Foundation Settlement Repair
Foundation settlement problems are common in many parts of the country, but here in Kansas City, our hot summers and cold winters combined with dry spells and periods of heavy rain make our area especially vulnerable to foundation issues. Foundation settlement problems are common, mainly because homes and building are heavy and some types of soil have poor load-bearing capability. Foundation settlement can happen over time when soil settles or erodes because of rain or a water leaks. Signs of foundation settlement include:
- Concrete stairs that sink or tilt
- Leaning or tilting chimneys
- Vertical cracks in concrete foundation walls
- Cracked stone veneer or exterior stucco
- Cracked and sinking slabs
- Cracks in drywall around window & doors
- Door & Windows that are hard to open and close
Foundation settlement repair solutions typically include some form of underpinning or piering including: concrete piers, steel pier foundation repair and helical pier foundation repair.
Bowed Basement Walls
Bowed basement walls are caused by too much ground pressure pushing against your basement walls. When rain water is absorbed by the soil around your basement foundation, the soil expands as it absorbs water and pushes against your exterior basement walls. When the soil dries, it moves away from your foundation walls again. This cycling of expansion and contraction creates bowing and weakens you basement walls. Arrow Foundation provides several solutions for bowed walls:
- Wall Bracing
- Tie Backs
- Concrete Tie Backs
- Steel Plate Tie Back
- Helical Torque Tie Back Anchors
In some cases when bowed walls represent a more serious problem, Arrow Foundation may recommend wall straightening. In simple terms, basement wall straightening involves pushing or pulling your foundation walls back into place. In order to apply this solution, we need to excavate the soil down to the foundation’s footing. Then we repair and straighten the wall. Since the foundation is exposed its often cost effective to address the issues including: fixing the cracks, applying a basement waterproofing membrane, and installing or repair your drain tile system.
If your house has basement walls that are cracked, leaning or bowing, you likely have a have a serious foundation issue that needs to be resolved. A bowed, cracked or buckling foundation wall often raises great concern for homeowners and the thought of contacting foundation repair companies in Kansas City can be intimidating. Many of or Kansas City homeowner customers are relieved
to find out that and Arrow Foundation Repair engineered wall support system can permanently fix their failing basement walls at a fraction of the cost of many other foundation repair methods. Wall anchoring involves using galvanized anchors that are buried out a considerable distance from your foundation walls. These anchors are steel wall plates with anchoring rods. The plates and anchors will hold your basement wall in place, and depending on the system used, can be adjusted to straighten a wall over time.
As discussed in other sections, foundation settling is more and more common. Older homes settle over long periods of time and their foundations are often weaker than new homes with advanced foundation and concrete technologies. Newer homes however, are being built on unstable soils – so while the foundation and basement wall may be stronger, the earth which they rest on may not be. In either case, foundation issues are becoming more common. Foundation piering (also known as underpinning) is the process of attaching steel piers to the foundation of your house to keep it from sinking further, or to keep your foundation in place after it has been raised or fixed. In order for the steel foundation piers to be permanently effective, they often need to be installed deep into the earth to reach bedrock or load-bearing strata. Arrow Foundation Repair is Kansas City’s leader for this type of foundation repair.
Crawl Space Repair
Crawl space repair, often referred to as crawl space encapsulation, is a foundation repair industry term used to describe a crawl space that that is equipped with a moisture barrier on the floor and walls of the entire crawl space area.
By recovering and sealing your crawl space, you can keep out insects and critters. More importantly, crawl space encapsulation help to improve air quality, reduce energy costs, and keep moisture out of the area – which in turn reduces the chance for mold, mildew and other problems that sub-surface moisture can create for your home. Encapsulation typically involves cleaning and prepping the area, installing a vapor barrier, and sometimes even installing a humidifier and / or a interior drain tile and a sump pump to collect and remove water away from the
crawl space area.
Heaving refers to the upward movement of a basement foundation or concrete slab. While there are several root causes, the end effect is that underlying soils expand or swell and push the concrete out of place. Heave is more common with slabs than foundations because slabs (like floors, driveways and sidewalks) are lighter and often at surface level. Heave most commonly occurs within the first few years of the building’s construction but can also occur after extended drought conditions. Slab and foundation heave are most commonly caused by:
- Expansive Soils
- Tree Roots
- Frost Heave
- Plumbing Leaks
- Long Term Precipitation
- Poor Drainage
Commercial & Industrial Foundation Repair
Arrow Foundation Repair is a regional leader in commercial foundation piering. We have commercial foundation repair at every level. We have worked with many leading property management and property development companies around the county. Please contact us for more information on our commercial foundation repair capabilities and services.