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Hurricane Florence and Your Building

clock September 12, 2018 04:35 by author
Hurricanes can wreak havoc on your property with wind, rain, and flying debris. Let My Foundation Repairs connect you with a local contractor in your area to help with foundation damage.

Hurricane Florence and Your Building

As of the writing of this blog, Hurricane Florence has not made landfall yet, but it is predicted to be a monster. If you are in the path of the hurricane, your time is running out to evacuate or to fortify your home or business. It has the potential of being a Category 5 hurricane, which means the sustained winds are at or above 157 mph. In addition to the winds, the National Hurricane Center has predicted a "life-threatening storm surge" on the coasts of North and South Carolina.

Rainfall will cause catastrophic flash floods with some areas receiving as much as 40 inches of rain. Brian McNoldy, senior research associate at the University of Miami  states that "[t]his could be an unprecedented disaster for North Carolina." The last time a hurricane this big hit the Carolinas was in 1954 with Hurricane Hazel, which is still talked about in regards to the amount of destruction it brought to the area. If anything, this damage will far exceed the storm of 1954, as there are more people and structures along the coast now than at any other time in history.

Damage from Hurricanes

There are many factors in a hurricane that can damage your home or business. Wind damage, structural collapse, and flooding can all impact your structure. Trees, light poles, and debris from other property can damage your building. Erosion can occur, weakening the soil around the foundation, along with the ground being oversaturated with rainfall and storm surges.

If your property is in the path of a hurricane, you will probably have to deal with some type of structural damage, whether it be from water, wind, or debris. Your building may experience foundation damage, loss of structural integrity, sinkholes, or damage to seawalls or retaining walls. Water damage can occur from flooding or foundation damage.

It is important that you take a walk around your property as soon as it is safe to do so. Assess any damage that may have occurred both inside and outside of the building. If you think that there may be any type of problem, you should call a contractor as soon as possible. They are going to be very busy after the hurricane, so it's important that you get in touch with them quickly.

Foundation Repair After a Hurricane

No matter what kind of issue you have, My Foundation Repairs can find a contractor that specializes in your particular situation and has the right tools and experience to repair any damage your home or business may have. Our contractors can help with bowing or leaning walls, foundation cracks, settled foundations, and more. We can also provide you with drainage and waterproofing solutions, both interior and exterior.

My Foundation Repairs contractors use tools and equipment from Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in the industry. We will provide you a free inspection and estimate, so you know what to expect before any work begins. It is important that you start foundation damage repair as soon as possible. A weakened foundation can lead to more structural issues in the home or business.

Contact My Foundation Repairs today and get started on your foundation repairs as soon as possible



Hurricane Florence and Your Building

clock September 12, 2018 04:35 by author
Hurricanes can wreak havoc on your property with wind, rain, and flying debris. Let My Foundation Repairs connect you with a local contractor in your area to help with foundation damage.

As of the writing of this blog, Hurricane Florence has not made landfall yet, but it is predicted to be a monster. If you are in the path of the hurricane, your time is running out to evacuate or to fortify your home or business. It has the potential of being a Category 5 hurricane, which means the sustained winds are at or above 157 mph. In addition to the winds, the National Hurricane Center has predicted a "life-threatening storm surge" on the coasts of North and South Carolina.

Rainfall will cause catastrophic flash floods with some areas receiving as much as 40 inches of rain. Brian McNoldy, senior research associate at the University of Miami  states that "[t]his could be an unprecedented disaster for North Carolina." The last time a hurricane this big hit the Carolinas was in 1954 with Hurricane Hazel, which is still talked about in regards to the amount of destruction it brought to the area. If anything, this damage will far exceed the storm of 1954, as there are more people and structures along the coast now than at any other time in history.

Damage from Hurricanes

There are many factors in a hurricane that can damage your home or business. Wind damage, structural collapse, and flooding can all impact your structure. Trees, light poles, and debris from other property can damage your building. Erosion can occur, weakening the soil around the foundation, along with the ground being oversaturated with rainfall and storm surges.

If your property is in the path of a hurricane, you will probably have to deal with some type of structural damage, whether it be from water, wind, or debris. Your building may experience foundation damage, loss of structural integrity, sinkholes, or damage to seawalls or retaining walls. Water damage can occur from flooding or foundation damage.

It is important that you take a walk around your property as soon as it is safe to do so. Assess any damage that may have occurred both inside and outside of the building. If you think that there may be any type of problem, you should call a contractor as soon as possible. They are going to be very busy after the hurricane, so it's important that you get in touch with them quickly.

Foundation Repair After a Hurricane

No matter what kind of issue you have, My Foundation Repairs can find a contractor that specializes in your particular situation and has the right tools and experience to repair any damage your home or business may have. Our contractors can help with bowing or leaning walls, foundation cracks, settled foundations, and more. We can also provide you with drainage and waterproofing solutions, both interior and exterior.

My Foundation Repairs contractors use tools and equipment from Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in the industry. We will provide you a free inspection and estimate, so you know what to expect before any work begins. It is important that you start foundation damage repair as soon as possible. A weakened foundation can lead to more structural issues in the home or business.

Contact My Foundation Repairs today and get started on your foundation repairs as soon as possible



What Kind of Foundation Does Your Home Have?

clock August 31, 2018 10:34 by author
It is important that you know what kind of slab you have, so that you can make sure you have the right contractor for the job. My Foundation Repairs' contractors will keep your home strong, secure, and safe.

When you call My Foundation Repair to get in touch with one of our professional contractors, we will ask you what kind of foundation you have. You may wonder why we would ask that, after all, isn't a foundation a foundation? Actually, it does matter, because there are different foundation repair solutions that depend on the type of foundation we'll be working on. 

Three Common Foundation Types

There are three common foundation types and there are some variables that go into deciding which foundation to choose, aside from personal choice.

Basement

Basement foundations are usually around 8 feet deep with a concrete slab for the floor. The walls are commonly constructed from cinder block for strength and stability. The typical construction process of beams, walls, then slab helps prevent water from leaking into the basement. Basements allow for additional living or storage space, a place to go in bad weather, and other benefits.

Crawl Space

A cousin of the basement foundation is the crawl space. Crawl spaces are usually between two to five feet in height. Like a basement, they are usually built with cinder block walls. but can have a concrete slab or dirt floor. These types of foundations are usually built in places with high water tables or in places prone to flooding. They can allow for some storage, but can be overrun by mold or vermin.

Slab

A slab foundation is a concrete pad. This is the easiest foundation to construct and takes little preparation, as compared to other foundation types. The concrete is usually around 2 feet thick at the perimeter and around 6 inches thick for the rest of the slab. Rebar and wire meshing should be enclosed in the concrete to strengthen it. 

Choosing A Foundation

As you can see, there are a lot of differences between the three foundations listed above. How do you know which one is best for your home? You need to figure in cost, soil and weather conditions, and ultimately, what you want or need in a foundation. If the home is being built on a high water table, you may not be able to have a basement, but if it the weather is cold, a slab may not be a good idea. In some locations around the country, it is difficult to dig into the bedrock or boulders under the ground, making a crawl space or basement difficult or expensive to build.

When building a home, it is important that you talk with a reputable contractor so that you know all of the options that are available to you and what the pros and cons are of each choice. 

Repairing A Foundation

Depending on the type of foundation and the type of repair needed, there are different options on how to fix the damage. A slab may need to be lifted or just have cracks sealed. The slab can be lifted with polyurethane foam or a mud slurry. Cracks can be filled with an epoxy or patched with a carbon fiber. Crawl spaces and basements may need wall anchors or carbon fiber supports. A foundation may have settled and needs to be lifted with piers. Our contractors will inspect your property and determine the best method to not only repair the damage, but to prevent it from recurring. 

You can contact My Foundation Repairs and know that you will have a reliable contractor who will be using top of the line tools and products from Earth Contact Products to keep your home strong, safe, and stable. 



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