We often think of summertime as being a hot and dry time of the year. When a storm hits the Kansas City area in the months of July, August and September they can bring a lot of rain. Some storms might provide a half an inch others can provide several inches of rain per hour.
When the soil is dry, a lot of rain often times runs off instead of soaking into the soil easily. All that rainwater has to go somewhere, unfortunately, the clay soil in the KC is horrible for drainage. This can wreak havoc on a basement foundation.
The water takes the path of least resistance. Until it reaches clay soil. The water can get stuck in the soil. This can lead to what is called hydrostatic pressure. Hydrostatic pressure is defined as the pressure exerted by a fluid at equilibrium at a given point within the fluid, due to the force of gravity. It increases in proportion to depth measured from the surface because of the increasing weight of fluid exerting downward force from above.
If the soil around your basement is saturated with water, there could be up to tens of thousands of pounds of hydrostatic pressure. This is going to one of two things to your foundation walls.
When a foundation wall begins to buckle, bow or tilt inward hydrostatic pressure is often to blame. I-Beam repair is a solution that not only straightens a wall, but it also provides added support. Homeowners can find several benefits to bowing wall repair and wall bracing.
If you have experienced water in your basement during the heavy rainstorms this summer, contact Norris Foundation Repair for a free estimate. We will send one of our expert foundation repair technicians to your home. We will provide you a solution to fix the problem your house is experiencing.
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Dirk Oberzan July 28th, 2020
Posted In: Wall Straightening