Consumer Alert: Winter Weather Can Mean Trouble for Local Foundations


Consumer Alert: Winter Weather Can Mean Trouble for Local Foundations

Kansas City, February 5, 2013: Due to the changing weather conditions in the Kansas City area– homeowners may be seeing foundation damage that normally does not appear until summer.

In the last few weeks the Kansas City area has seen extreme cold, not enough moisture and above average temperatures all bringing with it conditions that will cause additional structural damage to foundations.

The extreme drought conditions in 2012, the cold temperatures and the lack of moisture our area has received, contribute to make the problem of settling foundations even worse. While the soil contracted last summer due to the lack of precipitation, high temperatures and strong winds, and did not expand as it usually does due to the melting snow, the volume of the soil below your foundation is further decreasing therefore reducing is bearing capacity.
As the seasons change and the soil heats up again – it will contract even more - causing increased foundation settlement.

According to Otto W. Fleck, of Dry Basement® Householder® in Kansas City, “Many homeowners do not expect foundation damage to occur in the winter months. Settlement problems are made worse in the Kansas City metro area where the soil consists largely of clay, which is prone to shrink when moisture evaporates. As soon as you see drywall cracks or sticking doors and windows, it's best to get a reputable foundation repair company to analyze your foundation problem. Many times waiting will allow the soil to contract further and increase the danger of currently stable areas of your home’s foundation to become effected”.

For more information contact Otto W. Fleck at Dry Basement® HouseHolder®

Interview Contact: Otto W. Fleck, CEO Dry Basement, Inc. Telephone: 816-741-8500

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