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The Effect of Hotter, Drier than Expected Summer Conditions on Alabama Foundations

clock June 20, 2016 09:55 by author
Alabama residents worried about the hot and dry summer weather affecting their foundations should call Affordable Foundation and Home Repair today.

The Effects of Alabama Summer Weather on Foundations

This blog post was written by Affordable Foundation and Home Repair of Alabama. We are Your premiere provider of foundation repair, basement waterproofing, and home repair in the Birmingham, Hartselle, and Huntsville, AL areas. Our team is licensed and insured in Alabama and uses ECP (Earth Contact Products) to ensure that our repairs keep your home sturdy for years to come. Contact us if you are in need of remodeling or foundation repair for your Alabama home.

There have been several reports lately warning Alabama residents to expect even hotter and drier conditions this summer. While you know that the hot, dry, weather during the summertime can be dangerous for you and your family, but you may not realize that this weather also poses a danger to your home's foundation, as warm and dry conditions result in soil shrinkage. 

As the temperatures rise and the ground dries out, the soil underneath your home will start to shrink. Soil shrinkage can lead to foundation movement - as the soil shrinks, it will shift and gaps may open up in the ground. If these gaps and spaces in the ground start form in the ground that supports your foundation, the concrete will start to lack the support that it needs. This will cause it to sink, shift, and even crack. Hot weather can also 

If you think that the hot and dry weather could be causing foundation problems in your home, look for telltale signs. These signs include cracks in the walls or floor, settling foundation, leaning or bowing walls, sloped floors, and foundation or brick cracks. 

Repair Options for Alabama Foundation Problems this Summer

If you are worried about your foundation this summer and have started to notice cracks and other signs of a foundation issue, call Affordable Foundation and Home Repair. We have the solutions that you need to fix foundation problems caused by the hot, dry summer weather in Alabama:

These are some of the services that we use to repair foundation problems in homes within our Alabama service area. We use several different kinds of ECP piers to lift sinking foundations and ensure the slab is stabilized. We also specialize in the installation of ECP helical tiebacks or plate anchors to reposition foundations that have started to shift due to soil shrinkage. 

Our other services include polyjacking, concrete repair, and crack repair. We use concrete repair and crack repair to fix structural issues and cracks in your home that may have arisen due to the stress the summer weather puts on your foundation. Polyjacking (injecting a polyurethane foam under the slab) is a great solution to fill voids resulting from soil shrinkage and lift your home. 

All of these solutions can help to protect your Alabama home's foundation from the negative effects of hot, dry, summer weather.



Foundation Problems Become Common in Drought-Plagued California

clock June 8, 2016 11:46 by author
If you are experiencing drought-related foundation problems in your California home, you may need foundation repair using ECP steel piering products.

CA Drought Foundation Problems

 

This blog post was written by Bay Area Underpinning. We are a Vallejo-based foundation repair company that serves the Bay Area of California. We use ECP (Earth Contact Products). Our family-operated company, owned by Steve Egloff, consists of a team of a professional team of trained foundation repair experts licensed in the state of California. Bay Area Underpinning specializes in steel pier installation for the stabilization of foundations in both residential and commercial applications throughout the state of California. 

Recently, the drought in California has been causing several major issues for those who live there. What residents of California may not be aware of is that the dry conditions in the state may also be the cause of serious foundation problems. 

The lack of rainfall leads to a low moisture level in the soil. As the soil around your home dries out, it can start to shrink. This soil shrinkage may eventually form voids and gaps beneath your foundation, as the shrinking soil shifts and starts to fall away. Voids beneath your foundation are not good - any spaces under the concrete reduce the structural integrity of the foundation. This means that the foundation can start sinking and settling. 

If you are worried about foundation sinking due to the drought in your California home, look for the following symptoms of failure: foundation cracks, cracks in the drywall or ceiling, sloped or uneven floors, bowing or leaning walls, and water leakage in home. These are all signs that your foundation could be sinking and is in need of repair from the experts at Bay Area Underpinning. 

Solutions to Drought-Related Foundation Issues in California

Our foundation lifting techniques involve a variety of piering options using the high-quality steel products from ECP. Some of these solutions that we offer to lift and stabilize settling foundations include:

  • Resistance Piers - These piers are strong and deep-driving making them a good choice even for large buildings and heavy foundations. 
  • Steel Push Piers - Push piers are a common foundation repair device that utilizes a two-step system to get below the active soil and stabilize homes. 
  • Helical Piers - These piers are screwed into the ground for more stability and are ideal for applications where resistance to tension or compressive force is needed.
  • Slab Piers - Used mechanically or hydraulically and are an economical choice for homeowners with sinking slab foundations.

All of these repair options from ECP help to stabilize your foundation and prevent the drought from causing foundation failure in the future.  If you have a sinking foundation in California due to the drought, underpinning with ECP products can help. 



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.



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