Dry Weather, Different Types of Soils & Other Factors That Can Affect Kansas City Homeowners’ Foundations

Although temperatures haven’t risen to extremely hot levels yet in the Kansas City area, it won’t be long before we’ll be wishing for rain and experiencing long dry periods.  What does this have to do with your home’s foundation?  More than you might think. Considering the foundation sits on dirt, there’s a lot that can happen!

As Kansas City foundation repair professionals we know that dry air, humid air, and even the type of soil around your home determine whether you may face problems with your foundation.  

When the rain stops coming, eventually the soil dries out.  This results in shrinking soil (you’ve probably seen dirt so dry it’s actually cracked), which can cause the foundation to settle.  Indications your foundation has settled may include windows or doors that “stick” or are harder than usual to open, cracks in the drywall, or even floors that aren’t level. When you have any suspicion at all that a problem may exist, it’s time to contact professionals before your home suffers additional damage.  The more damage that results from foundation issues, the higher the repair costs so don’t put it off!

How do different types of soil support your foundation and home?  In the KC area clay is common, which isn’t the best type of soil on which to build a home but we don’t always have control over these things.  Clay shifts and moves easily when wet, and shrinks as we described above when dry.  This can put tremendous pressure on your foundation.

Other types of soil include loam, peat, sand, and sandstone, bedrock, limestone, and other types of rock.  If you could choose the type of soil on which to build your home, loam is a good choice because it can handle moisture and doesn’t tend to expand or shrink like clay soil does.  Peat reacts much like clay depending on whether conditions are wet or dry.  

Sand can be a fairly good soil for support of the foundation when compacted with materials such as gravel, however gaps may appear over time as sand particles wash away. In this case it may be possible to repair the foundation using helical piers.

As you can see there’s a lot more to the weather and soil than meets the eye when it comes to your home’s foundation.  Thankfully, for nearly any issue there is a remedy.  This is the basis of your home, the component that actually supports everything else above it.  

Regardless of your situation, trust the Kansas City foundation repair professionals at Arrow Foundation Repair for solutions to any problem you may have.

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