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    Cracks in basement floor and walls

    In the last few months I have seen a large crack in the basement floor and cracks in interior walls. I would like to have someone come out and take a look but I don't want it to be a foundation repair company because I don't think I'll get an objective opinion. Any ideas as to what kind of company o should call? I'm in the Kansas city area. Also, how much does piering typically cost, if it turns out I need that?



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    Re: Cracks in basement floor and walls

    Residential structural engineer. In Texas, they only inspect and recommend the best treatment if necessary but do not do the repairs. I'd guess you could find someone that provides similar service in KC.


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    Re: Cracks in basement floor and walls

    A locally licensed professional geotechnical engineer will be able to help more than a structural engineer, since your problems likely stem from soil problems. They usually have established relationships with professional structural engineers and can make a solid recommendation should you need one.



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    Re: Cracks in basement floor and walls

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUAgronomist View Post
    Residential structural engineer. In Texas, they only inspect and recommend the best treatment if necessary but do not do the repairs. I'd guess you could find someone that provides similar service in KC.
    We had this done at my house in cedar rapids not too many years ago.



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    Re: Cracks in basement floor and walls

    Maybe the KC drought has caused the local water table to go down....


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    Re: Cracks in basement floor and walls

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    Maybe the KC drought has caused the local water table to go down....
    Structures always see the most movement (and problems) during periods of extreme drought (Soil Shrinkage) or precipitation (Soil Swelling).



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    Re: Cracks in basement floor and walls

    We just had a similar issue with our house due to the drought this fall. Luckily, we were able to fix the crack with anchors ($550/each) instead of piers ($1250/each) due to the type of crack. With both piers and anchors, I'm pretty sure they recommend having one every 5'-6'. You can do the calculation on how much it should cost given those prices.

    If you have to do piers, make sure to see if the quoted price is all the way down to bedrock or just to a certain depth. Some companies will charge extra per foot after 30' or so.



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    Re: Cracks in basement floor and walls

    that does not sound cheap

    t's and p's bro


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    Re: Cracks in basement floor and walls

    Hey, maybe you can super water around your foundation before it freezes.....I keeeed....


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    Re: Cracks in basement floor and walls

    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndCyCE View Post
    Structures always see the most movement (and problems) during periods of extreme drought (Soil Shrinkage) or precipitation (Soil Swelling).
    i read numerous newspaper and Internet articles this past summer and fall regarding basement and foundation issues due to the severe drought. I recall repair companies mentioning the long lead times due to the spike in activity.



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