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Overland Park Home Maintenance

Overland Park Home Maintenance: Your Home’s Foundation

It’s scary to think of what can happen if you don’t pay attention to your home’s foundation. This is a perfect example of my neighbors who overlooked the most important aspect of home maintenance. They had a finished basement and didn’t realize their foundation had cracked. It happens to homeowners all the time. Catching it early is the key to preventing what they experienced.

Believe me when I tell you there are a whole lot of foundation companies you should not use. I remember a past client who called me years ago telling me she had to jack her house up at the cost of thousands of dollars to repair her foundation. When I went over there to see what she was describing, I suggested that she call my structural engineer to get a second opinion. His advice was there was nothing major that needed to be done. For less than $1,000, she corrected the issues that were going to cost her around $15,000 had she gone with the advice from the other company.

Maintain your home’s foundation with these 3 easy tips:

  1. Walk around the exterior of your house and look for hairline cracks to the foundation. If your basement isn’t finished, do the same thing inside. Pay attention to doors not closing properly etc., in case anything is shifting. Fix any minor cracks in your concrete with epoxy. Clean them out and fill with epoxy material specifically made for concrete crack repair. If the cracks are more than hairline, you might want to get a professional opinion from someone who is not on my DO NOT CALL LIST.
  2. During a drought, monitor the dirt right up against your foundation. If you see a gap between the dirt and your foundation, you need to water. Make sure your dirt meets your foundation walls. Add foundation dirt as needed and slope it away from your house so rain water runs downhill versus down into your basement.
  3. Monitor your drainage by keeping your gutters cleaned out and tree limbs trimmed away from your roof line. Your home’s downspouts should be discharging water away from your foundation by at least 5 feet.

Take a quick look around your foundation this weekend and make sure you are setting yourself up for success versus failure like in today’s photo. I spoke to these homeowner’s about the cost of this project and they said it was close to $20,000. That’s a lot of money to spend that could have possibly been avoided. Breaks my heart!

If you need a referral to any reputable foundation people, give me a call at (913) 515-3250. Do not hire anyone until you verify they are not on my DO NOT CALL LIST.

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