The foundation holds the weight of your entire home, but over time, the stresses of changing weather and soil conditions can weaken it. This makes your foundation susceptible to rain and extreme weather, which can then lead to settling and other damage.
The signs of foundation problems may start out small, but if you don’t notice them early, they will only get worse. Once a home’s foundation is damaged, it can be more difficult and expensive to repair.
Give yourself an advantage by finding and fixing foundation problems before they get worse. Here are 4 clues that your home might need foundation repair. It just takes a few minutes, so get up right now and I’ll show you what to look for.
Walk through your home and look at your walls and ceilings. Pay close attention to all the corners and seams. Do you see any cracks or gaps? Do any walls or corners look uneven? If so, it may mean your foundation is settling or damaged.
Walk through each room, and open and shut all the doors and windows. Often these give us the first signs of underlying damage. Are any windows difficult to slide open or shut? Do any of the doors stick, or not fit perfectly into the jambs? If you see any of these problems, it might indicate your foundation is settling.
Walk around outside and inspect the exterior of your home. Do you see any cracks in the stucco? Are there breaks in the seams in the mortar of bricks? Do you notice any cracks in the foundation between the ground and your siding? Are there any places where your foundation seems to be damaged or deteriorating? Any of these clues might indicate your foundation is settling. Also, take a look at your yard. Does the slope and grading of your yard cause the water to run toward your home’s foundation? If so, your home could be more susceptible to water, which often leads to foundation damage.
Finally, take a look at your floors. Do any of them seem to be uneven or sloping? It may mean there is a bigger problem underneath the flooring. Also, go downstairs to your basement and look at all the foundation walls. Do you see any damage, cracks, or places where the foundation seems to be deteriorating?
Did you notice any red flags during your self-inspection? Perhaps you saw something unusual, but aren’t sure whether it’s a problem or something to worry about.
When you want to know for sure what’s going on with your foundation, contact us to schedule an inspection. The professionals at KC Waterproofing and Foundation Repair will determine if the red flags you noticed really are a problem and if so, we’ll tell you what it takes to fix it. We have experienced foundation repair teams with all the tools, training, and expertise to return your home to ideal conditions quickly and conveniently.
It’s an honest question.’ Can you save some money and get away without a foundation repair?’ You know you may need to fix your foundation, but you’d rather not unless you have to.’ We here at KC Waterproofing and Foundation Repair understand, and we’re here to help.
While it may seem like you don’t need to fix your foundation yet, there are a few things you want to consider.’ If you notice cracks in the foundation itself, ill-fitting windows and doors, or slightly uneven walls, it means your foundation is settling.’ While it may not seem like a big deal yet, it’s not going to stop unless you act on it.’ Untreated, it may lead to more severe damage to your home. The minor issues you see now may turn into major ones, and you’ll be left wishing you’d taken action sooner.
Everyone wants money, but if you don’t fix your foundation early, it may mean that you have to spend a lot more money later.’ By taking preventive action (such as concrete leveling or mudjacking) as soon as possible to prevent further damage, you will have to spend a little bit of money now, but it may also save you from having to spend a lot more later.’ It will be better for you to fix your foundation early rather than let it continue to settle in the long run.
What are the best foundation repair methods? Are certain methods better than others? Is it possible for me to repair my foundation on my own?
Foundation repair methods can be very different, and all are not created equal! KC Waterproofing and Foundation Repair uses only the best, most advanced, and most reliable repair methods available and combines those methods with the best equipment and materials on the market today.
KC Waterproofing and Foundation Repair use proven, patented systems and foundation repair materials, including piles made of American steel to repair foundations. Using either driven or helical piles, KC Waterproofing and Foundation Repair drive or torques them deep into the earth, ensuring increased strength, improved resilience, and a more stable foundation. Each of these piles is driven to a different depth to ensure optimum support and surrounded by guide sleeves for increased strength to provide a repair that lasts.
Whether KC Waterproofing and Foundation Repair use driven or helical piles, you will get quality work with the best American-made materials. All piles are secured to the foundation using an advanced steelhead and tested to ensure they can withstand the pressure that far outweighs that of the foundation they are being used to support.
Some companies like to cut costs and corners with inferior repair methods and inferior foundation repair materials. While these methods may cost less and look okay immediately after being finished, they are less than optimal, often requiring further repairs.
Concrete press piles are used by many companies. This foundation repair method pushes pre-fabricated concrete columns into the ground under the foundation. This provides a quick and cheap fix, but doesn’t provide the support of helical piles or driven piles and is subject to shifting. Other companies use concrete piers, pouring concrete into holes in the ground. The problem with this method is that it fails to reach supportive depths.
KC Waterproofing and Foundation Repair Is ready and waiting to answer any and all of your foundation repair questions.’ If you’re wondering if you need to fix your foundation, we’d love to chat with you.’ We can even set up an inspection at no obligation to you.’ We’ll even let you know if you don’t need to fix your foundation.
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