Since stone foundations are so common in the Leawood area, it can take some considerable extra care to ensure that homes and foundations are repaired properly without incurring additional damage to the foundation. By working with a local expert in foundation piering, homeowners can support their home’s foundation and prevent future sinking or shifting. Here are some of the ways that the foundation may be repaired, as well as some signs that those repairs are needed.
Piering is the term for installing a pier, or additional support, underneath part of the foundation footing. This pier is driven down to stable bedrock and is then used to support a portion of the foundation structure that needs additional support. Stone foundations, in particular, cannot be raised, but they can be supported so no further settling happens.
Interior drains are a way to control water intrusion by installing a drain that collects and routes the water away from the foundation. In most situations, the route will be an area graded lower than the rest of the foundation that will end in a sump pit where a pump can evacuate the water.
Sump Pump Installation
In some homes, sump pits were never initially installed, as they simply weren’t part of the construction plan. Now, however, they are relatively standard to include in new construction, but older homes will need to have them installed separately. This involves digging the pit and installing the pump and discharge line so that the water can be pumped far away from the foundation.
Crack Filling & Leak Stoppage
Crack filling and stopping leaks are some of the most common repair types that are performed in the Leawood area. We can address cracks and leaks in a variety of ways, including the injection of sealants, to prevent water from infiltrating through those cracks again. Sealing existing cracks can be one of the best ways to prevent more costly damage in the future.