What Kinds of Problems Are You Noticing Around the House?

Stuck doors or windows

Doors that won’t shut, windows that jam, and growing gaps around your doors are all symptoms.

Bowing or bulging walls

Noticing bulges or bowing in your basement walls? Time to see what’s causing it.

Tilted chimney

If your chimney’s out of alignment, the problem likely runs much deeper than your roof.

Cracks in exterior walls

Foundation issues create pressure on every part of your home’s structure— even exterior brick walls.

Uneven/cracked sidewalks

This includes “street creep,” when sidewalks and retaining walls start to shift, creating gaps and overlaps.

Wet basements

Water may seep in from basement walls or cracks in your home’s foundation.

Flooded basements

Don’t wait for the next Kansas downpour to fix your basement’s drainage issues.

Uneven or sloping floors

Does your floor droop in places? Do floors seem to slope toward the middle of your home?

Gaps around walls

Is there a growing gap between the wall and the floor/ceiling? It’s usually a sign of shifting below.

Cracks in walls

As a home’s foundation settles unevenly, the walls bear that pressure, creating unsightly cracks.

Cracks in concrete floors

Any time the concrete slabs that make up concrete floors settle unevenly, you’re likely to end up with cracks.

Mold in the basement

Are there mold spots on your walls? Even somewhat “harmless” mold can turn harmful in a hurry.

What's Really Going On Underneath Your House?

The earth beneath your home is constantly changing, and your home is changed with it.

The vast majority of homes in Kansas were built on top of layers of soil—as opposed to being built on bedrock, the rock layers beneath the soil. Unfortunately, all soils naturally compress to some degree. As the weight of the foundation pushes down on the soil layers and forces them to compress, the once-sturdy ground beneath your home starts to settle.

The degree to which a foundation settles depends on the makeup of the soil under your home. However, in Kansas, it is not so much a question of whether or not a home’s foundation will settle; it is a question of how much settlement will occur.

Clay Soils

Extensive shifting is likely

**Most common soil type in Kansas** Soils which are rich in clay content have a much higher volume of voids than sandy soils. As a result, some clay soils can expand and contract by as much as 50% depending on the wetness of the ground. Expect significant shifting that occurs over a long period of time.

Organic Soils

Extensive shifting is possible

Soils which are rich in organic matter tend to compress and expand in the same way as clay soils, thought to slightly lesser degree. Organic soils (like topsoil) tend to behave like a sponge, expanding when wet and shrinking when dried.

Sandy Soils

Expect minimal foundation shifting

Sandy soils contract and expand little with changes in moisture. Water passes through these soils instead of being absorbed by them. As a result, these sandy soils are some of the most stable and reliable on which to build a foundation. Sandy soils are much less likely to cause foundation problems than other soil types.

Here’s what that shifting ends up looking like for a typical Kansas home.

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Your Kansas home rests securely on sandy soils that don’t expand/compress with moisture. Foundation settling is minimal.

Kansas Home Foundation Clay Soils
Your Kansas home rests on a variety of clay and organic soils, creating pockets that compress and expand with moisture in the ground. As a result, your foundation rises and falls with these pockets, cracking your foundation and shaking your home loose of its secure footings.

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And don’t forget about the water damage…

Much of that water that is being absorbed by the ground around your home seeps through the newly-formed cracks of your foundation. This creates the mold, leaking, and flooding issues you’re experiencing in your basement.

But What's The Worst That Could Happen?

Gaps in your home’s foundation function like huge holes in the castle wall—your home’s enemies come pouring in.

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Nasty mold like this can have serious health impacts on your family.

You risk endangering your family’s health & safety.

If your home’s foundation or basement walls are breaking up, then you’re exposing the inside of your home to moisture that can quickly create mold. Left unchecked, minor cases of mold frequently turn into toxic black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum. Toxic black mold can have severe health effects on your family, including allergic reactions, nausea, vomiting, nasal bleeding, and respiratory problems. In many cases, these symptoms will persist for months or years before a household makes the connection between the symptoms and the presence of mold.

In addition to mold, each new shift, crack, or break in your home’s foundation or basement walls creates a new safety hazard for your family and guests to your home. Braces in your basement loosen, pieces of your walls become dislodged, and your basement turns unsafe.

Deck, patio, and walkway additions will be on inherently shaky ground if foundation issues aren’t fixed.

You risk forfeiting the value of your investment, making your home nearly impossible to sell.

Problems with your home’s foundation literally erode the value of your home. Homes with foundation issues notoriously appraise poorly, which will make it difficult for prospective buyers to get financing. In other words, even if your buyerdon’t mind the state of your home’s foundation, their bank likely will—which could result in a dramatically lower valuation of your home.

Even beyond the sell-ability of your home, ongoing foundation and basement issues can complicate your plans for improving other parts of your home. Even if you don’t mind the foundation problems, they can put a damper on other upgrades you’d like to perform. For example, a constantly-shifting foundation can interfere with projects ranging from replacing windows and doors to adding decks, patios, or walkways. In other words, ongoing foundation settlement can prevent your house from ever feeling like your dream home, even with the nicest of upgrades.

Termites can quickly spread from damp areas in the basement to other areas of a home.

You risk physically destroying your home.

There is no aspect of your home that is more responsible for your home’s structural integrity than the foundation. While total structural failure is rare among Kansas homes, avoiding foundation/basement repairs is the fastest route to that outcome.

There’s a saying among structural engineers: “Water always wins.” Leaks in your basement are not merely an inconvenience; they represent a stream of water gradually eroding your home’s foundation. If your home is 80+ years old, like many homes in the Wichita area, this erosion could be decades in the making.

And don’t forget about termite damage. As the wood in your home’s basement walls is exposed to the outside ground and moisture, termites make their way into your home. Even if you don’t see termites, they may be nested within your home’s basement walls, enjoying (and destroying) the perpetually damp wood there.

Unable to sell and unable to repair, total replacement becomes the only option.

You risk unavoidable, massive repair and recovery costs.

A full foundation replacement can cost upwards of $100,000, many times exceeding the value of the home itself. But even short of a total replacement, the longer a faulty foundation goes on unchecked, the higher the costs of repairing or replacing that foundation climb.

So to put all the pieces together, allowing a cracked foundation to crumble dramatically reduces your chances of selling your home, crushes the value of your home, and gradually reduces your available repair options to just one: costly total replacement. And don’t forget— insurance very rarely covers costs related to foundation repair and replacement.

In most cases, you can likely afford to fix the root causes of your foundation problems before they get worse. But remember, the longer you wait, the less affordable fixing the problem is.

We Will Identify & Resolve The Root Causes of Your Foundation Problems

Foundation Repair in Wichita KS

FOUNDATION REPAIR

Has shifting and structural erosion started to occur in your home’s foundation? We can stop the shifting and get you back on solid ground.

  • Repair Crawl Spaces

    Water or moisture in your crawl space ends up throughout your home as it evaporates, creating mold and mildew issues for your family. We can add vapor barriers, keeping moisture and mold from infiltrating your home. We can repair and replace supports in the crawl space, which levels sloping floors and prevents further deterioration. Custom crawl space solutions for your unique Kansas home.

  • Install Piers & Piles

    Does your home suffer from bowing or buckling basement walls? These solutions can permanently stop movement of walls, saving your home’s foundation. Anchors can be buried deep in your yard’s more sturdy soils, literally pulling your walls back to their correct places. Braces mitigate cracks in walls that allow water and moisture into your home.

  • Install Wall Anchors & Braces

    If your home is like most in Kansas, it rests on a constantly compressing/expanding bed of clay soils. By installing piers and pilings, we attach your home’s foundation directly to more stable sandy soils and the bedrock deep below your home. This can halt shifting and save your home’s foundation.

Basement Weatherproofing Wichita Kansas

BASEMENT WATERPROOFING

Maybe your leaky basement doesn’t yet require extensive foundation repair. We’ll help you prevent water infiltration before it causes bigger problems.

  • Design Drainage Systems

    Successful basement and foundation waterproofing begins with your gutter system and encompasses your whole drainage system. Not sure what that looks like for your home? Chances are, all streams lead back to your foundation, ensuring foundation problems for years. We’ll help you lay out a comprehensive drainage system that keeps your house safe, keeps the water out, and maintains your home’s value.

  • Install Protective Membranes

    We surround problem areas of your foundation in a protective membrane that keeps water out, and then we replace compressible clay soils with much more foundation-friendly sandy soils.

  • Add Sump Pumps & Drain Tile

    If you’ve got fairly minor water leakage issues, installation of drain tile and a sump pump may be sufficient to keep water out of your basement. While this solution doesn’t address the root cause of your water intake, we’ll still make this process easy.

Wichita Concrete Flatwork

CONCRETE FLATWORK

Have shifting foundations messed up your sidewalk, driveway, or other walkways? We can level these and fix your problem from the ground up.

  • Concrete Leveling

    Have foundation problems created unlevel concrete in your driveway, sidewalk, or patio? They’re a liability and an eyesore. By improving support of the concrete underground, we can level out those ugly areas. We can help get everything straightened out, improving your home’s curb appeal and decreasing your stress level.

  • Mudjacking

    Foundation problems don’t just affect the structure of your house—connected parts like stairs, stoops, and porches are kicked out of alignment, too. By pumping a support substance into surrounding concrete (a.k.a. mudjacking), we’re able to lift sunken areas and restore stability to these structures. All without replacing concrete, which means massive savings for you!

  • New Sidewalks, Driveways, Etc.

    Need a simple sidewalk, driveway, or walkway added to your home? We’ll take care of this, improving your home’s curb appeal. We make sure these slabs are properly supported underground, ensuring they remain level for years to come.

We develop custom foundation repair and basement waterproofing solutions for Kansas homes. Give us a call today to discuss your home’s needs.

What Makes Midwest Contractors Different?

WITH SO MANY WICHITA FOUNDATION REPAIR COMPANIES TO CHOOSE FROM, WHY PICK US?

For many of us, our homes are our largest investments. And yet we still tend to favor short-term solutions when it comes to foundation problems in our homes. There’s just one problem with short-term solutions… they only work for a while. And in many cases, the structural integrity of your home continues to erode, even with a short-term solution in place.

Bottom line: Many foundation repair companies tend to avoid the root causes of your foundation problems, instead opting to fix surface-level symptoms. Not us! We’re dedicated to digging deep and crafting comprehensive, as-permanent-as-possible solutions. 

These solutions are designed to help you preserve your home’s value, protect your investment, and keep your family healthy and safe.

We look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

Our Wichita roots run deep. As a locally owned company, every project we work on is an investment in our own community.
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Ready to start your foundation or basement project? Give us a call today at (316) 651-6214 to get started.

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