We Provide Professional, Reliable Foundation Repair Services to the Wichita Area
As a distributor of high-quality waterproofing and foundation repair products, we know exactly what it takes to get a home in the best condition it can be. We have been in business since 1992 and the experience and knowledge we've gathered over the years shows in every single project we complete. We are able to help you with whatever home issues you face, whether it's foundation settlement, bowing walls, a flooding basement, a moldy or damp crawl space, and more. If you're located in the Wichita area and are in need of any of these services, give us a call! We'd be happy to help.
What are the signs of a failing foundation?
When your home ages, it may seem like there's a new issue every week. Some of these are just side effects of your home aging, but others are signaling to you that you need serious home repairs to keep everything structurally sound and your family safe. Some signs that could indicate foundation issues include:
- Drywall cracks - If you're noticing cracks in the drywall of your home, whether it's in the middle of the wall, near doorframes, or on the ceiling, it's important to call a professional. The larger the crack, the more likely it is to indicate a serious problem.
- Bowing walls - This can often mean there is too much pressure on your foundation, pushing your walls inward.
- Sticking doors or windows - This is a sign that your house is shifting, changing where your doors and windows align. This is not only an annoying problem but a potentially serious one.
- Cracks in slab floors - If you've got concrete slab floors and are noticing cracks, it's probably a side effect of too much pressure on the foundation
- Cracks in mortar - If you have a brick home, cracks can appear in your mortar due to your home shifting over the years
- Basement slab floor not level - When the floor is no longer level, it likely means the house is shifting, which can cause more problems for your home and safety of your family.
What Causes Foundation Damage?
Foundation damage can be caused by many things. No matter where you live, no home is immune to the potential danger of foundation failure. This can be caused by:
- Expansive soils - As the years go by, the soil under your home expands and contracts due to rainfall, temperature changes, and other environmental factors. Since it is located under your home, as it moves, your home is also likely to move, known as settling. Your home's settlement may be worry-free or it could cause structural issues.
- Excessive Rainfall - The more rainfall an area gets, the harder it is for the soil around your home to absorb it. When there is flooding or even smaller pools of water around your home, that excess water is putting pressure on the foundation, causing issues.
- Tree roots - If you plant a tree too close to your home, as the tree grows and the roots spread, it's likely to disrupt your foundation. The roots will push the supporting beams and anchors or your foundation walls themselves, ruining the support for your home.
- Poor grading/excavation - When your home is being built, a team of contractors are supposed to accurately grade and excavate near your home to remove problems and create the perfect surface for building. Sometimes this doesn't happen and you're the one facing issues later on down the road with foundation settlement.
- Poor construction - Sometimes the problem is simply that the contractor who built your home was not knowledgable in the foundational supports that were needed or did not account for additional loads later on as your house and family grew.
- Transpiration - For those who know about science or plants, you may be wondering what this has to do with your home's foundation. Transpiration is the process of plants removing moisture from the soil. If you're experiencing a hot or dry season and trees are withdrawing moisture at a higher rate than it's being replaced, this can accelerate the soil shrinkage around your home, affecting your foundation.
- Slope failure/Mass wasting - If your home has been built on a hill, you could be at risk for slope failure. Soils have a tendency to move downhill, taking your home with it. If you have underpinnings in your home that are designed to protect against slope failure, you're probably safe, otherwise your home could be slipping out from under you.
Why should you repair your foundation?
Your foundation is the very bones of your home. Without it, you face a variety of issues that are not only structurally unsafe but medically unsafe for your family. Foundation failure can bring in pests, mold, mildew, and other nasty problems. If you don't address the issues, your home's value will go down dramatically each year it continues to be ignored. Not to mention the sheer cost of repairs that will rack up as the problem gets worse. You don't want to wait to repair foundation issues. Even if it doesn't seem like a huge deal to you, it could be an indicator of a much larger problem. You don't want to risk being homeless because you chose to ignore the issues. Call our professional team today.
What Do I Need to Do First?
First, inspect your entire home for signs of foundation failure that were mentioned above. If you happen to see anything, don't panic. All you have to do is give us a call. You will be connected to one of our qualified professionals who will set up a time to come to your home and inspect the entire property.
How Does the Foundation Repair Process Work?
Once our professionals inspect your home, we will then provide you with a free quote for the services we will need to perform to get your home back in tip-top shape. As soon as you've approved the services and set up a financing plan, we will work with you to create a work schedule so that we are not in your way and so that we finish the project in a timely manner. If you have any specifications for where you would like our team to put our extra materials, where we should park, etc., this is when you should tell us. Once the project is done, you will be notified and anything that is not done to your satisfaction will be addressed with our team and fixed, if possible.
Our Foundation Repair Solutions
We have a number of solutions for foundation failure which are listed below. All of our products are sourced from Grip-Tite Manufacturing Co. and are made to last. With push pier installation, we can support your foundation to stop it from shifting or sinking. Home leveling will stop your home from creeping downhill. Home lifting will also help keep your home from sinking further, and foundation stabilization is to ensure that your foundation stays put without continuing to crumble or settle. To learn more about these solutions, you can contact us today!
Foundation Crack Repair
Bowed Wall Repair