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A Good Foundation by Bracing in Kansas City, Missouri
We have all seen movies about disasters that destroy entire cities. San Francisco and Los Angeles get wiped out by the “Big One” earthquake or New York is hit by a tsunami leaving only the torch of the Statue of Liberty above water. We emerge from the movies wondering if such a disaster can hit close to our homes.
People living in the Midwest, like Kansas and Missouri, have a real concern with tornadoes that can demolish a home leaving only the foundation intact. But Midwesterners also need to be concerned about earth movement that can crack the foundation and cause structural damage to a building even on a calm sunny afternoon with little wind.
While it is highly doubtful that a major earthquake will rock Kansas City, the area is prone to smaller seismic activity that may cause some damage. If that happens then JLB Foundation & Basement Waterproofing is there to repair the damage and get you prepared for the next temblor with a new foundation or bracing for your home in Kansas City, Missouri.
With over 18 years of experience, JLB Foundation Repair & Basement Waterproofing has been serving the KC area since 2016 with foundation repair and replacement, basement and crawlspace waterproofing, plus grading and drainage systems. If your house has become unlevel due to water eroding the soil beneath your foundation, JLB Foundation Repair & Basement Waterproofing is an expert in mudjacking to get your house leveled while the cause of the soil erosion is discovered and repaired.
Fracking and Water
The frequency of small earthquakes in the Kansas City area has increased in recent years. Some believe that this is a consequence of fracking, where high-pressure water mixed with other liquids and materials is injected into the ground to release trapped pockets of oil. The oil itself is not the problem. For every barrel of oil pumped to the surface, there are about 15 or 16 barrels of oily water residue that is put back into the ground. It is thought by some that the added water causes a pressure buildup near a fault line causing it to rupture and rattle the ground above.
Other Destructive Forces
An earthquake will result in immediate visible damage to a foundation but there are four other forces that work slowly to damage the concrete below your house:
- Plant roots worm their way into a small crack as hair-like roots and begin to grow when they find a source of water.
- The soil undergoes some natural settling and is unable to support the concrete.
- Water seeps into small cracks and freezes on a cold Kansas City winter night. Water has the odd characteristic of expanding when it freezes, and this can turn a small hairline crack into an ugly crack running the length of your basement floor.
- Daily and seasonal temperature fluctuations will cause an expansion and contraction cycle that will eventually fatigue weaker areas in a foundation.
If your original concrete foundation was not poured correctly then this will certainly result in the need for replacement or other action like bracing to correct the problem. Folks who need bracing in Kansas City, Missouri, will need the services of a professional like JLB Foundation Repair & Basement Waterproofing to make sure this work will be a permanent solution and not just a stop-gap fix. Call today at 816-656-6835 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for an estimate.Bracing Kansas City Missouri
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