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What is Anchor Foundation Repair and When is it Used?

clock March 16, 2015 07:01 by author
My Foundation Repairs uses ECP products for foundation repair. These products are the very best in the industry.

What is Anchor Foundation Repair and When is it Used?

A foundation may need repaired if you have cracks in your foundation, windows and doors that do not close or fully lock, stair step cracks in brick lines, or the seperation of caulk from the edges of windows and doors.


Soil and base types are very diverse.  Soils range from shallow clay, weathered and dry, to the hearty deep soils.   These soils vary including water holding capacity, acidity, depth and nutrient status. All of these properties can influence the potential for successful foundations.  My Foundation Repairs will review your foundational issues and choose the proper repair tools for your specific needs.


There is a wide range of options for foundation repair.  My Foundation Repairs has a skilled staff to review your particular issue and offer the best solution at the most reasonable price.  Business owners and homeowners should be aware of the signs that they may have a problem with their foundation. Some of these signs are:  

  • Stair cracks
  • Leaning chimney
  • Sticking doors and windows
  • Cracks in walls
  • Cracks in floors
  • Drywall cracks
  • Stoop and porch settlement

 My Foundation Repairs uses only top grade, quality repair tools made by Earth Contact Products (ECP).  ECP repair parts made right here in the United States of America to ensure quality craftsmanship.



What are my options for repair?

 There are several time tested repair techniques used by My Foundation Repairs:


Heavy-duty steel push piers are used to permanently lift your home back to its original position. These piers are driven into the ground and the weight of the structure is shifted from weaker soils and distributed onto theWall repair using wall plate anchors steel piers. The piers is an end-bearing pier that does not rely upon nor require skin friction to produce support.  The advantages to using a push pier system is portable equipment allows for installation in smaller areas, such as crawlspaces.  They are load tested during the installation process, they allow for lifting of settled structures, and are corrosion protected.


Helical piers are used for the stabilization of foundations where there are smaller buildings or homes, unstable rock basement or very deep load bearing layers. Helical piers are used where there is a need to resist a tension or compressible force or both.   A helical pier is a steel shaft, similar to a large screw that provides support for a wide variety of structures. Helical piers are often used when soil conditions do not allow for a traditional foundation system.


Helical tiebacks are used to stabilize bowing basement walls. The most common reason for bowing walls is water pressure.  It can push the walls upwards (hydro-static pressure) or push laterally against a wall, especially in the colder climates.  These wall plate anchors called Helical tiebacks consist of an inside wall plate, an outside anchor and a high strength rod that ties them together. Wall anchors are the most cost-effective method for providing stabilization of bowed walls that have been affected by water and/or hydro-static pressure.

Are Cracks in the Ceiling Normal?

clock March 12, 2015 10:18 by author
Ceiling cracks can be a sing of foundation settlement. Contact My Foundation Repairs for a free inspection. We use ECP products, the best in the industry.

Ceiling Cracks Repaired by My Foundation Repair 

Knowing the difference in ceiling cracks can reduce your stress and help save your home.  All homes and businesses are subject to movement, that is normal.  It can be caused by weather fluctuations or by settling groundwork below the home or business.  If you are seeing cracks in your ceiling, there are a few things to check to see if the cracks in the ceiling are due to age or structural damage.

  • Where are the cracks located?  The location of the cracks in your ceiling are a good way to tell what is going on.  Normally, if the crack is located along the edges of the ceiling it is because of house settlement.  Cracks across the middle of a room can be troublesome and should be addressed immediately by one of the professionals at My Foundation Repairs.  Multiple, wide, or long cracks in the middle of the ceiling should be looked at as there may be more going on than the everyday home or business owner can detect.
  • Are your ceilings bowed?  If you notice a bow in your ceiling along with visible signs of cracking , that is a sign of a large problem.  The joists in a home can only support a certain amount of weight, but once that weight is surpassed then the support weakens, the ceiling sags, and before you know it the ceiling collapses.

Ceiling Crack Repair

If ceiling cracks are a result of a foundation problem, My Foundadtion Repairs has contractors that use underpinning products manufactured by Earth Contact Produccts (ECP), the leader inadvanced foundation repair with underpinning and piering methods foundation repair products in the industry. These  ECP underpinning products are steel push piers and helical piers. These piers are driven deep into the ground through unstable soil layers until they reach a solid soil layer. Then each pier is load tested. After load testing the entire weight of the structure is transferred onto the piers to level and stabilize the foundation. 

So if you notice ceiling cracks, it is important to contact a professional to come and inspect your home and see if the cracks are due to foundation problems. My Foundation Repairs will send a contractor out to give you a free inspection and offer you the best foundation repair solutions for your repair needs. It is important to get the repair done as soon as the issue is noticed. The sooner you get your foundation repair done, the least amount of structural damage will occur throughout your home.

Ceiling Cracks are Often Times Normal

What do matching vertical cracks mean?  A crack that runs vertically across the ceiling and continue onto the wall are a major concern.  This is a sign of structural damage to the home or business in question.  Usually this can be attributed to a natural disaster such as an earthquake or tornado, the settling of a home over an extended time, or a man made incident.  Note that the size of the crack can help you determine the severity of your problem.  You can contact My Foundation Repairs to schedule an estimate.

What does the term spiderweb cracks mean?  Spiderweb cracks are not necessarily located just in the ceiling of a home or business.  They can also be found in walls, floors, and grout lines.  Most of the time a spiderweb crack appears in older homes and is caused by the settling of a house or business.  Spiderwebs are normal; however, with this being said if you notice a crack that is over 1/16 inches wide, contact a professional to investigate the situation.

The most common reason for ceiling cracks is moisture, and frankly that is normal also.  It is recommended to find the source of the moisture and eliminate the problem.  Moisture often times is the result of improper water drainage.  Perhaps, the gutter system is clogged or there is another cause for the roof to leak.  This moisture, change in temperature, and air floor change can cause cracks.  Thankfully My Foundation Repairs is here to help you.

Types of Basement Construction

clock February 11, 2015 10:52 by author

Types of Basement Construction

There are several types of basement construction. The basement foundation of a home provides the strength to keep the home and foundation standing in all types of weather and environmental changes. There are three types of basement construction that are the most common. These are:

  • Poured concrete
  • Block, masonry walls
  • Precast panels

Poured concrete basement are the most common and the choice that most people prefer. This type of basement construction starts by pouring footing for the basement foundation. After these are set, forms are used to hold the poured concrete wall in place as they dry. Poured concrete walls tend to be stronger than other types of basement walls.

A block or masonry wall is the least expensive for basement walls. This type of basement wall construction are made from cinder blocks. This method requires less time than other methods of basement construction. To increase the durability of this type of basement construction, steel rebar is sometimes used to reinforce the masonry wall. 

Precast panel basement wall construction is the method where the walls are molded at another location. Then the walls are transported to the building and place on footers. This type of basement construction is quite strong but is not as commonly done as poured or block basements. 

No matter what type of basement wall you may have, each type has its own sets of problems that can arise. A block concrete basement wall will bow easier than other types due to the pressure against the walls that weakens the mortar joints. 

High hydrostatic pressure outside a poured concrete basement can cause water to seep through due to the pressure creating floor and wall cracks. 

Precast panel basement construction can have moisture problems if the joists are not properly sealed causing moisture vapor to get trapped in the panels. These panels can also attract insects unless they have been treated with boric acid.

Concrete Foundation Repair Solutions

No matter what type of basement concrete construction problem you may be having, the contractors at My Foundation Repairs has the solutions. We use only the best products for block foundation repair and any other type of concrete foundation. These products are manufactured byWall repair using wall plate anchors Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in foundadtion repair products in the industry.

To repair bowing basement walls, the contractors at My Foundation Repairs uses helical tieback anchors to pull the wall back to its original level. The installation is done by drilling a very small hole in the interior wall then with minimal outside excavation, the wall is pulled back to its original level. These helical tieback anchors also strengthens the wall so that there won't be any future bowing or leaning. 

Wall plate anchors are used to provide supplemental lateral force to stabilize basement walls and retaining walls. These wall plate anchors have a simple effective design which allows the repair to be completed quickly. There is minimal disturbance to landscaping. 

For any of your concrete foundation repair needs, let the professionals at My Foundation Repairs offer you the best repair solution for your needs. With our experience and using the best products in the industry, you can be assured that the repair will last a lifetime. Contact My Foundation Repairs today.



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