The Winter Season is closing in and the change in weather conditions can affect a home foundation. In Kansas City, the cold winters can cause structural problems. We created a list of things to look out for.
Small hairline cracks in your home’s foundation are a common occurrence in most homes. However, the freezing weather that occurs in the winter can accelerate these cracks. If there is too much moisture in the ground, it can freeze and expand, which can add pressure to your foundation walls. Excessive pressure can cause cracks to form and expand, which weakens the structural integrity and can lead to water leaks.
In homes with a sump pump, you should check your discharge line often to be sure the line is not frozen. Sump pumps are vital to ensuring your crawl space or basement doesn’t flood. The discharge line pumps the excess water to away from your home. But if the line freezes, the water is forced back into the home. Be sure the line is sloped away from the house so that water will not pool near the base of your home. This will also help the line to not freeze.
In areas that receive a lot of snow, sometimes issues will not occur until the snow melts. Once the snow melts, the excess water built up in the soil can seep into the basement. If you notice any signs of foundation problems or have water leaking into your basement or crawl space, call Norris Foundation Repair.
Dirk Oberzan December 1st, 2016
There are several warning signs that your home might need foundation repair. It’s important to pay attention to your home and watch for anything unusual. These are a few signs that every homeowner should know about.
At Norris Foundation Repair, we get a lot of phone calls for cracks in the foundation walls, cracks in the drywall and ceilings, as well as cracks on the exterior walls of the home. Cracks typically mean that the house has settled in some areas causing part of the home to shift or sink. This unbalance causes the foundation to separate and crack, and as a result, the walls will start to crack.
Another very common issue is when doors and windows begin to stick and become difficult to open and close. This is another sign that the home has settled and most likely the home will need some foundation piers to level and fix the problem. As a homeowner, it is important to do some research on the different types of pier systems that each foundation repair company uses. Read about the DynaPier® compared to other common pier systems.
Water leaking in the basement is another common problem that we can fix quickly. Water can get in a number of ways including, leaking over the top of the foundation, leaking floor cracks, seeping between the basement wall and floor, leaking wall cracks and windows. We find the source of the water leak and fix it fast. It’s important to take care of it sooner rather than later so that there is no major water damage to the home.
If you see signs that your home may need repairs, call us and we will come to do a free home estimate. It’s important to remember that proactive foundation repair is much less expensive than reactive. Often times homeowners can save themselves a lot of money by fixing the issue early rather than waiting too long for it to get worse. So call us today for a free home estimate.
Dirk Oberzan July 12th, 2016