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We are fortunate in Kansas City that we get to have all seasons of the year. Some parts of the country go straight from summer to winter and never get to experience the nicer weather. Residents of KC get to enjoy spring and fall activities. We also get to experience all different types of weather. Did you know the different types of weather can cause foundation problems in your home?

Weather Conditions and the SoilKansas City Home Foundation Soil Problems

The foundation of your home is underground. In Kansas City, we have expansive clay soils. Our clay soil can cause several issues from cracks in foundation walls to foundation failure. The reason for this is due to our climate.

In the spring the rain causes the clay soil around the home to expand. Once the summer comes around, we typically have a drier season. The dry climate or drought will cause the soil to contract or shrink. Once the soil shrinks, that is when we find voids under home foundations.

Can Concrete Move Due to Weather?

Concrete can expand and contract similar to soil. The changing temperatures can lead to cracks. This past winter, the concrete in your foundation contracted with the colder weather. Now that it is getting warmer home foundation walls will begin to expand. Over time, this can lead to the cracks in foundation walls to grow.

Extremely hot temperatures can also cause the moisture around your home to evaporate. This causes weak points to the foundation walls. When the soil dries out, the foundation can settle, causing more cracks.

When it rains, water will find the path of least resistance. If your foundation walls have cracks in them, the water will flow into your home.

Foundation Problems to Look For:

  • Cracks in the walls
  • Doors and windows that stick or seem hard to open or close
  • Gaps around doors and windows
  • Large cracks in the soil around the exterior of your home
  • Sagging roof

If you have noticed any of these issues contact Norris Foundation Repair. We will schedule a free estimate and send an experienced technician to your home. From there, we will come up with recommendations to repair your foundation issues around your home.

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May 27th, 2020

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