What’s the White Stuff on My Basement Walls?

09/19/2019

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What’s the White Stuff on My Basement Walls? The white, chalky, powdery stuff on your basement walls is efflorescence. It isn’t toxic, but it could be a sign of water problems. In French, the phrase means “to flower out,” and the white residue is known for its fluffy composition. How does efflorescence form? Efflorescence is…

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5 Reasons To Fix Your Foundation Now

09/16/2019

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5 Reasons To Fix Your Foundation Now There are some things in life you should wait for, foundation repair is not one of those. The best time to repair your foundation is now. Common signs your foundation needs help include leaning or bowing walls, water issues, doors or windows that stick or won’t close, sagging…

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Getting to the Root of Foundation Issues

08/20/2019

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Getting to the Root of Foundation Issues Majestic trees in your front yard may add beauty and shade to your property, but what’s going on beneath the surface? Are the root systems damaging your home’s foundation? Trees can bring many benefits to your property. They add to the curb appeal, and by providing shade, they…

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Rain Gutters: Foundation Help or Hurt?

07/30/2019

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Rain Gutters: Foundation Help or Hurt? Used correctly, rain gutters can help product your home’s foundation. However, poorly maintained or incorrectly directed, the gutter system can leave your home on unsettled ground. Water is a foundation’s biggest enemy. Your home’s gutter system is designed to capture water as it runs off your roof, either in…

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What are Basement Weep Holes?

07/10/2019

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What are Basement Weep Holes? Water enters a basement through cracks and crevices, so purposely drilling holes in your walls as a way to prevent water damage seems foolish. Yet that’s exactly what weep holes are designed to do. If your basement has a block foundation, weep holes can be a key element of waterproofing.…

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Flooding Along the Mississippi

05/15/2019

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Flooding Along the Mississippi If you live in the Midwest, it is likely you have heard about or even seen the flooding that has been taking place along the Mississippi River. Records for water levels have been broken and only recently have many areas seen any sort of relief. Even with flood walls along the…

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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

01/24/2019

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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes The winter season is in full force, and that means that your home is in danger of having problems if you are not prepared for cold weather. Your home needs care in cold weather too! In this article, we’ll be discussing some of the ways to prevent frozen pipes and…

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Water: Good for Us, Not Our Homes

09/26/2018

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Water: Good for Us, Not Our Homes By Don Carter, Engineer I assess damaged houses for a living, and I have concluded that if all homeowners were diligent about water management, I’d probably be out of work. Here is why: most Kansas City area homes are built on expansive clay soil. Clay is the stuff…

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Hurricane Florence and Your Building

09/12/2018

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Hurricane Florence and Your Building As of the writing of this blog, Hurricane Florence has not made landfall yet, but it is predicted to be a monster. If you are in the path of the hurricane, your time is running out to evacuate or to fortify your home or business. It has the potential of…

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Heavy Rain and How it Affects your Foundation

06/14/2018

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Heavy Rain and How it Affects your Foundation Heavy rain can cause a lot of problems for your foundation 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:…

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