CAUSES OF FOUNDATION PROBLEMS
Kansas City is located along the Missouri River Valley, and area of which the soil is made up with a high clay content. Engineers refer to this soil type as expansive or shifting soil.
Winter snows and spring rains swell the clay until the summer sun and demands from large root systems of surrounding trees, crack and shrink the clay, leading to unstable soil conditions under the foundation of your home.
These soil conditions could be the cause of the settlement and cracking of your foundation walls.
Other causes of settlement are foundations placed on compressible soil, improperly compacted soils, or foundations installed at improper depths.
WHAT CAN BE DONE TO PREVENT SETTLEMENT DAMAGE?
- Make sure you have adequate drainage away from your foundation.
- Keep gutters and downspouts clean and directed away from your foundation
- Keep the yard damp near and around your foundation during summer heat to prevent cracking and separation of the soil.
CAN THE SETTLEMENT BE STABILIZED OR CORRECTED?
Yes. Settlement can be stabilized or corrected. The affected area of the foundation needs to be supported to a greater depth. This is accomplished by the installation of foundation piers.
WHAT TYPES OF FOUNDATION PIERS SHOULD BE USED?
Rayview uses the DynaPier® foundation piering system. Reinforced Concrete Piers and Steel Piers. Each have their advantages and should be used in accordance to the damage and needs of your foundation problem.
Rayview will help you select the type of pier that best suits YOUR needs.