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Fixing Florida's Sinkhole Problem

clock March 14, 2013 02:17 by author
Sinkholes are a common problem in Florida that require immediate attention. Call a professional if your home has foundation issues due to sinkhole activity.

Florida Sinkhole Repair

Sinkhole repair, foundation repairIn the news we have all heard of the horrific and tragic sink hole in Seffner, Florida. But many do not understand what the cause of these formations or what can be done about them. Foundation repair techniques have been developed over the years that successfully deals with these sink holes. Well trained professional companies like Foundation Services of Central Florida have the equipment, foundation repair products and training to step in and assist you with your sinkhole problem. Foundation Services of Central Florida has become known as the foundation repair and sinkhole remediation experts of Central Florida. In northern Florida companies such as Foundation Professionals of Florida is the engineers choice for sinkhole remediation. Their experience and engineering background sets them apart from other sinkhole repair contractors in the area.

How Sinkholes Form

Sinkholes are a common feature of Florida's landscape. They are only one of many kinds of karst landforms, which include caves, disappearing streams, springs, and underground drainage systems, all of which occur in Florida. Karst is a generic term which refers to the characteristic terrain produced by erosional processes associated with the chemical weathering and dissolution of limestone or dolomite, the two most common carbonate rocks in Florida. Dissolution of carbonate rocks begins when they are exposed to acidic water. Most rainwater is slightly acidic and usually becomes more acidic as it moves through decaying plant debris.

Limestone in Florida are porous, allowing the acidic water to percolate through their strata, dissolving some limestone and carrying it away in solution. Over time, this continuous erosional process has created extensive underground voids and drainage systems in much of the carbonate rocks throughout the state. Collapse of overlying sediments into the underground cavities produces sinkholes.

When groundwater discharges from an underground drainage system, it is a spring, such as Wakulla Springs, Silver Springs, or Rainbow Springs. Sinkholes can occur in the beds of streams, sometimes taking all of the stream's flow, creating a disappearing stream. Dry caves are parts of karst drainage systems that are above the water table, such as Marianna Caverns. 

Other subterranean events can cause holes, depressions or subsidence of the land surface that may mimic sinkhole activity.  These include subsurface expansive clay or organic layers which compress as water is removed,  collapsed or broken sewer and drain pipes or broken septic tanks, improperly compacted soil after excavation work, and even buried trash, logs and other debris.  Often a depression is not verified by a licensed professional geologist or engineer to be a true sinkhole, and the cause of subsidence is not known.  Such events are called subsidence incidents.

 

Portions of this article were originally published March 03, 2013 Associated Press



The Cost of Foundation Repair

clock March 10, 2013 12:54 by author
There are several factors that influence the costs of foundation repair such as the size of the job, quality of material, and the complexity of the job.

Foundation Repair Cost

 

 

Quality of  Materials, Size & Complexity are All Factors In Foundation Repair Costs

Some foundations that are in need of attention do not require much repair work. They can be fixed more as a preventative measure than a reactionary one. If the foundation problem has been ignored, however, then costs quickly escalate because other issues tend to show up

While many foundation repair problems are alike, each one requires a customized solution to provide the best value and long term performance. Accepting anything less than a permanent customized solution is risking a less than permanent repair. We take pride in maing the costs of these repairs as clear and easy to understand as we possuibly can, our reputation relies upon it.

To assist you in deciding if one of our permanent solutions is right for you, our contractors provide free foundation repair quotes. Each quote includes an on-site inspection, professional assessment of your foundation problem and a detailed quote that we build with you for your home. To schedule a free quote, contact us today!

Foundation Repair Solutions

Settling problems of an older home will require a foundation engineer's expert opinion. For example, adding piers to stop further cracks in your foundation, without skilled advice, could cause the pressure to shift elsewhere creating a worsened situation. Costs will vary greatly depending on the problems and solutions recommended, but hiring an expert could save you money on hasty, unnecessary and expensive mistakes.

Underpinning is done using steel push piershelical piers, helical tieback anchors, and plate anchors. The products used by My Foundation Repair and Waterproofing are all made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading manufacturer of foundation repair and basement waterproofing products in the industry. Using an experienced professional that uses only the best products made, you can be assured that once the repair is done, it will last for many years to come. 

On average foundation repairs will cost between $6,000 and $12,000, depending on the problem and the right solution. Settling foundations tend to be the most costly, while leaning, bowing walls or cracked walls generally are less expensive. The key to not wasting money is in hiring experts that have the education, equipment and ethics required to permanently repair your home.



How to protect your home's foundation from melting snow

clock March 5, 2013 18:59 by author
Have a flooded basement due to wall cracks? Call a foundation expert to protect your foundation from melting snow.

Protect Your Home's Foundation From Melting Snow

 

The following has been reposted from http://www.kshb.com/dpp/weather/weather_news/snow-melt-could-cause-foundations-big-problems

 

 

OLATHE, Kan. - You may think your winter blues will go away after the sun melts off all the snow, but homeowners may find their problems are about to get bigger.

Foundation repair, ECP

Foundation repair companies said Tuesday they are bracing for an influx of emergency phone calls next week after the sun has melted all the snow on the ground.

They said the water runoff can seep through all of those cracks nature caused last summer during the drought. That water may find cracks in basement walls and leave many basements flooded. As the snow melts and the water finds these cracks in your foundation, the temperature may suddenly fall again causing the water in those cracks to freeze. This will cause the cracks in your foundation to grow even bigger. With the ground still frozen, the snow melts and water forms around the foundation.  Fixing your foundation problem as soon as you see it can help prevent permanant damage to your home. 

When moisture in the soil freezes after a snow melt then freeze, caused enormous pressure against your foundation walls. This causes existing cracks to become even larger. Foundation cracks caused by soil pressure are generally horizontal cracks or stair-step cracks. These cracks often get worse over time and require a professional to repair the foundation. These cracks will weaken the structural integrity of your home. 

Karri Johnson has already learned the hard way. The Olathe resident faces a $32,000 foundation repair bill. "Do not put it off. It will not repair itself," she said. "It will get worse. It won't go away."

 

Keep Foundation Problems at Bay

Repair companies suggest homeowners be proactive.

Here are some tips to keep foundation problems at bay:

  • Make sure gutters are clear of debris so water can drain through a downspout
  • Make sure downspouts drain at least 10 feet away from the house
  • Make sure sump pump drains at least 10 feet away from the house
  • Get a professional to install underground pipes to drain water away from the house
  • Have a professional fill basement cracks
  • Move trees at least 15 feet away from the house


For more information, go to  www.myfoundationrepairs.com



Read more: http://www.kshb.com/dpp/weather/weather_news/snow-melt-could-cause-foundations-big-problems#ixzz2MjGq3OFB



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