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
Protect Your Foundation as the Temperature Rises
Protect Your Foundation as the Temperature Rises Avoiding Foundation Repair In the summer, many people go to the beach or pool to try and beat the heat. When the summer weather comes into town you may need to stop and think about your home also. If you are experiencing an extremely dry summer this year, your home’s foundation could be at risk. The soils that are expansive underneath your home soak up the water and moisture which causes the soil to swell. When there isn’t water underneath the home to soak up, it forces the soil to shrink because of … Read More
Sticking Doors and Windows: Is It Your Foundation?
Sticking Doors and Windows: Is It Your Foundation? The winter weather has finally set in, and many of us are enjoying the colder weather as a chance to snuggle up inside or to get out and enjoy winter sports and snow. However, when you get back home, you might notice that your doors and windows appear to be sticking. Is it from the heat in your home being higher and expanding the wood? Is it from the weather outside causing problems? Or are your sticking doors and windows really due to problems with your foundation. In this article, we’ll discuss … Read More
Prepare Your Home for Winter 2018
Prepare Your Home for Winter 2018 Fall is just beginning in some areas, but in the Northern United States we are already seeing winter conditions begin. Before it’s too late, it’s time to prepare your home for winter and get ready for storms. Whether you’re prepping the outside or inside, being prepared for bad weather is extremely important for the health of your home. Here we discuss a few tips to get your home ready. Clean Your Gutters The first tip is one of the most important when you want to keep water out of your basement or crawlspace. … Read More
Summer Rain Brings Bowing Walls
Summer Rain Brings Bowing Walls Summer is supposed to be a season of calm and relaxation. Sitting out in the yard, sunning yourself, going on vacation, and taking a break from the stressors of life. However, mother nature has a differing opinion on the summer season. Summer can be a huge season for storming and flooding, and this can take a toll on your home in the form of bowing walls. What starts off as a small crack in the wall will grow, worsen, and eventually turn into bowing walls. What are Bowing Walls? Bowing walls are exactly as they … Read More
What To Do About Wall Repair
What To Do About Wall Repair So you’ve taken stock of your home after a serious spring cleaning, and you notice that there are cracks in the wall or that you have wall repair needs. D.I.Y. kits can only get you so far, and they will not treat the underlying issues, and over time wall cracks and other wall repair can become worse. It’s time to call Rapid Foundation Repair and get that wall repair job fixed. Why Not Do-It-Yourself? It can be really tempting to go with the less expensive option and get a D.I.Y. repair kit from … Read More
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
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
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
How Can I Protect My Nebraska Home’s Foundation?
Preventing Settlement Issues in Nebraska If you have noticed foundation cracks or water leakage in your home, it is definitely a sign that you are in need of foundation repair and need to protect your home’s foundation. Many homeowners in Nebraska experience foundation issues, and it is important to know how to prevent them from getting worse. Settled foundations can costs tens of thousands of dollars to repair, so it is important to reverse the damage as soon as you can. If you are in the early stages of foundation damage, or haven’t noticed any issues yet, here are some preventative steps … Read More