There are certain perks to living in the Little Apple. First, you’re never far from a river, whether it be the Big Blue River or the Kansas River. Kansas State University is at the forefront of most residents’ and business owners’ minds, with KSU’s Wyatt Hubert recently making headlines for making the NFL draft. In 2018 Manhattan was voted the second-best place to live in all of the US, and we’re proud of our education system here. That said, there are a few things every Kansas resident needs to be mindful of, including storms. When bad weather occurs, homeowners need to check their foundations to ensure that structural damage is dealt with properly and immediately to reduce the risk of any further damage.
Soil expansion due to too much water adds pressure to the foundation and can cause cracking. To avoid these issues, ensure water is not directed towards the home. Most homeowners and business owners excavate their properties to a grading of 6 inches in 10 foot slopes to ensure there is no standing water by the foundation. Downspouts should also be examined to ensure that they are effectively moving rain away from the home. The downspout should be five to ten feet away from the building.
If your downspouts aren’t that length, add extensions to ensure runoff goes far enough away from your foundation. Ensure that trees located near the home are removed before roots can grow under the foundation. If trees aren’t removed, the roots can push through the foundation and cause major damage, so take the necessary precautions to protect your structures.
Signs of Foundation Damage
Signs that foundations need to be repaired include bowing walls, visible wall cracks, sinking foundations and settling concrete slabs. If any of these signs are present, immediate action should be taken to prevent long term damage.
Lamunyon Foundation Repair Solutions in Manhattan, Kansas
Weakened foundations are a threat to the structural integrity of your home and business, as well as to your own safety. Lamunyon Dry Out and Foundation Repair experts are trained in how to quickly and effectively resolve these issues and get your home back into shape.
Wall Anchors, Carbon Fiber
For bowing walls, we use wall anchors or carbon fiber over walls to prevent cracks from spreading. The wall anchor system we use helps fix bowing walls that are bowing more than two inches. As the steel rod is tightened, it exerts pull on the wall and the anchor in the yard holds it fast. These wall anchors are placed every 5 feet along the bowing wall. Carbon fiber straps are a good way to repair bowing walls that aren’t too severe (two inches or less). The carbon fiber straps are sealed to the wall and are placed every 4 feet along the wall to ensure that bowing stops.
Foundation Piering Systems, Polyjacking
For a sinking foundation, we use a foundation piering system or polyjacking to raise your home back to its original position. Polyjacking is the use of polyurethane foam to raise concrete, fill voids and stabilize soil. The foam expands after filling the holes dried in the concrete slab. Foundation piering is a foundation repair method that involves using metal or concrete posts to bolster a failing foundation. Push piers are made of galvanized or epoxy-coated steel pipe and are drilled into the foundation with a hydraulic ram. Helical piers are like large screws.
We utilize effective systems from SafeBasements that ensure that your foundation and property remain structurally sound for the safety of its occupants. Please call us today for an estimate – we’d be happy to help with your foundation repair needs! Outside of foundation repair, we also offer basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, mold remediation, and water mitigation throughout Manhattan.