofing go hand in hand. Many of our contractors can resolve issues with water in your basement or crawl space as well as repair bowing walls and foundation settlement. To learn more call us today. We will find you a contractor in your local area to help you out!



How to Know You've Found the Right Foundation Repair Company

clock June 6, 2018 12:05 by author

Whenever you have a big problem with your home, whether it be your roof, HVAC, or areas in our realm such as waterproofing or foundation repair, it's hard to tell when you might be taken for a ride. How do you know you have found a GOOD foundation repair company? How do you know you are looking for a good foundation repair contractor? We have some tips for you and questions to ask that might help narrow the field.

Years in business or years of relevant experience in the industry. You want to know that the people you are working on have experience. Obviously, if someone has been in the industry longer will know more about diagnosing your problem. Consider years of combined experience as well. 

Can you find good reviews and testimonials about the foundation repair company you are looking at? Reputation means a lot. If others had a good experience your chances are better of having a good experience. 

Is the foundation repair company you are looking at licensed and insured? Ask right away for the contractor's license and insurance information before you get too far into the process. If something happens to your home you want to make sure you are protected. You can ask for a certificate of insurance from the contractor's insurance provider. 

Does the foundation repair company offer a warranty? For foundation and waterproofing products that will be installed in your home, you want to know that the foundation repair company will back it up with a warranty. Good companies like ECP will stand behind their products with a solid warranty.

Cost and Time involved in your foundation repair or waterproofing project should be taken into account. While the best foundation repair company might not be the cheapest, they should be honest about their cost. Also, knowing the time and even the extent of the work that will be done are big factors.

Clean up is an important part of any job. Make sure that the foundation repair company you work with is willing to leave your property the way that they found it when they leave. 

Our foundation repair contractors fit the bill with all the items above. ECP has a careful screening process and only works with the best of the best when it comes to foundation repair companies. Call us today to get matched with the right one for your job. 



3 Things You Might Not Consider a Foundation Problem

clock May 23, 2018 08:32 by author
There are the foundation problems you know to look for, such as foundation cracks and foundation settlement. But are there foundation problems you might not be aware of that are a bit more obscure that you might be missing when you inspect your foundation?

There are more obscure problems you might not associate with your foundation.

There are the obvious problems that would indicate you might have an issue with your foundation. But are there things that might be going on around your home that you wouldn't normally associate with foundation problems? We know a few examples and we want you to watch out for them!

1. Cracks in your driveway. Driveways are usually poured in a way that water flows away from your foundation. If the driveway is cracked water may flow in ways it was not designed to. If water can flow back towards you home due to cracking or sinking of your driveway it can cause a build up of water around your foundation called hydrostatic pressure. This can make foundation walls bow and lean from the pressure. 

2. Countertops pulling away from the walls in your kitchen and bathrooms. Many people just associate this with their home getting older or the weight of the countertop possibly causing the caulk to crack. This might not be the case. When the soils beneath your home shift and move, or when foundation settlement occurs this can be a indicator of a much bigger issue. Be aware of this symptom, especially if you see it in conjunction with other problems such as wall cracks, drywall cracks, or doors and windows that stick. 

3. Musty odors in your basement or crawlspace. High humidity or foul odors that seem to come from basements or crawlspaces should raise an alarm for homeowners. Typically this means water is present somewhere. This may indicated that you have cracks in your foundation or seepage that could be occurring. For many jobs that our contractors do, waterproofing is just as necessary as the foundation repairs they do. Dehumidifcation can help as well. It's important to note changes in the way your basement or crawlspace smells because other problems that occur are wood rot, bug infestations, and mold. All of these things could severely affect the health of your family, as well as be a sign of foundation problems. 

So look for the obvious signs of foundation problems of course, but also be vigilant for other issues that you might not associate with foundation problems and get an inspection when you can. Our network of contractors can help you determine the severity of the issues you are having and find a foundation repair and/or waterproofing solution just for you. 



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