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March 31st, 2019

Posted In: Basement Waterproofing

Basement Flooding in Kansas City Area Homes

Recently, the Kansas City area has seen an influx of water coming from snowmelt and rain. Add to this the rising levels of the Missouri River and it makes for a perfect storm for water seeping or flooding into houses. The KC area has seen record-setting precipitation in the past six months. With all of that also comes the need to have basement waterproofing.

Rain can cause a lot of issues with water getting into a house in the Kansas City area. It is best to make sure your foundation walls are in good shape before significant rainfall.

8 Warning Signs Of Water In Your Basement

Flooded Basement in Kansas City

House fully flooded during the flooding of the Missouri River

  • Damp or wet carpet
  • Damp or wet drywall
  • Cracks in foundation walls
  • Cracks in the concrete floor
  • Windows that leak
  • Condensation on pipes or exposed beams
  • Efflorescence or salt deposits
  • Musty smell

What Causes Water In A Basement?

From Olathe to Shawnee on the Kansas side to Lees Summit to Blue Springs on the Missouri side, residents often ask; “What causes water to get inside my basement?” This question has several different factors.

A Clog in Your Footing Drain – Over time drains can get clogged with all kinds of debris. Typically a footing drain has a filter fabric that keeps large particles of debris out. Over time finer particles can work their way through the fabric and can clog the drain. Once this happens hydro-static pressure and builds up can lead to water issues.

Hydrostatic Pressure – We have all heard the saying “water travels in the path of least resistance.” In the case of hydrostatic pressure, the water weighs more than 60 lbs. per cubic foot. In the case of a major rainstorm, the soil could be saturated with water. In this case, a home’s foundation could have thousands of pounds of hydrostatic pressure building up against the foundation walls. At some point, the water will work its way into the foundation walls through cracks.

Soil Settlement Issues – When a foundation is originally being poured by the homebuilder, the over dig from the excavator can cause many problems with the concrete being poured. As the dirt is filled back in, it is often times not compacted. The soil can settle easily. As this happens the settlement can cause voids under the foundation walls. This can lead to cracks. Once that happens, water can find its way into the basement.

How To Get Water Out of a Leaky Basement?

When a rainstorm comes and you are dealing with the aftermath of standing water or basement flooding the best thing to do is to call John Norris Foundation Repair. We will come out and give a free estimate to all homeowners. During this time we will come up with a solution that will prevent this from happening in the future.

Basement Waterproofing

For a free estimate call us at (913)897-4333.  We will access your home. When we are finished with our free estimate we will detail how and where the water is coming into your home.