Serving Kansas, Missouri & Iowa

Foundation Repair Q & A

  1. Is it true that, by keeping the moisture content of the soil under my house constant, foundation movement can be stopped?
  2. Is piering a permanent fix to water damage, or is it an ongoing job?
  3. What are the different types of repairing—I am particularly interested in piering, but I am not sure how piering compares to other types of repair.
  4. How do I know if I have foundation damage?
  5. What will happen during a foundation consultation?
  6. What foundation repair services do you offer?
  7. What is foundation settlement and how will I know if my home is suffering from the problem?
  8. What causes a bowed wall to form?
  9. What causes wall and floor cracks to form?
  10. Why is it important to take care of my foundation?
  11. How can I get an estimate?

Is it true that, by keeping the moisture content of the soil under my house constant, foundation movement can be stopped?

This is often true, but movement can be caused by other factors, such as increased load, vibration, or subsurface changes such as plant or animal activity, frost action, or hydrological changes. Maintaining constant soil moisture is always beneficial, but this can be a major engineering challenge itself.

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Is piering a permanent fix to water damage, or is it an ongoing job?
Piering is a repair to provide vertical load support, and it permanence is determined by the design and installation approach. Shallow underpinning may provide success, but permanent load bearing strata may require deeper penetration, which can be provided at an affordable cost by hydraulically driven structural, steel tubing. This is a major repair project that can encounter subsurface complications, so an experienced contractor with the financial resources to manage these issues is important. The need for future piering for other parts of the building will vary from site to site, but proper installation methods should provide permanent vertical stability to the portion of a foundation that is supported by piers.

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What are the different types of repairing — I am particularly interested in piering, but I am not sure how piering compares to other types of repair.

Here is an overview of the various methods of foundation repair as well as their pros and cons.

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How do I know if I have foundation damage?

If you notice any of the following warning signs, it's a good indication that your home is suffering from some type of structural problem:

  • Windows and doors are difficult to open or close
  • Cracks appear along window and door frames
  • Interior and exterior cracks form on foundation walls
  • Walls appear to be bowing into the basement
  • Chimney appears to be tilting or pulling away from the home
  • Noticeable sinking can be seen on one or more sides of the foundation

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What will happen during a foundation consultation?

We will send a professional tech to your home to inspect the foundation inside and out. The entire process takes about 1 hour or so to complete. We will then discuss our findings with you and talk with you in detail about the best plan of action for getting the situation taken care of fast and without too much disruption to your family's daily life.

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What foundation repair services do you offer?

We can provide you with foundation settlement repair, bowed wall repair, uneven floors, and wall or floor crack repair. We make use of high quality products that have proven time and time again to be effective at taking care of even the worst structural problems.

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What is foundation settlement and how will I know if my home is suffering from the problem?

This is a common structural problem that is seen on all types of homes, both old and new. It happens when the soil surrounding the foundation is weak and unstable. There are likely voids beneath the home, and it will eventually sink into them. This is when you will notice that one or more sides of the home appear to be sinking deeper and deeper into the earth. You may also notice that windows and doors are hard to open or close, and interior or exterior cracks may form.

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What causes a bowed wall to form?

A bowing basement wall is the result of excessive hydrostatic pressure on the foundation walls. Whenever the soil around your home expands from moisture, it will put hydrostatic pressure on the walls. Eventually, the force proves to be too much and the walls will start to lean into the home.

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What causes wall and floor cracks to form?

Wall cracks are typically a sign of the natural shrinking and curing process of concrete. However, sometimes, they can be a warning sign of a serious underlying structural problem, such as settlement. We will take care of the initial cause of the problem and fill in the crack so that it doesn't let seepage into the home. Floor cracks typically do not pose a threat to the structural integrity of a home, and they are often caused from the shrinking process of concrete. Again, the crack will need to be filled in to prevent moisture intrusion.

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Why is it important to take care of my foundation?

The foundation is responsible for bearing the weight of your entire home. When it is experiencing problems with settlement or bowing walls, it will eventually effect the structural integrity of your entire home if left untreated for too long.

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How can I get an estimate?

You can fill out our online contact form or call us toll-free at 1-800-368-7437.

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Dry Basement® Coverage

Dry Basement® Foundation Repair serves the major areas of Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa. Each office has a unique location that provides foundation repair and basement waterproofing services in certain areas within each of the states. Please find your location on the map and follow up to the appropriate office by clicking the buttons bellow.

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Customer Reviews

Average rating for Dry Basement® Foundation Repair is 4.91 stars of 5 stars - based on 591 reviews
Foundation Repair in Olathe, KS
I am certain Curtis had said that footings for posts would be an upcharge of #150 each, not #250. Install crew did a good job.
Mike P. - Olathe, KS 66062
Crawl Space Encapsulation in Lawrence, KS
What questions we asked it was answered.
Timothy W. - Lawrence, KS 66049
Foundation Repair in Kansas City, MO
Everybody did a great job with the sinking foundation at our home. No more sinking foundation or wall cracks by our windows and doors.
William S. - Kansas City, MO 64157