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Foundation Repair Techniques

clock November 6, 2014 06:13 by author

Foundation Repair Techniques 

Your home is a big investment. It is important to make sure that it is well maintained. When the foundation of a home is damaged, the entire structure will have damage. When you look around your home, check for some of the signs that you may have foundation problems. Some of these signs are:

  • Wall cracks
  • Floor cracks
  • Sloping floor
  • Leaning chimney
  • Bowing walls
  • Ceiling cracks
  • Doors and windows that stick
  • Cracks in brick or masonry
  • Stair and stoop problems
  • Garage foundation problems
  • Beam and post problems

All of these are signs that you may have a serious problem with your foundation. If you suspect that you may have a foundaiton problem, let My Foundation Repairs be your resource for getting a professional in and have your home inspected. The first step is to contact us and let us know what concern you are having with your foundation and we will send a foundation specialist that is in your area, to your home and give you a free inspection. If they find that you are in need of foundation repair, they will give you an estimate and find the best solution to get your foundation structurally sound again.

Foundation Repair Methods

Our specialists use a variety of foundation repair methods depending on what type of problem they find. These methods include:

  • Steel piers
  • Helical piers
  • Helical tieback anchors
  • Plate anchors
  • Hydraulic slab lift piers
  • New construction piers

Steel piers - There are four main steps to install steel piers. First, the ground is excavated around the foundation. Then the foundation bracket is mounted for the piering s

ystem. Next the steel pier is installed deep into the ground until the reach a solid soil layer. After installation, the weight of the structure is transferred onto the piers.

Helical piers - Helical piers look like a very large screw and are ideal for foundation repair applications such as support for porches, steps, stairs and chimneys. 

Helical tieback anchors - Bowing or leaning walls can be repaired using helical tieback anchors. These tieback anchors are attached to the interior of the wall and tension is applied to straighten the wall and keep it from bowing in the future.

Plate anchors - Plate anchors are part of the system for fixing bowing or leaning walls. These plate anchors are attached to the wall and the rod that pulls the bowing walls back to its original level.

Hydraulic slab lift piers - These piers are used for sinking or settling slabs.

New construction piers - Putting in piers before a foundation is poured will prevent foundation problems from ever beginning.

All of our specialists also provide foundation repair for commercial buildings.

All of the products that our repair contractors use are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP). These products are the best products in the industry today. If you are in need of a foundation repair specialist, don't hesitate to contact My Foundation Repair. We will make sure that the very best repair specialist in your area contacts you to give you a free inspection and answer any questions you may have. Our representative will work with from start to finish and make sure that your foundation will be structurally sound for many years to come. Contact us today!



How Local New Construction Methods Affect Foundation Repair

clock October 14, 2014 10:02 by author

Local Construction Methods Do Affect Your Foundation

New construction piersFoundation repair methods are often determined by local new construction building practices. Steel push piers are the predominate foundation repair methods for basement and crawlspace homes, whereas push piers and underpinning helical piers split in their use by foundation repair contractors for slab on grade homes.  As the article below, from the National Association of Home Builders, indicates home building practices varies greatly across the nation. As home building practices vary so do foundation repair methods. 54% of homes are built on concrete slabs, while 34% of homes are built with basements and 15% of homes are built with a crawl space. For more information about the best foundation repair methods, visit www.MyFoundationRepairs.com

http://eyeonhousing.org/2014/10/what-foundations-are-built-across-the-nation/



Why Foundation Crack Repair Kits Don't Always Work

clock February 10, 2014 11:34 by author
Don't rely on foundation crack repair kits for foundation cracks. The experts at My Foundation Repair offers epoxy or polyurethane crack injections for settling homes.

Why NOT use a Foundation Crack Repair Kit?

As a homeowner, when you see a foundation crack, it should not be ignored. Most homeowners first identify concrete cracks in their basement, either on the wall or on the floor. Foundation cracks can also be found on garage floors, patios or in-ground pools.These cracks will widen over time and result in water seepage or possibly loss of structural integrity. Foundation cracks can hinder the value of your home. Trying to repair foundation cracks using a foundation crack repair kit is not a permanent fix. If you notice large, recurring cracks or bulging walls in your home, don't try to fix these yourself. The cracks may indicate a more serious structural problem. A professional should be contacted to inspect your foundation to see if the cracks are a result of structural damage. 

You can find products in the stores for filling cracks in concrete walls, however, these products can fail after just a few years if your foundation continues to move slightly. The truth about foundation cracks is that the foundation problems never go away just by filling the foundation cracks with a sealant or patching kit. The longer you ignore these foundation cracks, the more complicated and costly the repair will be. It is important for homeowners to get their foundation cracks inspected by a professional who can give a permanent solution for foundation cracks. 

The professionals at My Foundation Repair and Waterproofing can inspect your foundation cracks and offer a better and permanent solution for your foundation crack repair.

Why are Epoxy or Polyurethane Injections a Better Option for Crack Repair?

For foundation crack repair, epoxy and polyurethane injections are a better option than fixing your foundation cracks using an at-home repair kit. The Earth Contact Products (ECP), epoxy and polyurethane injection resins are designed to seal cracks and eliminate water and air leaks from basement walls. The professionals at My Foundation Repair and Waterproofing can provide this effective permanent solution to leaking cracks. 

Epoxy injection is used to weld cracked concrete walls back together, restoring the structural integrity of the wall. This epoxy permanently repairs cracks and creates a bond that becomes stronger than the original wall. These injections are done from the inside of the basement and is completed in just a few hours. 

Polyurethane foam injection is ideal for filling wider cracks. The ECP polyurethane foams work for filling voids and sealing around pipes. Polyurethane foam injection is the best way to stop an active foundation wall leak. The expanding foam completely fills the crack and prevents future water leaks. The water will remain outside and will not be able to penetrate into the inside. 

These epoxy and polyurethane foam products are much more heavy duty than the crack repair kits you can buy in the store. They are designed to be used by professionals to permanently repair foundation cracks. Getting your foundation crack repair done right the first time will save you money in the long run. Trying to repair foundation wall cracks and having it fail in a few years, will only make the matter worse. The cracks will not be fixed and can cause more damage than if a professional is called to do it right the first time. Don't hesitate to contact My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing to get a professional in to inspect your wall cracks and give you a permanent solution for your foundation wall cracks. 



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