Spring Thaw and Waterproofing

Spring Thaw and Waterproofing

  This winter has been brutal for some with sub-zero temperatures, record snowfalls, and large amounts of rain. But, there is a bright spot on the horizon: Spring is near! There is something to be cautious of though with the approaching change in seasons. Along with the warmth of spring comes the thawing of the snow and ice. The ground is saturated and frozen, but the snow above the ground has to go somewhere when it melts. There are many things that can happen if the soil around your home gets oversaturated. It may trickle into the basement through small … Read More

Five Reasons To Use Carbon Fiber and One Reason Not To

Five Reasons To Use Carbon Fiber and One Reason Not To

Five Reasons to Use Carbon Fiber and One Reason Not To We announced last month that we offered Rhino Carbon Fiber as one of the many outstanding tools that we use to repair your home. Carbon fiber supports are a great resource, but don’t take our word for it. Here are five reasons to use carbon fiber for your home repairs and one instance where you may not want to implement it. Reasons to Use Carbon Fiber Wall Supports In the past, if your foundation walls were leaning or bowing, your only option was the installation of steel I-beams. The … Read More

Rhino Carbon Fiber Wall Supports

Rhino Carbon Fiber Wall Supports

Rhino Carbon Fiber Wall Supports Rapid Foundation Repair is proud to offer Rhino Carbon Fiber products as one of our many tools for foundation repair. If you have a bowed wall, Rhino Carbon Fiber can secure and stabilize your foundation. There is nothing stronger on the market and we want you to have a strong and secure foundation. Make Rhino Carbon Fiber Work for You The patented system by Rhino works by securing the foundation floor and the house framing. The carbon fiber strip is attached to the sill plate with a galvanized bracket. The other end is secured to … Read More

Winter’s Coming to South Dakota! Be Prepared!

Winter’s Coming to South Dakota! Be Prepared!

Winter’s Coming to South Dakota! Be Prepared! Dealing with home repairs in the summer is bad enough, but when something happens in the winter, the problems multiply. Take the time while the weather is bearable to prepare your home for the South Dakota winters. Make sure your foundation is protected against cold, snow, ice, and water. Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your home’s foundation, so make sure that you are ready for Old Man Winter. Take Care of the Outside First You should probably work on the outside of your home first, that way, if the weather does turn, … Read More

Drought Causing Concerns Across South Dakota

Drought Causing Concerns Across South Dakota

Drought Causing Concerns Across South Dakota Should You Be Concerned About Your Foundation? There are quite a few articles you can read online about the worsening drought in South Dakota. Farmers are worried, meteorologists are worried, but should you be worried about your home? Your foundation? Read more: Drought Worsening in South Dakota¬† The answer is definitely yes. Many people aren’t aware of what a drought can do to your foundation. So here is the breakdown for you. 1. Soil shrinkage: Weather affects the soil that is the base of support for your foundation. If it rains too much, it … Read More

Can Water Break My Foundation?

Can Water Break My Foundation?

Can Water Break My Foundation? With Spring just arriving and storms, rain, and snow melt are a common occurrence, the question “can water break my foundation” is a real concern.¬† While standing water can cause a multitude of problems as Spring progresses, none of them can cost you more than foundation problems. When it rains, if you don’t have the proper drainage and grading around your home and foundation, water will find its way into your home. The concrete in your foundation is porous for one thing. The other thing is that a lot of water can build up around … Read More

When to Waterproof your South Dakota Home

When to Waterproof your South Dakota Home

  South Dakota and the other areas we serve including parts of Nebraska and Wyoming can really take a hit when it comes to the effects of weather on your home’s foundation, basement, or crawlspace. It’s hard to know when to waterproof. Rain and cold weather can effect cracks in concrete, and make it difficult to fix problems that occur during the cold and rainy seasons of the year. So how do you know when to repair your waterproofing problems? The “WHEN” to Waterproof Question isn’t Easy to Answer The answer isn’t simple! There are certain types of repairs like … Read More

Ice is Nice, Except When it Comes to Your Foundation

Ice is Nice, Except When it Comes to Your Foundation

Snow and Ice can Harm your Foundation in South Dakota, Wyoming, & Nebraska Most people think of the common problems we see from ice and snow. You may have to shovel your driveway or clean off your car. Most people don’t think about how snow and ice might affect your home, specifically the foundation of your Nebraska, South Dakota or Wyoming home. Here is what to listen and look for. You might notice a popping or cracking show. This could mean that ice has formed in cracks in your foundation. When water freezes and thaws you might hear a popping … Read More

Prepare Your Home for Winter

Prepare Your Home for Winter

Winter is Coming – Is your Foundation Prepared? The winter months bring joy and many festivities, but it also brings cold temperatures and often snow and ice along with it. When temperatures fluctuate between below freezing and above freezing, it causes the soil to expand and contract which puts pressure on your home’s foundation. This can create cracks in your foundation and cause bowing and leaning walls. If your home does not have a good drainage system, melting snow or ice will leak through those cracks and cause water damage. If ignored, this could make your home’s foundation shift and … Read More

Concrete Cracks

Concrete Cracks

Concrete Cracks: Nuisance or Bigger Problem? It’s very common for concrete to develop cracks, scaling, ,pitting and crazing. All concrete has the tendency to crack, but how do you know if the cracks in your concrete are a major problem or just a nuisance? Your concrete slabs and walls can expand and shrink with changes in the weather. It is more common for concrete to shrink and this is what will cause cracking when the concrete is newer. These cracks can be unsightly, but the good news is they usually don’t mean that the integrity of the concrete is compromised. … Read More