Foundation Repair & Basement Waterproofing in Moberly, MO
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Foundation Recovery Systems (FRS), a Groundworks Company, specializes in helping homeowners with their foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, and concrete needs. Our top priority is providing high-quality home repair solutions and personalized service throughout Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas. With fully trained technicians, industry-leading products, and nationally backed warranties, FRS is here to restore your foundation or crawl space.
Discover the significance of foundation repair, signs of cracked or bowing basement walls, and how FRS can help.
Crawl spaces come with their own unique challenges. They can often be forgotten about since it’s not a main part of the house. However, the health of your crawl space can impact the air quality inside your home.
We offer basement waterproofing solutions to homeowners all over the states of Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Illinois, and Iowa. Find out what waterproofing your basement can do for your home and health here.
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Foundation Recovery Systems, founded in 1992, is a subsidiary of Groundworks, a family of companies that offers superior, proven solutions for your foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, dehumidification, and concrete lifting needs. We provide services throughout Missouri, eastern Kansas, northern Arkansas, southern Iowa and Central Illinois, and we operate out of six offices in Lee’s Summit, Moberly, Springfield, St Louis, Des Moines and Decatur.
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Basement Waterproofing in Moberly, Missouri
In addition to serving as an extra living space, a basement can also serve as a place to store things, work out, and entertain guests. Because of this, basement waterproofing in Moberly is extremely vital for homeowners to consider. The soil in the area shrinks when dried out and expands when wet, which is characteristic of clay soil. Water damage to your Moberly basement is more common in the fall, given the high rainfall that occurs during the season. In a moist basement, you’ll see the beginnings of mold growth and other potentially dangerous conditions like mildew which indicate water damage.
Foundation Repair in Moberly, Missouri
Moberly home foundations are particularly vulnerable to deterioration because of the Missouri region’s expansive clay soils. Based on the stability of the soil underlying your home’s construction, you should prepare for foundation damage and settling. Even if some settlement is to be expected, it only becomes dangerous settlement when it results in cracks and other issue signals around the foundation. As a result of the hydrostatic pressure, which occurs when water saturates the soil around a foundation and causes pressure, heavy fall rains can harm the foundation and degrade its sturdiness.
Crawl Space Encapsulation & Repair in Moberly, Missouri
Your crawl space is highly susceptible to soil expansion and contraction because of the fertile, clay-like soils in the Moberly area. As a result of clay soils’ ability to retain water, it expands when wet and contracts when dry. During this process, your crawl space’s structure becomes unstable. It is even more crucial that you get your crawl space encased to safeguard it against mildew, excessive condensation, and other effects of water damage because Moberly and the Missouri area experience high rainfall and flooding in the fall. Crawl space encapsulation can help homeowners in Moberly prevent their crawl space from failing while exposed to the outdoor climate.
Concrete Lifting in Moberly, Missouri
Your Moberly home’s concrete will likely be affected in some way due to the expansive clay soils. Clay soil is prone to cracking and unevenness due to shrinkage and expansion. You may notice that the concrete around your property is settling due to heavy rainfall in the fall. Aside from that, soil washout harms the overall quality of the afflicted area’s soil. Erosive forces increase, causing the soil to deteriorate even more rapidly. Over time, soil erosion becomes increasingly severe as a result of these factors. Both your house and your concrete suffer as a result of this action.
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The freeze-thaw effect refers to the cycle that liquid goes through when it freezes and then thaws. The reason you should worry about the freeze-thaw effect as a homeowner is because of what it can do to your crawl space, basement, and concrete slabs. When liquid freezes into ice, it expands by about 9%. It may not seem like it, but expanding ice has the ability to tear through concrete and displace soil.
During the winter, as the snow falls and melts throughout the days, the soil under your concrete gets saturated with water. When it’s time for that moisture to freeze, the expanding ice displaces the soil only to leave gaps once it melts. These gaps loosen up the soil and cause concrete settling, which is why you might notice that your concrete feels a bit wobbly after a long winter. It doesn’t help that the freeze-thaw cycle also creates micro-tears in the concrete, thus making it more porous and allowing more moisture to reach the soil. If you’re not careful, the freeze-thaw effect can debilitate your concrete to the point where it cracks under the slightest hint of weight.
That soil displacement also happens around your foundation. The soil right around it is already incredibly porous due to the way it was filled in when the foundation was built, but with the freeze-thaw cycle, the clay bowl effect will only be amplified. By the time spring comes around and all the moisture from the soil melts, the hydrostatic pressure will be in full effect. A proper foundation drainage solution is the only way to minimize the damage caused by the freeze-thaw effect. The less groundwater surrounding the foundation, the less water damage will take place.
Getting rid of the groundwater around your foundation is impossible without waterproofing solutions. After all, you aren’t able to see what’s going on below your yard. There are two things that Foundation Recovery Systems recommends for homeowners that wish to drain groundwater from their foundation. One is a sump pump and the other is a perimeter drain.
The sump pump is placed inside the foundation and it is capable of collecting water that flows into the basement as well as the surrounding groundwater. Whenever enough water gets collected into the sump pit, the unit will pump out the water away from the foundation, so it’s not something that will run constantly. The only time you can hear it running constantly is after a big storm when the sump pump has a lot of water to drain. Moberly, MO gets many storms in the spring, so we suggest getting a sump pump with a battery back-up that can be used if the primary one fails, which is what happens to many sump pumps that overwork themselves after a storm.
A perimeter drainage system is also installed inside the basement. A shallow trench is excavated around the edge of the basement and gravel is poured in. The drain itself is placed on top of the gravel and then the trench is covered up. Placing the perimeter drain right at the wall-floor joint is deliberate, as this is where there’s groundwater seepage when there’s hydrostatic pressure. Besides waterproofing solutions, you may also want to consider re-grading your yard so that water flows away from the foundation whenever it rains.
A sagging floor is one of the many signs of foundation problems. There are multiple foundation issues that cause sagging floors, so carefully inspect your foundation to clear any doubts and start planning for repairs. The first problem could be wood rot on the floor joists. When a foundation is wet, the humidity opens the door for all sorts of fungal growth, including rotting wooden joists. The fungus eats the wood to survive and as a result, the wood either softens up or breaks apart.
On a related note, in crawl spaces that are frequently flooded with water, it is often the case that the wooden posts are waterlogged. Wood is an absorbent material capable of taking in a lot of water at a time. As the water gets absorbed, the wood’s cells change to accommodate the moisture, expands, and becomes softer. Even if your crawl space is no longer flooded with water, once wood has softened up, it can never go back to its previous firmness and strength. This, of course, affects the way the wood supports your floorboards.
Another reason why your floor is sagging has to do with foundation settling. When a foundation settles, the house begins to shift to one side, and this can have a major effect on the way the floor joists or posts hold up the floorboards. You would need to look for other signs of foundation settling in your foundation and around your home as well to determine if this is what is causing your floor to sag. If it is, the problem can be fixed with the use of helical or push piers. For dirt crawl spaces, sometimes what’s needed is a crawl space support jack to aid the joists.
Concrete slabs settle because of soil erosion, so the best way to prevent settling is to limit the soil’s exposure to water. This is easier said than done, however, and there’s no way to completely stop soil erosion. However, it is still possible to minimize the damage and prolong the soil erosion process for as long as possible. To do this, you need to first think about which concrete slabs you are able to cover. By blocking out the rain and snow, you can prevent the moisture from seeping past the concrete and reaching the soil.
Realistically, it would be best to get a driveway cover to deter driveway settling. Slabs that are bound to get wet no matter what (pool deck slabs or slabs near a garden you water) should not be covered in case they get moldy. You can also plant small trees or some sort of foliage capable of providing some shade for your walkway slabs. During winter, make sure that you shovel the snow off of the slab as much as you can. Other than that, there is nothing else you can do to prevent concrete settling besides watching out for problem signs.
The initial stages of settling takes a long time, but afterwards, it doesn’t take long for the slab to experience significant damage. If the soil underneath the slab is loose, all it takes is for someone to drive their car over the slab to either cause it to settle more or break it. A broken concrete slab is a lot more difficult to repair than one that is intact, so if you want to save money, you need to prevent cracks as well as settling. To prevent severe settling and breakage, keeping an eye out for problem signs and then getting repairs done is paramount.
PolyRenewal™ is one of the most innovative concrete lifting solutions on the market. If you are interested in PolyRenewal™ for the concrete slabs on your property, you can call Foundation Recovery Systems so that our local contractors can lift your concrete. PolyRenewal™ is not available commercially, so you won’t be able to find it elsewhere. This method of concrete lifting is pretty straightforward and simple, which tricks many into believing they can replicate the results of PolyRenewal™ on their own. However, we strongly advise that you contact professionals for slab lifting repairs.
There are many different DIY tutorials that claim that concrete can be lifted with successful results by the average homeowner. However, the materials used in those tutorials are much like the cement used in mudjacking. They erode, wash away with time, and are heavy enough to displace the soil. These DIY solutions simply aren’t made to be long-term solutions, so you’ll be dealing with the same problem later on. Many homeowners wish to save some money by repairing things themselves, but by having to repair things twice, they are losing money.
It is also difficult to replicate the exact results of PolyRenewal™. Polyurethane foam is a synthetic material that can be bought, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll have the right tools or knowledge to inject it under the slab properly. You’ll need to know just how much polyurethane foam to inject under the slab. Inject too much, and your slab will stay uneven, but if you inject too little, you’ll risk breaking the slab because of the unevenly distributed polyurethane. Most settled concrete slabs are structurally weak, so drilling has the potential to break the slab, and once that happens, you might need to look towards replacements and not repairs.
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