Kansas City has found itself in the middle of a dry spell. When this happens, one of the first things a homeowner might notice is how big the cracks in their yard are. Sometimes those cracks can be small. Other times they can be big enough to lose some pocket change in them.
Bigger cracks can wreak havoc on a home foundation. In Kansas City, we have expansive clay soil. When a drought happens the soil starts to shrink. The cracks that can be seen in a yard is nothing compared to what is going on under the footing of a foundation.
Imagine having a large sponge under your house. When the moisture dries out from under a foundation, it will try to absorb moisture from proximity. That is when problems occur including the need for foundation repair.
During the drought season, it is important to inspect the interior and exterior walls. If a crack starts to form that can lead to big problems. A crack in a wall could lead to doors and windows not opening or closing all the way or having large cracks in your sheetrock.
During the dry season, it is recommended to walk the exterior and interior and look for cracks around the house. Make sure debris is cleared from downspouts and clean out your gutters. Cracks can also lead to water in your basement during heavy rainstorms. The water can overflow from your gutters and go directly into your basement.
Large cracks will allow air to reach deeper into the ground, thus drying out the soil under your property even more. When it does rain, that can cause damage to the interior of the house.
It is important to water the foundation of your home during the dry season. An irrigation system or a soaker hose can help provide moisture to the soil around your foundation walls.
If you have noticed cracks in your foundation walls, it is best to act sooner than later. By putting off the issue will only cause your foundation problems to grow. Contact Norris Foundation Repair for a free estimate. For additional information, visit and like us on Facebook.
Dirk Oberzan June 29th, 2020
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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?
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.
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.
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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Dirk Oberzan May 27th, 2020
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At John Norris Foundation Repair, our primary concern has always been and will continue to be the health and safety of our homeowners, employees and the real estate agents that we work with.
In light of the recent announcement by the state of Kansas and the Kansas City metro area, we are adhering to the state and local government’s definition of “essential businesses” which includes businesses that are “providing or maintaining infrastructure, such as the construction of public works, housing and other infrastructure that supports critical needs…”
We are still serving our customers, but we have been taking extra precautions. Our team is here to serve you – providing free estimates and continuing projects to provide the best service to our customers. During this time we are following the latest safety procedures to minimize exposure and will be customizing your experience to limit the exposure and spread of COVID-19.
To protect the safety of our team, we ask if you or anyone you’ve come in contact with is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact us so that we can reschedule your appointment to a later date. We are actively monitoring the situation and we will adjust and communicate with you as things change. We appreciate you trusting us and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
John Norris Foundation Repair is continuing to operate under our normal business hours to meet all your foundation, waterproofing, bowing wall and wall crack repair needs. As we all deal with preventing the spread of the Coronavirus, we want you to know what steps we are taking to ensure our office and staff remain healthy and safe.
We are taking recommendations from the CDC in implementing the following protocols:
Our appointments allow for homeowners to practice social distancing for inspections inside the home. For all outdoor inspections, the homeowner is not required to be outside with us.
Inspection reports can be discussed outdoors while maintaining social distancing.
Staff who typically interact with customers are required to follow hand-washing and hand sanitizing procedures put out by the CDC.
Anyone with fever or respiratory symptoms contact us to reschedule their appointment for a later date.
John Norris Foundation Repair will continue to monitor the situation and make changes based on CDC and government recommendations. We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we work together to ensure continued safety for all of us.
To schedule or reschedule an appointment, please call us at (913) 897-4333.
Dirk Oberzan April 19th, 2020
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Living in Kansas City means residents are very familiar with frigid temperatures in the winter months. The cold weather not only affects all of us from in forms of cold, stiff joints, sickness but did you know, it also impacts home foundations? The more familiar you are with some common issues, the better you will be at preventing foundation problems.
A frost heave is where the frigid temperatures push your home foundation up. This can lead to structural damage to your property. How does this happen? The soil around your foundation freezes and expands. The expansion in the soil can push your foundation upwards. This can lead to cracks in your foundation, walls, floors, ceilings and other areas of your home.
Many homeowners that have basements also have sump pumps installed. In the winter months, the discharge line can freeze. If this happens, the line can break which can push water back into your house. Once this happens, your basement can begin to flood. If you experience this issue, it is best to have an experienced company evaluate your lines to ensure the lines are angled properly.
After a snowstorm, homeowners may notice water coming into their home. This happens due to the frost heave causing cracks. Once a crack is formed and snow begins to melt, the homeowner may notice a little or a lot of water in their house. If you notice any of the following please contact us to inspect your basement or crawl spaces.
The best offense against cold weather prevention is a good defense. It’s critical to insulate your home so heat isn’t escaping. If you notice any small cracks, it is important to contact John Norris Foundation Repair. We will schedule a free estimate and send an experienced foundation repair technician to your home. From there, we will come up with recommendations to repair your foundation issues around your home.
Dirk Oberzan January 12th, 2020
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Most homeowners know that in time most driveways, walkways, patios and porches will settle, become uneven and crack. At Norris Foundation Repair, we want to inform homeowners of some of the causes of settlement and when to repair it. Most concrete slabs can be repaired with mudjacking.
What causes concrete slabs to settle? Much of this is due to weather conditions that can cause settling and shifting of the ground underneath concrete slabs. Water can wash away the dirt around your driveway, sidewalk or porch causing voids underneath the concrete slabs. These voids will cause the slabs to settle and crack. When this happens, it hurts your property value and can cause trip hazards. Also, uneven concrete slabs can be tough to maneuver in the winter with snow and ice. Norris Foundation Repair can repair the issues that exist on your property related to the cracking or other damage to concrete slabs.
Replacing a driveway is very expensive. Just because there are a few cracks in the driveway that doesn’t mean you need to pour a new one. Most likely it can be repaired with mudjacking. A huge benefit of mudjacking is the cost. It is far less expensive to repair damaged concrete than to rip it out and install new slabs. But how do you know when to mudjack and when to pour new concrete slabs? It is important to have a professional evaluate your property and inform you of the best repair solution. Most likely you can save your current concrete slabs and repair them. Repairing damaged concrete slabs will save you a lot of money.
Dirk Oberzan September 27th, 2016
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