Concrete Foundation Repair
There are a lot of factors that can weaken or damage your concrete foundation. Poor construction techniques, water damage, hydrostatic pressure, seismic shifts, and more. Every cause has a different solution. Some foundation damage may even have multiple causes. The sooner you have a professional contractor to evaluate your property, the less time, money, and effort it will take to strengthen your concrete foundation.
Causes of Concrete Foundation Damage
As stated in the paragraph above there are a variety of causes of concrete foundation damage.
It doesn't have to take a flood to cause water damage to a cement foundation. A hairline crack can allow water in where it can erode the concrete or soften the cement. In addition, if the water inside the crack freezes, it can exert a large amount of pressure on the concrete blocks, weakening them and in turn, putting your home in danger.
If the soil surrounding your concrete foundation becomes oversaturated, it can exert a great amount of force against your foundation wall. This pressure can cause the walls to bow or even fail. Soil can become saturated through heavy rains or snowmelt, improper drainage, landscaping too close to the house, and other factors.
When you hear "seismic activity" you usually think "earthquake" and this is most often the case, but vibrations from trains or heavy truck traffic can also weaken foundation walls. Joints can weaken, causing the walls to lose support and leading to other foundation problems.
Solutions for Cement Foundation Repair
Just as there are many causes for foundation issues, there are a variety of repair solutions. It takes a contractor with knowledge and experience to determine the best solution for any given problem. Make sure your contractor has a reputation for expertise and honesty.
Wall Crack Repair
Depending on the type and size of the crack, there are some options when it comes to wall crack repair. A contractor may choose to utilize an epoxy to fill and cement the crack or they may use a carbon fiber support to strengthen the weak point, providing your foundation some needed strength.
Bowed Wall Repair
Just as carbon fiber can be used to repair a crack, a carbon fiber support can be used to strengthen a bowed or leaning wall. The carbon fiber strip is anchored to the ground and to the supports at the top of the wall. The carbon fiber is stronger than concrete and won't stretch or break.
Helical tiebacks can also be used to straighten out a bowed or leaning wall. The supports are driven through the wall into the supporting soil outside, They are attached to a bracket on the inside and are tightened until the wall is straight and strong.
Plate anchors are similar to helical tiebacks and are used to hold a bowing or leaning wall straight while strengthening the wall. Both applications involve drilling a hole through the wall and anchoring to the soil outside of the foundation.
Choose a Reputable Contractor
The most important decision you will make when deciding to repair your concrete foundation is which contractor you will use. My Foundation Repair is made up of a network of reputable and knowledgeable contractors that use Earth Contact Products (ECP) tools and equipment. ECP is the industry leader in foundation repair equipment, so the contractors will be using tools that match their workmanship.
Don't let your cement foundation problems go another day without being repaired. Call us today and let one of our contractors work with you to make sure your home is strong, stable, and secure.