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Sloping Floors? Hairline Cracks? Time for House Leveling!

clock February 11, 2015 05:52 by author

Sloping Floors? Hairline Cracks? Time for House Leveling!

Have you noticed that your floors are sloping or that you have hairline cracks in your walls, floors, tiles and drywall? These are all signs that you may have foundation problems. There are several reasons why a home may settle. Some of the most common reasons are:

advanced foundation repair with underpinning and piering methods

  • Improper backfilled soil -  If the soil beneath the foundation was not properly backfilled during construction, the soil will shift causing the foundation to shift and settle.
  • Tree roots - If trees are too close to a home, the roots will drink up all of the water beneath the foundation, creating voids. The foundation will sink into these voids.
  • Expansive soils - Expansive soils such as clay soil will expand when wet and shrink when dry. This constant heaving and shrinking of the soil will cause the foundation to shift and move.

When a home's foundation has settles, it will cause the entire home to be unlevel. Some of the signs of an unlevel house are:

  • Leaning chimney
  • Doors and windows that stick
  • Sloping floors
  • Wall cracks
  • Ceiling cracks
  • Drywall cracks

If you see any of these signs that your home's foundation has settled and has become unlevel, it is important to have a professional come and inspect your home and offer house leveling repair to get your home back to its original level. My Foundation Repairs has the experts that can come and give you a free inspection and offer you the best repair solutions for your house leveling needs.

House Leveling Solutions

The contractors at My Foundation Repairs use underpinning products such as helical piers and steel push piers that are the best in the industry. These products are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in foundation repair products in the industry.

Steel push piers are an end-bearing pier that does not rely upon nor requires skin friction to produce support. These piers are driven deep into the ground through the unstable soil layers until they reach a solid soil layer. Each steel push pier is installed and load tested individually using the maximum weight of the structure as the reaction force. After installation and load testing, hydraulic jacks are placed at multiple locations and then the entire weight of the structure is transferred onto the piers. The home will be leveled and stabilized for many years to come.

Helical piers are used for applications where there is a need to resist a tension or compressive force or both. These helical piers look like a large screw and are individually installed and load tested after they reach a solid soil layer. Then the entire weight of the structure is lifted onto these helical piers to lift and level the house and foundation.

These piers offer many benefits including:

  • Can be installed year-round
  • Have a warranty
  • Restores the structural integrity
  • The piers are resistant to erosion
  • Made in the USA

If you see any of the signs of foundation settlement such as sloping floors or hairline cracks throughout your home, let the constractors at My Foundation Repairs come and inspect your home and find the best repair solution for your needs. We will get your house leveling done with the best products in the industry made by ECP. Your repair will last for years to come. Contact My Foundation Repairs today!



Prevent Foundation Problems From the Start

clock October 22, 2013 10:04 by author
If you are building a new home in poor soil conditions, you may consider hiring an expert to install helical piers during new construction.

New Construction Piers

Because foundation problems are a major issue for many homeowners, it is important to do everything you can to prevent them before they arise. This is especially important if you live in areas where the soil is susceptible to movement and shifting. If you are building a new home in such an area, you may want to consider the fast spreading trend of installing helical piers under new construction. Though they are normally used in foundation repair, helical piers can be a great tool to prevent your foundation from sinking or settling. A sinking foundation can cause various issues throughout other areas of the home - cracks in your foundation or walls, bowing or leaning walls, windows and doors that stick, uneven or sloped floors, and more. My Foundation Repairs connects you with professionals that use innovative methods to help protect against foundation problems.

Helical piers, also know as helical anchors or piles, are used to lift and stabilize failing foundations. They are screwed deep into stable soil beneath the constantly shifting, active soil that supports your foundation. Then, the weight of the structure is transferred onto the pier so that the foundation can be stabilized and the structure lifted back to it's original position. This is how helical piers work in foundation repair situations. When they are used for new construction, they are installed in much the same way; the advantage to installing helical piers under new construction is that they can be installed more accurately and with much more ease.

New Contruction Piers, Helical PiersSolutions and Advantages of Helical Piers

Some advantages to using new construction helical piers are that they are extremely strong and effective, and the process is practically pain-free. Helical piers have an extremely high load bearing capacity; they are able to support over 200,000 pounds per pier. They can also be installed in nearly all weather conditions and the installation process itself is quick and non-invasive.

Many common foundation problems can be avoided through the use of helical piers in your new construction. Foundations built on active soil are likely to settle or develop cracks. Usually, a sinking or settling foundation is caused by shifting in the soil around and under the structure. This can happen when there is excessive rain and the soil retains moisture, leading to high hydrostatic pressure. This pressure can be too much for the foundation, and may cause it to shift or crack. Foundations can also shift if the soil under them erodes, creating voids under the foundation. Shrinking soil due to drought conditions can also form such voids. By installing helical piers under your new construction, you will ensure that your foundation is well supported no matter what the soil conditions are, since the piers rely on the stable soil deep under the ground.

 The ECP (Earth Contact Products) helical piers used by My Foundations Repair contractors are the most reliable piers available. We recommend the best products and services to keep your home healthy and safe. If you are building a new home, consider using new construction piers to prevent foundation problems down the road.



Foundation Repair Piering

clock September 9, 2011 12:49 by author blogadmin
Hot and dry weather causes foundation problems and steel push piers solve them. Get a free estimate for settlement issues today!

Foundation Repair Using a Piering System

 

 

The dry weather has a hold on much o the Midwest and many homes and homeowners are feeling its effects.Foundation repair, steel push pier Foundation repairs and hot/dry weather go hand and hand. As many soils dry, they tend to consolidate and this consolidation causes home foundations to sink. The first signs can be drywall cracking, exterior brick cracks and misalignment of doors and windows.

To stop this, homeowners need to look to the engineering community and quality foundation repair contractors that understand the benefits of steel push piers that are designed and engineered to perform.

Small, quiet and vibration free hydraulic equipment is used to install the steel push piers, also known as resistance piers. Piers, like the ECP Steel Pier System is designed to drive deeply through soils and bear on rock or other load bearing material. As soils shrink, from the summer heat, steel piers will support the homes foundation keeping the structure stable and crack free. The galvanized steel pipe used in the ECP Steel Pier System will provide many years of support, even in wet or corrosive areas.

Earth Contact Products (ECP), is the leading manufacturer of foundation repair and basement waterproofing products made in the industry. The steel piers belong to a family of patented foundatio repair products. These piers are the top choice for foundation repair used by contractors. Each pier is load tested after it is installed. The piers are able to develop a factor of safety because the piers are installed and load tested individually using the maximum weight of the structure as the reaction force. During the load transfer, high pressure hydraulic jacks are placed at many locations, reducing the load on each pier. 

Piering Systems

Many other pier systems may look like or are promoted to be “as good as” the best steel pier system but fall short on many fronts. Some systems drive concrete cylinders very shallowly into the soil and try to provide support for homes. During dry season the short comings of concrete cylinders become obvious. First, as the soil dry’s it shrinks and pulls away from the cylinders much the same way you notice that the soil around your home pulls away from your foundation. This causes settlement and cracking throughout your home. This shallow piering method is not a long term solution to supporting your home.

Other pier systems use un-galvanized pipe or low pressure hydraulic systems that cannot drive the pier pipe nearly deep enough. Many systems also use bottle jacks (simple car jacks) in an attempt to drive pier pipe or to lift a home. Bottle jacks simply are not designed for this type of application. Many times they can create more damage to the home than was originally found.

Simply, your home is probably your most valuable asset – don’t settle for inferior pier systems to be used to support your home. Demand that your foundation repair contractor use the best designed and engineered products like the ECP Steel Pier System. Your home is worth it and you will not have to worry about future foundation repair problems.

 



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