Expansive clay is the major cause of basement and foundation failure in the Gardner, Kansas. During heavy rains, clay absorbs water and increases in volume. This creates pressure and stress against foundation walls, causing major damage to the overall structure. As a result, foundations may settle causing cracks within the structure. There may also be damage to upper floors such as buckling or warping floors. As expansive soils dry out, they shrink. This shrinkage causes fissures and cracks to develop.
Expansive soils cause costly damage to homes every year creating financial loss more than hurricanes and tornadoes combined. Some conditions can lead to foundation problems such as:
These conditions can foundation failure. Inspect the interior and exterior of your home for the following:
To avoid foundation issues, make sure water is directed away from your foundation to prevent over-saturated soil. At Pro Foundation Technology, we offer foundation repair products such as helical piers and steel push piers. Both piers are driven deep into the soil to reach more stable soil conditions. The structure is raised onto the piers, then stabilized back to its original position. These products are designed to permanently support and level your foundation for years to come.
To repair bowing basement walls, we use helical tiebacks from inside the basement wall through a small hole from an exterior excavation. The bowing wall is pulled back to its original position.
Without proper waterproofing, too much water can expand clay soil and create pressure against the foundation. Standing or pooling water can accumulate under the foundation and cause a wet, damp basement. Look for signs of water intrusion such as:
Pro Foundation Technology can install an exterior drainage system or interior drainage system to prevent water damage. An interior drainage system consists of a perforated drain pipe that connects to a heavy duty sump pump. This helps drain water away from the foundation and stop water from accumulating around the home.
For all of your waterproofing needs in the Gardner, KS area, contact Pro Foundation Technology.