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The soils in Kansas City are tough on homes and many homeowners will have foundation problems at some point. Cracks in the walls, and doors and windows that stick shut and un-level floors are all common signs of settlement problems. If you start to notice these issues in your home, it is important to have a professional inspect your foundation. Wall cracks left alone will continue to get worse which can lead to expensive repairs. Taking care of these issues sooner rather than later will save you money.

If you find yourself in need of foundation repair, follow these quick tips. Find a reputable company that is customer oriented and uses a quality pier system. If you know nothing about foundation piers, research them online. Also, ask about product warranties. There are several different types of piers and many will not fix the structure of your home permanently. The pier system is going to protect your home, so it is important that they are quality piers.

At Norris Foundation Repair, we use DynaPier® foundation piers to repair home foundations. The reasons are simple, the DynaPier® has several distinct advantages over the competition. The DynaPier® was built to last and provides superior strength other piers can not match.

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Benefits of the DynaPier®

For example, the DynaPier® is one of the only piers on the market that is constructed of both concrete and steel. It uses the strength of both to permanently support your home. Second, it is installed directly beneath the footing, which means that the foundation will not be weakened by drilling into it. Several companies drill holes into the footing which can compromise the structural integrity of the footing.

Another huge benefit is that the DynaPier® is pressed all the way to bedrock or hard strata, until it reaches the point of resistance. This means that the pier is pressed until it can’t be pushed any further. Most other companies use piers that rely on the friction from the soil to hold them in place. When the soil shrinks and expands due to weather conditions these piers settle and so does the house they’re supposed to be holding up.

It’s easy to see why our piering system is superior to our competition. If your foundation shows signs of settling, like cracks in the walls and ceilings, doors and windows that stick or unlevel floors. Give us a call.

March 21st, 2017

Posted In: DynaPier, Foundation Piers, Foundation Repair

How To Tell If Your Home Needs Foundation RepairThere are several types of home foundations, poured concrete, cinder block, slab, etc. In Kansas and Missouri, most home foundations are made up of concrete poured over steel rebar to form a slab. The steel is in place to keep the concrete from moving and to assist in holding it together. The combination of steel and concrete forms a strong foundation. But, as most Kansas and Missouri homeowners know, the soils here can wreak havoc on the structure of a house. A little foundation settlement is normal in a home, so how do you know if you need to have your foundation professionally repaired?

First let’s recap the common signs of a failing foundation. Cracks in the drywall, exterior walls or ceiling, doors and windows that stick shut, and uneven floors. These are the major signs that you should have your foundation inspected. However, don’t panic just yet, your home might be ok.

Pay Attention to the Details

Be sure to keep an eye on your home and take note of any sudden changes. If you have the same hairline crack in your drywall or ceiling that has been there for 10 years with no change, your home likely has minor settlement issues that don’t require immediate action. However if that same crack started at six inches and grew to larger than two feet in only a few months, it is time to have it evaluated by a professional before it gets worse.

Some doors and windows will stick slightly depending on the season as the soil shrinks and expands with the weather. But if a door or window in your house will no longer open or close, it is a good idea to call and have your foundation evaluated.

Call us to schedule an appointment

January 30th, 2017

Posted In: Foundation Piers, Foundation Repair

Winter Foundation Repair Tips from Norris Foundation RepairThe Winter Season is closing in and the change in weather conditions can effect a home foundation. In Kansas City, the cold winters can cause structural problems. We created a list of things to lookout 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

Questions To Ask Your Foundation Repair CompanyMost homeowners will likely need foundation repair at some point. But most homeowners do not know much about foundation repair until they need it. There are many foundation repair companies, but not all offer great service. Since you will be repairing your home, which is your biggest investment, it is important to make the right decision. At Norris Foundation Repair, we put together a quick list of questions for you to ask when speaking with a repair company.

Questions for the Company

Here are a few things you will want to find out about the repair company. How long have they been in business? What pier system do they use? What are the benefits of the pier? Do they offer a warranty on your piers? What nullifies the warranty? It is important to ask about their warranty, because so many companies will claim to offer a lifetime warranty but when it comes times for warranty work, they will find some reason not to honor their warranty.

If you are in need of foundation repair, be sure to find out this information and you will be able to find a quality company to repair your home.

Please contact us for a free estimate

November 3rd, 2016

Posted In: Foundation Piers, Foundation Repair

The tough Kansas and Missouri soils can cause problems for home foundations. The soil combined with the climate can cause foundations to crack and settle over time. At Norris Foundation Repair, we use DynaPier® foundation piers to repair home foundations. The DynaPier® has several distinct advantages over the competition that they just can’t match. The DynaPier® works no matter how tough the soil is.

For homeowners that need foundation repair it is important to learn about the foundation repair company that you want to hire, as well as the types of piers the company uses. After all, these piers are going to protect your biggest investment.

DynaPier Foundation System Comparison

 

Advantages of the DynaPier®

For example, the DynaPier® is one of the only piers on the market that is constructed of both concrete and steel. It uses the strength of both to create a super pier. Second, it is installed directly beneath the foundation. This means that the foundation will not be weakened by drilling into it. Several companies drill holes into the footing which can compromise the structural integrity of the footing.

Another huge benefit is that the DynaPier® is pressed all the way to bedrock or hard strata, once it reaches the point of resistance. This means that the pier is pressed until it can’t be pushed any further. Most other companies use piers that rely on the friction from the soil to hold them in place. When the soil shrinks and expands due to weather conditions these piers settle and so does the house they’re supposed to be holding up.

It’s easy to see why our piering system is superior to our competition. If your foundation shows signs of settling, like cracks in the walls and ceilings, doors and windows that stick or unlevel floors. Give us a call.

Call us for a free home estimate.

August 15th, 2016

Posted In: DynaPier, Foundation Piers, Foundation Repair