Can Having Trees Close to Your Home Cause Foundation Problems?

Can Having Trees Close to Your Home Cause Foundation Problems?

Trees and Foundation Problems Many homes have a variety of flora around them, but it might surprise you to learn that it isn’t wise to have large plants, such as bushes or trees close to your home because they can cause foundation problems. Plants can lend a beautiful view, add value to a property, and provide shade, but they may also harm your home’s foundation if not planted and taken care of properly. It all has to do with the root system. Large trees can pull up to 200 gallons of water a day. A group of small trees can … 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

Fireplace Leaks can Indicate Foundation Problems in Your South Dakota Home

Fireplace Leaks can Indicate Foundation Problems in Your South Dakota Home

Fireplace Leaks in Your South Dakota Home Once you start to use your fireplace this winter, you may notice that it is damp inside, or that there is water around the base. This is a sign of fireplace leaks. While you may think that fireplace leaks are little more than cracks or dislodged shingles or flashing on the roof, they could actually be a sign of foundation failure.┬áThat is why it is important that you search the rest of your home for signs of foundation problems, such as foundation cracks, sinking or settlement, uneven floors, basement mold, or sticking windows … Read More

Common Foundation Problems in Nebraska

Common Foundation Problems in Nebraska

When Do You Need Foundation Repair in Nebraska? Homeowners in Nebraska are used to the seasons and the crazy weather that comes with them. Being in tornado alley, Nebraskans have come to expect powerful thunderstorms in the Spring, followed by hot, humid summers and bitterly cold winters. So it’s no surprise that homes in Nebraska can be prone to foundation failure and common foundation problems. When the soil is always shrinking and expanding because of the moisture content, cracking and sinking are bound to occur. The problem begins with poor drainage. Water from Nebraska thunderstorms often begins to pool around … Read More

How to Spot Foundation Problems Before They Become Foundation Failure

How to Spot Foundation Problems Before They Become Foundation Failure

Foundation Failure in South Dakota Spotting foundation problems before they become foundation failure can save you thousands of dollars. The sooner you identify the problems, the easier and less costly it is to fix it. Homes settle over time and a little settlement is not cause for panic. However, you want to be aware of any warning signs that more dramatic changes are taking place. If you find that a door or window begins to stick, cracks appear in walls or floors, a wall is leaning or bowing, these are some of the signs of foundation settlement. Check the outside … Read More

How to Prevent Foundation Problems

How to Prevent Foundation Problems

Foundation Problems Around South Dakota If you have noticed the early signs of foundation problems, don’t leave them unresolved, it will only make matters worse. Signs of foundation problems are: Wall cracks Floor cracks Foundation cracks Sticking doors and windows Bowing walls Garage settlement Wet basement or crawlspace Leaning chimney Being aware of your foundation and its surroundings can prevent foundation problems in the future. The soil around the foundation should be watered in the Winter, Spring, Fall, and Summer to maintain constant moisture without creating a muddy state under the foundation. Adjustments need to be done for changes in … Read More

Foundation Repair Warning Signs

Foundation Repair Warning Signs

How do I know I need foundation repair? Most people take for granted that their house is in healthy shape. Since we are in our homes most days of the year, small things go unnoticed. They become bigger, more troublesome things before we know it. As a homeowner, it’s smart to inspect your own home a few times a year at least. Watch for the warning signs of foundation failure. You are your home’s best advocate. Rapid Foundation Repair wants to help you protect your home. Watch for these signs of foundation pressure, failure, and settlement: Wall cracks Floor cracks … Read More