Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tips to Prevent Basement Flooding

If there is one thing we all don’t want to see when we walk down into our basements, it’s water. Water in the basement means ruined furniture, flooring, walls, carpets, and rugs. It means a cut into our finances or an increase on the cost of our home owners insurance. Whatever way you look at it, it is not a good thing.

Being in the Midwest, KC has a lot of homes that have basements. The Midwest is known for its severe weather that during the spring can include flash flood warnings. That means a lot of water can build up very quickly. In order to avoid basement leaks in Kansas City, we need to look at some ways to protect our foundations against water leakage.

The foundation issues that can arise and cause this type of leakage can come from a variety of different issues. One example, could be clay soils which can become saturated with water. When this happens, the soil expands, pushing upward towards the foundation. As the soil dries, it contracts and the pressure is released. This hydrostatic pressure can cause foundation cracks, movement and even instability. Water can enter through these cracks, creating a wet basement.

Water can seep in from under the footer, located underneath the poured basement floor. Most basement construction leaves a space between the footer and the basement floor. When water comes into this area from poor exterior drainage or other issues, it can exert pressure on the foundation. This can cause foundation cracks and allow water to seep into the basement. Water may enter small cracks located between the footer and the wall atop it as well.

If you are looking to avoid basement leaks in Kansas City, then you’ve come to the right blog. We, at CPS Foundation Repair, are looking to educate KC on basement leaks in Kansas City. We believe educating can help avoid issues or let you know what to watch for so that you can call on our expertise in time of need. Continue to follow our blogs to learn what to watch for and what we do to fix those problems.

Tip of the day: The most important fact that we could share with you is to make sure that you always watch for cracks inside and outside of your home, even within the foundation, as it can be a source of foundation issues which lead to water leakage into your home.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Stop Water Foundation Issues

Control Water, Stop Kansas City Foundation Cracks

A cracked foundation is a serious problem that’s usually obvious to the naked eye. But did you know these serious problems can start from something as innocuous as a backed up gutter that you hadn’t noticed?

In fact, gutter problems are one of the biggest causes of foundation problems necessitating Kansas City foundation repair. The moisture level of the ground under your home needs to stay in balance, and in KC that means when it does rain, if the water is pooling in the wrong places, it can easily start the unleveling process that will eventually lead to foundation cracking. On the bright side, before you ever have a foundation crack, there are signs to watch for that may mean you need help.
1. Sticking Doors and Windows – These are an indication that that you might soon have foundation cracks and need repairs. The reason they stick is because the building is slightly higher on one side than the other. Often times sticking doors and windows will be accompanied by cracks in drywall. If the root problem, the foundation, is not fixed first, then repairing these cracks will prove a futile effort.
2. Water leaking into or puddling near your basement or crawlspace – While usually caused by a problem above ground (like faulty guttering), water pooling near your home will mean more shifting than is safe for your foundation. Usually such problems can be addressed fairly easily and inexpensively if you notice them. Make sure that the ground contours away from your home so as to direct the water away from your foundation, that your gutters are clear and that your downspouts are also directing water away from your home.
3. Only watering one part of your lawn or landscape – By only watering one part of a lawn or landscape feature you can unknowingly cause your own foundation to become unbalanced. During droughts be sure that you’re not putting too much water on only one part of your yard and not on the other. Remember, it’s about keeping the moisture level of the soil balanced.
Keep in mind too that voids under driveways, walkways and other concrete structures can cause puddling near your foundation and thus cause damage. It’s important that if you think you have a problem with water near your foundation to get it corrected as soon as possible. If you think you might have damage or aren’t sure, don’t hesitate to contact Commercial Piering Systems – we’ve got the pros and the experience to help you identify problems and correct them before they become more serious.

More Than Foundation

CPS installs egress windows increasing your homes value and safety

In Kansas City where basements are common, egress windows can save your family’s life in case of a fire. In fact, building codes now require egress windows in basements where there are living quarters.
An egress window is an easy-to-open window also serves as an emergency exit for below-ground living spaces.
Let’s be honest – during a fire, stairs could be blocked or damaged. To avoid such dangerous situations, the International Residential Code requires an egress window or the equivalent in all basements used partially or entirely as a living space.
Just as important, an egress window totally eliminates the “dungeon feeling” that many, if not most, basements have.
With egress windows, you can have fresh air in your basement, which improves your home’s overall ventilation.
These windows increase the value of your house by adding your basement as a living space when selling or refinancing.
Give CPS a call to get your egress window install done right.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Save Later Foundation

Spend Now and Save Later

Weather is a huge factor in causing our home’s foundation to shift. Whether it shifts up or down, it can cause a small issue to become a very large and expensive one, very fast. Hot weather can causes cracks to form in your foundation, whereas, cold weather can cause cracks to accelerate and become bigger cracks. Then, it snowballs. Damage causes more damage, causes more damage, and so on and so forth.
The soil also can contribute to the foundation moving around. For example, clay can expand or shrink depending on the weather. If your soil is clay beneath your home then your home’s foundation is going to be moving around during certain seasons. Expanding and then shrinking can take you and your home for an unwanted ride.
I’m not trying to be negative here. I want to be factual and equip you with information that will help you build a better home and also save you in the financial department. A foundation is important for the well-being of your home. Most homeowners do not even realize how their foundations are set up, what affects them and causes issues for them, and how much it costs to repair them. That’s where we come in and that is where this information is important.
Usually, if a repair is needed, as a human race, we tend to put things off so that we do not have to spend the money right away. We see how long we can wait before we have to squeeze the fixes into our budget. However, the whole point of writing about these issues in our blogs and educating each homeowner on what to look for is that we want to let you know how delaying spending money to make repairs will cost you more in the long run.
As a Kansas City based Company, we also want to be able to offer you affordable Kansas City foundation repair for those buildings and homes based here in Kansas City and encourage you to not delay on getting your foundation repaired. Whether you are needing an estimate or just an examination, we are the affordable Kansas City foundation repair Company. IF YOU SUPPORT LOCAL, WE SUPPORT YOU, so check out our affordable Kansas City foundation repair today!