Kansas City Basement Wall Rebuilds
Problems with bowing, leaning, and cracking foundation walls, if not addressed, will ultimately lead to a “point of no return” for the wall. (This is an excellent reason to fix problems as early as possible!) Many homeowners are dealing with walls that have essentially failed. At this point, the homeowner is at risk of losing all of the value of their property.
However, there are various stages of damage, so it’s important to know what constitutes repairable damage and what types of repairs are needed for each level of damage.
Foundation Crack Repair
If you find cracks that are narrower than ⅛”, it likely means that it won’t affect the structure and can be fixed easily. However, they should not be ignored because they can be thorough-ways for moisture leading to structural problems, if left untreated. You or a professional may fix these types of cracks by injecting either epoxy or polyurethane foam.
Please note that if the cracks begin to leak, further waterproofing will be necessary.
Foundation Leak Repair
Typically larger than a crack, a leak (or two) often can signal a huge problem with drainage and moisture in the area surrounding your home. To address this issue, you’ll want to consult professionals like Foundation 1 about waterproofing techniques that can help secure your struction. We’ll likely recommend sealing your foundation.
In order to create a waterproof foundation, we will excavate around your foundation, install new tile drains, and fill any existing cracks with cement. We will also coat the structure in sealant and wrap it in a waterproof material. Although the cost of this labor will need to account for time, labor, and equipment, it is worth the price in exchange for a newly stable home.
House Settling & Sinking Foundation Repair
Settling is a major issue which requires immediate attention, since further settling can lead to more damage and instability. It may be difficult to tell that this is happening until having leaks and cracks assessed, or you may be able to determine what should be done next after inspecting your property for these early signs of foundation damage:
- Warped or sloped flooring
- Jammed windows & doors
- Door frame gaps
- Wall, door, or ceiling cracks
- Gaps between your wall & floor
- Exterior cracks
Typically, the best solution for this problem is to have your foundation leveled.
If the basement walls are so severely damaged that they cannot be stabilized and straightened with beam braces, the only option is to rebuild the failed walls. This starts with first stabilizing the home, as the damaged portion of the foundation wall is likely not providing sufficient support to that part of the structure.
Once the structure is fully stabilized, the next step is to remove the failed wall. Given no equipment can be brought into the basement, all materials must be removed by hand. As you might imagine, this is an extremely time consuming process and must be managed with a high level of focus on safety.
Once the damaged wall is removed, a cinder block wall can be rebuilt in its place. We have skilled masons on our team who can professionally rebuild foundation walls.
This type of foundation repair requires a higher level of skill and is the type of job that many less experienced foundation repair companies will pass on due to its complexity. The team at Foundation 1 has the skills and experience to do this job and help the homeowner preserve the value in the home.
Contact Foundation 1 for a free evaluation, including if your home has serious wall damage, collapse, or pending failure. As you might imagine, time is of the essence with this type of project, so contact us today.