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Types of Basement Construction

clock February 11, 2015 10:52 by author

Types of Basement Construction

There are several types of basement construction. The basement foundation of a home provides the strength to keep the home and foundation standing in all types of weather and environmental changes. There are three types of basement construction that are the most common. These are:

  • Poured concrete
  • Block, masonry walls
  • Precast panels

Poured concrete basement are the most common and the choice that most people prefer. This type of basement construction starts by pouring footing for the basement foundation. After these are set, forms are used to hold the poured concrete wall in place as they dry. Poured concrete walls tend to be stronger than other types of basement walls.

A block or masonry wall is the least expensive for basement walls. This type of basement wall construction are made from cinder blocks. This method requires less time than other methods of basement construction. To increase the durability of this type of basement construction, steel rebar is sometimes used to reinforce the masonry wall. 

Precast panel basement wall construction is the method where the walls are molded at another location. Then the walls are transported to the building and place on footers. This type of basement construction is quite strong but is not as commonly done as poured or block basements. 

No matter what type of basement wall you may have, each type has its own sets of problems that can arise. A block concrete basement wall will bow easier than other types due to the pressure against the walls that weakens the mortar joints. 

High hydrostatic pressure outside a poured concrete basement can cause water to seep through due to the pressure creating floor and wall cracks. 

Precast panel basement construction can have moisture problems if the joists are not properly sealed causing moisture vapor to get trapped in the panels. These panels can also attract insects unless they have been treated with boric acid.

Concrete Foundation Repair Solutions

No matter what type of basement concrete construction problem you may be having, the contractors at My Foundation Repairs has the solutions. We use only the best products for block foundation repair and any other type of concrete foundation. These products are manufactured byWall repair using wall plate anchors Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in foundadtion repair products in the industry.

To repair bowing basement walls, the contractors at My Foundation Repairs uses helical tieback anchors to pull the wall back to its original level. The installation is done by drilling a very small hole in the interior wall then with minimal outside excavation, the wall is pulled back to its original level. These helical tieback anchors also strengthens the wall so that there won't be any future bowing or leaning. 

Wall plate anchors are used to provide supplemental lateral force to stabilize basement walls and retaining walls. These wall plate anchors have a simple effective design which allows the repair to be completed quickly. There is minimal disturbance to landscaping. 

For any of your concrete foundation repair needs, let the professionals at My Foundation Repairs offer you the best repair solution for your needs. With our experience and using the best products in the industry, you can be assured that the repair will last a lifetime. Contact My Foundation Repairs today.



Common Foundation Solutions from ECP

clock October 1, 2013 07:11 by author
Hire a professional foundation engineer to install the right repair solutions. By using helical piers and wall anchors, they can increase the longevity of your home's structure.

Your home is the largest investment that you can make. Foundation problems can affect your investment by costing you thousands of dollars. At My Foundation Repairs, we offer foundation solutions to fix foundation problems before they cause serious structural damage. Detecting the signs of foundation problems can help you save time and money in the long run. Look for cracks in bricks, doors that stick, cracks in drywall, cracks in floor, and leaning walls. Foundation problems can be caused by soil-related issuses such as poor compaction, soil erosion, excessive organic materials, poor waterproofing, and soil shrinkage. These soil-related issues can cause stress on your home's foundation. Our ECP repair products include plate anchors, helical piers, slab piers and wall anchors. Let our professional team inspect your home today.

Plate Anchors
At Foundation Repairs, we use plate anchors to stablize your leaning or bowing walls. Plate anchors are designed to secure your basement due to excessive soil pressure. This type of soil pressure can be caused by excessive water in the soil surrounding your home. As the pressure increases, cracks begin to form followed by leaning or bowing basement walls.

Plate anchors are uniquely designed by ECP. They consists of an inside wall plate, an outside anchor and a rod  fastening them together. The plate anchors are reliable and protected against corrosion. They are the most economical method for stablizing bowed and cracked walls caused by pressure.

Helical Piers
There are many advantages to using helical piers. If you are building a new home, we can replace old concrete piers with helical piers.  They are quick to install.  Helical piers will increase the longevity to support your home. They are an affordable choice of underpinning. Contact our qualified professionals to install your helical piers.

Slab Piers
Slab piers are used for homes that are built on a concrete slab foundation. They are installed into deep intacted soil to level and stabilze your home. The concrete slab and interior walls are lifted. This type of foundation repair offers an underpinning solution that minimizes stress.

Wall Anchors
Does your foundation repair need wall anchors? To keep your foundation from collapsing, My Foundation Repair can support your foundation with wall anchors. The wall anchors slowly pulls the wall back in place. They are a traditional foundation repair technique for wall repair. A deep hole is dug in the soil near the foundation. A rod is driven through the foundation wall from inside. It is emerged in the hole of the ground. A steel plate is inserted in the hole and the end of the rod is fastened to it. A light plate is installed on the inside. As the rod tightens, the wall is pulled back in place and closes the cracks. The outside hole is filled.

My Foundation Repairs can inspect your foundation repairs and determine which repair solution is suitable for your home. Call us today to fix your foundation. We install plate anchors, helical piers, slab piers, and wall anchors. We are your foundation repair team. Contact us today!

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Foundation Problems?

clock April 17, 2010 18:53 by author blogadmin
If you are having foundation problems, such as leaning and bowing walls, there are competent foundation repair contractors that are available to help you.

 

 

The one thing that nobody tells you about homeownership is the major problems that can happen. There are appliances that quit working, roofs that leak and basement walls that crack or settle. Foundation settling or shifting can be caused by many things. Before any foundation repairs can be made these items have to be identified and accepted. In the medical world the old adage is “cure the disease, and then treat the symptoms”. This is applicable to foundation repair also, we need to find out what is causing the issue, why is it causing a problem and then finding a solution to the problem.

The most common reason for foundation problems is water. Often it’s a lack of moisture and sometimes it is too much water. Issues with gutters, downspouts or drain tile are common. Drainage blocks are mostly due to leaves, debris, or failure. In a few cases the blockage causes the sump pump to reuse water that erodes and saturates soils along the basement. Rain water should be diverted away from the foundation to stop hydrostatic pressure on the foundation and floors. In times of drought water might need to be applied near the foundation to maintain more consistent soil moisture content.

Many times foundation problems, followed by foundation repairs, manifest themselves in the form of serious cracking of slabs or basement floors. Basement floor slab cracking can happen for several reasons. They can be significantly thinner than the plan requested or the sub base of stone may be significantly thinner than originally called for. Heaving often ends cracking as well.

Most drywall cracks appear in the corner of doorframes or windows and result from differential movement between framing and the drywall. Some wood frame movement can be due to standard processes such as shrinkage or temperature expansion.

Homes with a crawlspace sometimes show recurring damage patterns. Often a few vertical cracks in the crawlspace open and close seasonally. Due to their shallow foundation nature these cracks grow noticeably during intense times of drought or rain. Among several potential factors , these shallow footings may rest on expansive soil that experiences more acute cycles of shrink and swell, which is often aggravated by landscaping.

Repairing damaged foundations represents the greatest engineering challenge for a known problem. Wrongly supported pilasters, concrete piers , random crack filling, misapplication of carbon fiber strips and the engineering conviction that wider footings stop settlement are  examples of potential ill-conceived foundation repair methods.

The foundation fix starts with a total foundation inquiry by a competent foundation engineer. This engineer will visit the symptoms and measure the settlement of the structure while reading the appearances of damaged foundations. Upon completing his inquiry he will then give a written outline of the problems with suggestions for a cure.

Possible cures can be steel resistance piers, helical anchors, micropiles, tie-backs, plate anchors or waterproofing. With correct drainage, when these underpinning products are installed, per manufacturer’s specifications and under the guidance of the foundation engineer you can be warranted that your problem will be solved.

So, if you are having foundation problems, don’t panic. There are solutions to help, there are qualified engineers to help you and there are competent foundation repair contractors available to enact these solutions.

 



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