Footing Support Pier Kansas City

Footing Support Pier Kansas City

(Photo) The King Pier II under the footing after it was raised back 1 -1/4″.  The final step will be to encase the King Pier to the top of the footing with High Strength Concrete, Reinforced with Fiber)

5/23/17

If you’ve read some of my past Blogs in reference to the new Footing Support Pier that is saving homeowners thousands of dollars on foundation repair.

When a home is built, the builder goes directly by the specifications in the town’s Public Works Department.  The specifications will show the footing built to the minimum requirement.  In the Midwest most footing are 2ft in width and around 8″ in thickness.  This is the minimum the builder can build the footings.  The builder of the homes will not overbuild the footings knowing it will keep the home from ever having a failed footing but instead builds it to the standard minimum.  It cost the builder to build big footings causing less profits.

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Now there is a pier system that guarantees to lift the sunken footing back to it’s correct level elevation every time with  no exceptions.  The King Pier I is the world’s biggest and strongest foundation pier.  The King Piers Footing Support Pier System has a perfect record of raising footings back to level ranging from 1/2″ to the biggest lift to date on all 4 sides of the home, a raise of 5″.  No other foundation pier system comes remotely close to this new innovative way using simple physics to raise a home at the footing without causing any additional harm to the walls or footings as all other systems do.

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Posted by Jim King on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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Posted by King Piers LLC on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

King Piers LLC in Blue Springs, Mo. where Matt King finished the 1st step of a 3 step process for proper Epoxy Injection. Stop water infiltration permanently!
816-288-4373

Posted by King Piers LLC on Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Is Your House Sinking? Drought Could be the Cause

Are heat and drought sinking your house? Your foundation could be battling your trees for moisture.

Prolonged drought pits house foundations against deep-rooted trees in a war for water.

You’re probably thinking, “Hey, I’m supposed to keep water away from my foundation, so what gives? Why shouldn’t my trees soak up what water there is?”

Yes, you want to keep water from pooling around your foundation — that’s where your gutters, your downspouts, and properly graded soil comes in — but moist soil actually helps keep homes from settling unevenly, which can lead to cracks in foundations, facades, and walls.

During dry spells, when mature trees and shrubs grab scant moisture, soils shrink and foundations may settle. This can be particularly problematic in areas like the Ohio Valley westward, where homes rest on on “fat clay” — soil that greatly expands and contracts depending on moisture.

If a foundation settles evenly, damage is nil or minimal. But typically moisture levels, sunlight, and landscaping differ on each side of a house, causing soil to dry out and the house to settle unevenly, called “differential settlement.”

Signs your foundation is settling unevenly

  • Cracks in brick, drywall, tile, and stucco.
  • Sloping floors.

Floors slope gradually and are sometimes hard to notice. Use the marble test: Drop a few marbles on the floor and see where and how quickly they roll to the wall: The faster they roll, the greater the slope.

Settlement prevention

The best way to prevent your home from sinking during drought is to keep the soil around your home well hydrated.

  • Dig down about 6 inches; if the soil is bone dry, it needs water.
  • Run a soaker hose around the house about a foot away from the foundation, and let it water the soil until it’s moist — not drenched. That should give nearby drought-stricken trees a drink and keep the soil from contracting.

If you can, a preventative strategy is to plant or transplant trees away from your foundation so roots won’t compete with your house for water during dry spells. Roots extend to edge of the tree’s leaf canopy; so if the branches touch the house, the tree’s too close.

Professional help – Call King Piers LLC at 1-816-288-4373

If you notice cracks, sloping floors, and sticky interior doors, you should call a professional.

  • A structural engineer will inspect your foundation and give you a report for $300-$800.
  • A single crack repair in a poured foundation will cost $400-800, depending on the damage.
  • Stabilizing and supporting a foundation with concrete or steel piers will cost $1,000-$3,000 each.

You don’t have to be a weather geek to be well aware of the severe heat waves and drought that have affected much of the country in recent years. The impact on gardens, once-green lawns and other landscaping is unmistakable.

But what you may not know is that this kind of heat and extended dryness can mean big problems for your home. It can cause the ground beneath your house to harden and crack, and even start moving and sinking.

And of course, when the ground starts to shift it can cause damage to your home’s foundation. Luckily, if you know where to look, these kinds of issues can be spotted and repaired.

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Look for foundation damage outside your home: Crack in Brick Wall

  • Is the brickwork cracked or separated?
  • Is siding or caulking broken or cracked?
  • Has the concrete or soil next to the foundation sunk?
  • Is your gas meter is askew?
  • Is the chimney pulling away from the house?

Spot the signs of foundation damage inside your home

  • How about inside? Do you see any of these problems?
  • Are doors or windows sticking, not shutting properly?
  • Is drywall or plaster cracking?
  • Are there gaps under baseboards or cabinets?
  • Is the basement floor cracked and unlevel?
  • Does the foundation wall have a noticeable bow toward the middle or upper two-thirds?
  • Are foundation cracks offset? (Run your hand over the cracks. If both sides are not on the same plane, the crack is offset and may show movement.)

Of course, each of these symptoms could be attributed to other causes. But if you have one or more issue, you would be wise to have a certified foundation specialist from a qualified foundation repair company inspect your home and provide you with a permanent solution.

If your foundation has begun sinking or settling, for instance, a foundation piering system can be used to permanently level your foundation by using structural steel piers to transfer the weight onto bedrock, or bearing soil. In most cases, it’s possible for this process to even out your walls and floors once again!

This may sound like a big project, but an experienced and professional crew can normally complete a job like this within a few days, with minimal disruption to your life.

Hold off on temporary repairs, fixes

If your home has a possible underlying structural problem, avoid temporary repairs like:

  • Window and door replacements
  • Brick or aluminum siding replacements
  • Mud-jacking of floors and concrete work
  • Extensive drywall and carpentry repairs
  • Tuck pointing

Structural problems will likely deteriorate with time; sometimes suddenly. And that could lead to HUGE problems later on, including:

  • Broken sewer, water or gas lines
  • Collapse of foundation walls
  • The need to replace the entire foundation

Another important tip: we’ve fielded a lot of questions from homeowners who’ve heard they should water their foundations to prevent drought damage. While it’s a practice that might help, it’s not very practical if you consider the amount of watering it would take.

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