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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.

March 31st, 2019

Posted In: Basement Waterproofing

Winter Foundation Repair Tips from Norris Foundation RepairThe 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.

Foundation Cracks

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.

Frozen Discharge Line

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.

Excessive Moisture

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.

December 1st, 2016

Posted In: Basement Waterproofing, Foundation Piers, Foundation Repair

Common Signs of Foundation Problems from Norris Foundation RepairThere 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.

Cracks in the Foundation & Dry Wall

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.

Doors & Windows are Sticking

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 is Leaking Into the Basement

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.

John Norris Foundation Repair Is Your Kansas City Foundation Repair Expert

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.

July 12th, 2016

Posted In: Basement Waterproofing, Foundation Repair