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The constant rain that falls yearly in Springfield, MO has a detrimental effect on any foundation that doesn’t have the right waterproofing solutions.

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Basement & Crawl Space Waterproofing in Springfield, MO

It rains constantly throughout the year in Springfield, MO. The average annual precipitation is 44.71 inches, much higher than the national average (30.21 inches). With all that rain, homeowners who don’t have a waterproof foundation often have problems with flooding, leaks, mold, and humidity.

There are many different ways water and water vapor enter a foundation. Sometimes, rainwater can seep through the basement window or through gaps in the crawl space wall. Concrete is porous, so water vapor can permeate through the walls and increase the humidity levels of the foundation, promoting mold growth and insect infestations. If you don’t spend much time in your home’s sub-level, you might not think the moisture levels of your crawl space or basement is something you have to worry about, but because of things like the stack effect and wood rot, the state of your foundation has a profound effect on the rest of your home.

To avoid dealing with high energy bills and structural failure, you need to waterproof your foundation. Foundation Recovery Systems has multiple waterproofing solutions that will protect your foundation from water damage and flooding. If you have problems with excessive flooding, one of our sump pumps will do the trick. A dehumidifier will eliminate the moisture in the air, and since it can be connected to the sump pump, the water gets immediately pumped out.

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Springfield, MO Foundation Repair

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Past 16 inches, the soil in Springfield, MO contains quite a bit of clay. Soils with clay in it are a problem for foundations because of the way they react to moisture. Clay soils retain water, making it very difficult for the water to drain away. This means that the soil surrounding your foundation contains a lot of moisture. If too much groundwater accumulates, it can exert an incredible amount of pressure on your basement walls.

Concrete walls are resilient, but even they buckle under hundreds of pounds of groundwater. Bowing basement walls change the way the entire foundation supports your home. Excessive flooding, sagging floors, and cracks along the walls are only some of the structural problems you can experience if you allow your foundation to deteriorate. To fix bowing walls, they need to be stabilized with the use of wall anchors or a wall bracing system.

Bowing walls due to hydrostatic pressure from groundwater isn’t the only structural problem your foundation could face. Foundation settling can happen to any home, so as soon as you spot the signs, you can call your local foundation repair experts at Foundation Recovery Systems. Foundation settling occurs when the soil under your foundation gives way to erosion, causing the house to sink. To fix the problem, we support systems like helical and push piers to stop the settling.

Concrete Lifting in Springfield, MO

While the soil in Springfield, MO contains a lot of clay in its subsoil, the topsoil is fine, grainy, and lacking in any kind of clay, humus, and other organic materials. While clay soils retain water, grainy soils get washed away in a stream of water. Soil washout can occur even in soil that is underneath a concrete slab.

Take a look at the edge of a slab that is next to the soil on your lawn. If there is a void that allows you to see under the slab, the soil has washed out. When soil washes out like this, it opens the door for even more water to flow under the slab and wash out the soil even more—even the soil that is protected from the concrete.

When your concrete slabs or concrete steps no longer have an even layer of soil that is capable of supporting it, they settle. Your pool deck, driveway, garage floor, and walkways can become uneven, making it difficult for you to traverse through your own property. Luckily, if a slab settles, it doesn’t mean that the slab itself needs to be replaced. It can be evened out with a concrete lifting material like PolyRenewal™.

With PolyRenewal™, contractors from Foundation Recovery Systems inject polyurethane foam underneath the settled structure. The foam fills in the void caused by washout and the expanding foam lifts the slab to its original position.

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The stack effect is a term used to describe the way air flows into your home. If your crawl space or basement is unventilated and has many openings in which air from the outside gets in, the temperature in your home will get affected. The stack effect can affect homes during the summer and the winter, but in Springfield, MO, it affects homes the most during summer. The nearly unbearable humid air from the outside enters the home through the foundation and rises into the upper portions of the house. Humid, warm air is lighter than dry, cold air, so as long as the foundation is humid, the air down there will mingle with the air in your living space.

Because warm air is constantly infiltrating your home, your AC has to work overtime to keep things cool. Homeowners with foundation problems often find themselves setting their AC at much lower temperatures during the summer, meaning that the compressor has to consume more energy. Overtaxing the compressor and running the AC for longer means more energy consumption and higher energy bills. During the winter, the same can happen with your HVAC system, but because winters in Springfield are cold but not extreme, you may not feel like your home is very cold. Still, subtle problems signs like cold floors will still be there to indicate that you need to do something about your foundation.

Besides changing the temperature in your home, the stack effect also takes all the mold spores from your foundation and spreads them around, causing more mold growth. The best way to combat the problems that the stack effect brings is to waterproof and insulate your foundation. Waterproofing will help keep the air in your crawl space or basement fresh and clean while insulation will stop air from entering and leaving your foundation. For insulation, the best materials are those that are non-absorbent, since those tend to break down after taking in too much moisture. Insulation panels like ExTremeBloc™ are reflective instead of absorbent, making them the best insulation type for your foundation.

Standing water in your basement isn’t the only thing you should worry about as a homeowner. Humid air promotes mold growth and wood rot, so a damp basement can still cause structural damage even when it’s safe from flooding. To truly have a healthy basement, you need to make sure that water vapor has no way of getting inside. Water vapor doesn’t just come from the moisture in standing water, it can also come from the soil outside. Because the soil that surrounds your basement has clay and retains water, the moisture from the groundwater is able to seep through the concrete, which is a porous material.

Vapor barriers are the best way to stop water vapor from entering your basement. They are made of polyethylene, a synthetic plastic with dense molecules capable of blocking off water vapor. Our WallSeal™ Basement Wall Vapor Barrier is 20-mil in thickness and has a built-in anti-microbial coating to discourage mold growth. That is partially what sets it apart from a regular sheet of plastic: normal plastic cannot withstand years of water exposure, so it will potentially harbor bacteria, which mold can feast on. With WallSeal™, you never have to worry about having a bacteria-infested sheet on your walls.

Our vapor barrier is made with multiple layers for two reasons: to make sure that the water vapor has a difficult time passing through and to guarantee that the sheets themselves are not damaged. Polyethylene is an incredibly resistant material on its own, much more so than plastic. While a simple scrape with a sharp corner can create a tear in a normal sheet, WallSeal™ is durable and capable and puncture-resistant. It can also work in tandem with our BasementGutter™ interior drain to catch all the moisture that seeps through the wall.

Helical piers and push piers are support systems that stabilize settling foundations. They both have the same goal (to stabilize a foundation), but their installation process and functionality differ slightly. Helical piers are solid, steel rods that have been coated in zinc to fight off corrosion. This is incredibly important because the soil in Springfield, MO is incredibly acidic, so the system must be anti-corrosive to combat this. Helical piers have welded helix blades at one end of the shaft, making it easier for contractors to drive the rod down and install it in the soil.

Push piers are also galvanized to fight off corrosion, but they are hollow instead of solid. They do not have helix blades and are instead pushed into the ground by a hydraulic machine. Both pier systems are then secured to the house and the weight of the foundation is transferred to the load-bearing soil layers deep underground. These soil layers are dense and deep enough to not be affected by moisture as much as the upper soil layers are. Once the piers are installed, they also have the potential to straighten out the uneven homes.

While helical piers rely on being driven into the ground until reaching the required soil depths, push piers need a bit more than that to function. Push piers hold up a foundation by exerting a large amount of upwards pressure, but in order to stay in the soil, the house needs to exert an equal amount of pressure. Because of this, push piers are best used for bigger homes that weigh enough to act as a counter-weight for the pier. You won’t have to worry about figuring out which pier system your home needs, however, since this is decided by the contractor upon inspection.

Bowing basement walls are the result of an accumulation of groundwater against your basement wall. To stop the bowing, a great pressure needs to be applied to the inside of the basement so it can push back against the hydrostatic pressure. There are three different solutions we offer at Foundation Recovery Systems for bowing walls. The first one is carbon fiber straps, which are used on walls that are bowing less than two inches forward. The carbon fiber straps are adhered to the wall with high-strength epoxy resin, ensuring stable reinforcement.

Next, we offer wall anchors for more advanced settling. Holes are excavated outside adjacent the bowing wall and anchors are placed inside. Then, holes are drilled into the basement walls so that steel rods can be pushed through until they can be attached to the wall anchors. The portion of the rod that is still sticking out of the basement wall is used to secure a steel plate onto the wall. The plate and rod are bolted together and as the bolt is tightened, the wall is stabilized.

If there isn’t enough space for excavation or you simply want a solution with a less intrusive installation process, you can go with IntelliBrace™. With IntelliBrace™, steel I-beams are secured across the entire wall vertically. The beams are secured at the top and bottom with specialized brackets that are designed to fit well with your floor joists.

PolyRenewal™ is a modern method of lifting a concrete slab that streamlines the process in a way that other methods cannot. First, contractors determine where the polyurethane foam needs to be injected. Then, several holes are drilled into the concrete so that the foam can be injected. These holes are small, so even weak concrete can be repaired without compromising its structure. The polyurethane foam is injected using a small, handheld device that makes repairs in tight spots easy.

The foam expands while under the concrete and contractors make sure that there is enough to lift the slab. With concrete lifting methods like mudjacking, contractors need to rely on the pressure caused by pumping in a slurry of cement under the slab to lift it. This can cause problems with blowouts sometimes. PolyRenewal™ doesn’t have that problem, so the process is safe, easy, and can be completed in no time. Once the concrete has been lifted, the holes are patched up and the polyurethane is left to cure.

Polyurethane can cure in 15 to 30 minutes. You can use the slabs around your property like you normally would in as little as half an hour after repairs are done. PolyRenewal™ can be used to repair concrete slabs or concrete steps around your property, whether it’s your driveway, patio, or pool deck. So, if you want efficiency and convenience, call Foundation Repair Solutions for a free inspection.

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Foundation Recovery Systems installed 11 helical piers on the sinking addition to our house. First, our inspector/estimator, Tanner, was…

Foundation Recovery Systems installed 11 helical piers on the sinking addition to our house. First, our inspector/estimator, Tanner, was very informative, listened well to our concerns, and was easy to communicate with. After work was completed, Tanner followed up with a phone call to make sure we were pleased with the crew's work. Our crew foreman, Jon, and the rest of the crew were very professional and very hard working. Jon communicated with me clearly about what they were doing and why each step of the way. He also kept me informed of obstacles they encountered and how they were solving them. The crew accidentally damaged some window trim and an exterior door threshold, but Jon told me immediately about it and the company has reimbursed us every penny for repairs. The crew completed their work and we are so happy we hired FRS!

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Chris and Hunter are perfectionist in their craft. When faced with difficulties, their persistence to get it right for their customer,…

Chris and Hunter are perfectionist in their craft. When faced with difficulties, their persistence to get it right for their customer, proved fruitful; providing great results in raising our sidewalk and driveway.Brandon and Will are two hard working guys and total professional gentlemen. We couldn't be more happy with the end result provided. After a groulling day of digging, jack hammering, then digging, digging and more digging these two do not know the word quit. Amazing job from start to finish.Jared…cannot forget the guy who started this process. He helped to make a dreaded task, seamless and effortless for us. From the estimate process, financing, straight to set up date for the work completion. Jared's knowledgeable, friendly and approachable personality was a joy to work with.

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James(Jay) was polite, knowledgeable and overall great to work with. He addressed the issues I have with my steps and provided a solution…

James(Jay) was polite, knowledgeable and overall great to work with. He addressed the issues I have with my steps and provided a solution without being pushy. He looks out for his customers best interest. I highly recommend him!

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Nick mata was a great guy and told us everything we need to know without any questions

Nick mata was a great guy and told us everything we need to know without any questions

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Patrick was very helpful.

Patrick was very helpful.

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Shae was very helpful and thorough! I'm very thankful.

Shae was very helpful and thorough! I'm very thankful.

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Very professional young men, went beyond what was expected. They knew what they were doing

Very professional young men, went beyond what was expected. They knew what they were doing

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Jeffrey did a thorough inspection and addressed my concerns in regards to my concrete cracking. He was able to schedule me to get it lifted …

Jeffrey did a thorough inspection and addressed my concerns in regards to my concrete cracking. He was able to schedule me to get it lifted and fixed that same day at a reasonable and fair price. I expect the installation to go well but will update if anything changes.

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Sales manager Kevin Estes did a great job of inspecting my building and recommending appropriate solutions. He was friendly, professional,…

Sales manager Kevin Estes did a great job of inspecting my building and recommending appropriate solutions. He was friendly, professional, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. I hope the products perform as well!

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Josh E, Da'Shawn K, Lueck W, and Logan R. spent the day at our house yesterday resolving a difficult situation with the leveling of our…

Josh E, Da'Shawn K, Lueck W, and Logan R. spent the day at our house yesterday resolving a difficult situation with the leveling of our house. They worked tirelessly and were a joy to be around. They were very thoughtful and careful as they sought to do the best they could to make our 1961 house as level as possible. Thank You!

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Ryan Howard explained the job thoroughly and calmed my nerves about the water coming my basement. He was extremely professional and…

Ryan Howard explained the job thoroughly and calmed my nerves about the water coming my basement. He was extremely professional and knowledgeable about the job. I would recommend Ryan H to anyone. What a great personality.

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Foundation problems suck, let's be honest. Cody Shipley walked us through the options and helped us find something that worked with…

Foundation problems suck, let's be honest. Cody Shipley walked us through the options and helped us find something that worked with us.Furthermore, I'm impressed at the hoops the crew installing it had to go through. Our neighborhood streets are being worked on by the city and they had to deal with our street potentially getting closed without notice. They had a plan if it came to that, but thankfully it didn't.

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Chris was great to work with for my inspection and estimate. Look forward to getting work done on my crawlspace.

Chris was great to work with for my inspection and estimate. Look forward to getting work done on my crawlspace.

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The work of Brandon C, Dylan E, Darrion R, Blake B and Cris B was all incredibly professional and well done. They were respectful of how…

The work of Brandon C, Dylan E, Darrion R, Blake B and Cris B was all incredibly professional and well done. They were respectful of how their heavy machinery needed for the job moved around the yard, put extra care in not damaging things that were in the way of their work and even moved rocks my kids had decorated to a different spot so they wouldn’t get damaged which I felt was above and beyond. They really cared about doing what could be done for our specific porch/foundation fix rather than just doing a generic job.

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I do not typically write reviews but I have to say I could not be more pleased with the exceptional service I received from the Foundation…

I do not typically write reviews but I have to say I could not be more pleased with the exceptional service I received from the Foundation Recovery Team in Lees Summit. Shayne, Dakota, Landon and Tyler were outstanding! They thoughtfully guided us through every step of the process and ensured we understood what was going to happen to ease our nerves. It is scary having your entire house lifted, and they were so knowledgable and transparent that I felt confident leaving my house while the work was being done. They were on-time, considerate and trustworthy. Our house is back to level, the big gaps between our foundation and doors are closed, and our floor is now level. I am thrilled with the work they did and will sleep well at night knowing our homes foundation is fixed!

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Kevin Creed came to my home to perform the 1st year of annual maintenance on a project that was done previously. He did high quality work,…

Kevin Creed came to my home to perform the 1st year of annual maintenance on a project that was done previously. He did high quality work, he answered all of my questions, and he was extremely detail-oriented. He had no problem multitasking. He was quick thinking, accurate, and thorough. FRS is fortunate to have him on their team.

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We’ve used foundation repair system with repairs on 3/4 of our foundation walls.Just had Dalton Campbell out to inspect the system. and…

We’ve used foundation repair system with repairs on 3/4 of our foundation walls.Just had Dalton Campbell out to inspect the system. and we’ll be hiring them to repair the 4th.Every time we’ve used them they have been professional and completed high quality work. The walls they have repaired are stabilized and have remained stabilized.

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Foundation Revovery Systems has reached out and is assisting me with my issues. It was quick to act on my concerns, so I've adjusted this…

Foundation Revovery Systems has reached out and is assisting me with my issues. It was quick to act on my concerns, so I've adjusted this and will adjust reflect more positively if things are remedied as indicated.***UPDATE: The company has gone above and beyond to remedy the situation. I would recommend this company.****PROS:>> Company itself is responsive (but not always its employees, such as the salesman)>> Quick scheduling (but they did delay a work or so, but they refunded me $100 after asking)>> Did installation correctly to my knowledge (but grading outside house should have been mentioned before offering the $6,000 fix)>> Individuals working the project (and those who followed up) were pleasant

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great customer service !!! great presentation and knowledge

great customer service !!! great presentation and knowledge

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Jordon was very professional and answered all our questions throughly. He was very honest and informative about the work that will be…

Jordon was very professional and answered all our questions throughly. He was very honest and informative about the work that will be done and why. He is very kind, personable and trustworthy. We are very pleased with his representation of this excellent service of restoration. Thank you!!! 😊

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Springfield, MO Local Office

Foundation Recovery Systems

3020 N. Martin Ave.
Springfield, MO 65803
(417) 612-8286

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday: 6 am – 10 pm
Saturday: 7 am – 10 pm
Sunday: 9 am – 10 pm


Serving Springfield, Branson, Joplin and Bentonville

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3349 Southgate Ct SW,
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Decatur, IL 62526

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Kansas City, MO 64153
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211 SE State Route 150
Lee's Summit, MO 64082
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1401 US-24
Moberly, MO 65270
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3020 N. Martin Ave.
Springfield, MO 65803
(417) 612-8286
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1625 Larkin Williams rd.
Fenton, MO 63026
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