Homeowners in Kansas and Missouri experience foundation problems at an extreme rate.
According to data from Google Trends, a service that tracks internet search volume over the past 10 years, Kansas City is the 3rd most active metropolitan area for “foundation repair” and “basement waterproofing” related search queries in the United States.
Soil is a big deal in Kansas and it’s the primary factor contributing to the state’s proud agricultural history.
According to the USDA, soil is Kansas’ most valuable resource, accounting for nearly $8.7 billion to the local economy each year.
Harney silt loam, a nutrient-rich soil ideal for agriculture is recognized as the official state soil.
Unfortunately, the soil conditions in Kansas City aren’t ideal for everyone. The expansive clay soils that are commonly found in the area can cause foundation problems, resulting in headaches for homeowners.
Expansive clay soils contain a high ratio of smectite clays which absorb water like a sponge. As the soil absorbs water it will begin to expand, sometimes increasing its size by as much as 10%! This can cause the earth underneath the foundation to shift.
Conversely, the soils can shrink when they dry out, eroding and leading to structural weakness. Ultimately, the constant contraction and expansion of the soils underneath the home lead to foundation problems.
Aside from a small number of homes built in the 1950’s, most of the foundation types found in Kansas City homes are basement foundations. Basements are vulnerable to a variety of different structural issues caused by hydrostatic pressure excreted on basement walls. As the pressure builds, walls may become damaged.
Drainage problems also contribute to wet basements, leaks, strange odors and mold. To prevent this, it’s important to keep intrusive water away from the foundation. Exterior basement waterproofing and drainage systems are designed to accomplish this. Interior basement waterproofing is also effective and helps manage water away from the foundation after it enters the basement.
Due to a phenomenon known as the “stack effect”, the air found inside your basement or crawl space makes its way up into the living areas of your home. This results in strange odors, uncomfortable humidity and allergens.
Water, structural, and air quality problems that originate in the basement or crawl space have a tendency to get worse over time. Left untreated, these factors often begin to affect the rest of your home.
Here are a few of the common signs you may have a foundation problem:
The cost of basement or crawl space repair in Kansas City depends on the size of the structure, extent of the damage and the goals of the homeowner. Minor basement leaks can be stopped with drainage repairs performed on the exterior of the home. Small cracks can be patched with epoxy injections.
Bigger structural repairs, like pilings, crawl space support posts and wall anchors are more complex and often cost a bit more.
Some homeowners may opt for air quality solutions like encapsulation, a repair that protects against moisture, mitigates mold and can help increase the resale value of a home.
There’s also exterior basement wall waterproofing, a repair method that leaves the inside of a finished basement untouched, reduces hydrostatic pressure and shields against leaks.
On average, a minor repair in Kansas City will cost between $500 - $3,000, with more extensive foundation repair and waterproofing services costing $3,500 - $7,000.
At Olshan, we understand that no two homes are alike. That’s why our experts thoroughly investigate the problems your home is experiencing before developing a repair plan unique to your home.
We refer to this comprehensive, investigative process as our Healthy Home Approach. To receive a free and accurate cost analysis, simply schedule an assessment.
Our friendly team of foundation repair experts is always looking out for your best interests. All of our employees are upfront and forthcoming about ALL repair costs before you're expected to make any decisions.
If any unforeseen problems arise during your foundation repair, you'll be the first to know. We know you want your home repaired and back to normal as soon as possible so when we give you a deadline, we stick to it.
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Call 816-333-8888 today to find out more about Olshan foundation repair Kansas City and surrounding areas, including all of Kansas and Missouri, Belton, Excelsior Springs, Independence, Lawrence, Lees Summit, Liberty, Olathe, Overland Park, Raymore, Topeka, and Wichita. Address the problem now and avoid major repairs down the line.
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