From Topeka to Wichita, Dodge City to Concordia, Olshan Foundation Solutions is here to provide Kansas home and business owners with safe, secure foundations, tidy crawl spaces and dry basements. Though the official state soil of Kansas — otherwise known as Harney silt loam — may be perfectly suited for growing wheat and corn, its consistency, along with many of the other 300 types of soil found in Kansas, may lead to foundation damage over time.
Kansas Soil and Your Foundation
When the clay content in soil gets wet, it absorbs the moisture and swells. During hot, dry periods, such as the recent droughts experienced across Kansas and much of the Midwest, the soil shrinks and hardens. These cycles of expansion and contraction can wreak havoc on Kansas foundations, both of residential and commercial structures. When a foundation settles, sinks, and shifts — also known as subsidence — it may warp or crack. If left unrepaired, foundation damage may lead to severe structural problems — and an unsafe building.
Along with soil expansion and contraction, Kansas foundation damage may be caused by a phenomenon known as “street creep.” This common foundation problem occurs when the concrete used to construct streets or sidewalks near a home’s foundation expand and contract with the changing temperatures. These movements can cause a slab to crack, causing foundation damage.
Signs of Foundation Damage
Warning signs of foundation damage in your Kansas home or commercial structure may include :
- Sagging or sloping floors
- Cracks in walls, ceilings, drywall, and bricks and mortar
- Chimneys pulling away from walls
- “Sticky” doors or windows that won’t shut properly
- Gaps above door or window frames
- Pooling water or moisture in basements and crawl spaces
- Musty smells coming from the basement or crawl space
How Can Olshan Help?
If you notice any of these tell-tale signs of damage, Olshan Foundation Solutions can help. Our experienced technicians keep commercial and residential structures safe and secure throughout the greater Kansas City, Topeka, and Wichita areas. Get in touch with us today and schedule a free estimate. We’ll help you get your structure back on solid ground!