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Signs of a Sinking/Settling Foundation

clock October 1, 2013 06:24 by author
Leaning walls, bowing walls, and wall cracks are signs of foundation failure. Contact a professional if you notice any of these warning signs in your home.

From time to time it’s a good idea to walk around your home and look for signs of foundation problems. Some things to look for are cracks in walls or floors, leaning or bowing walls, leaning chimneys, even hard to open doors and windows. Don’t take any of these signs lightly. The longer you ignore them, the more devastating they can become to the home. If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to contact a professional that has experience in inspecting and suggesting the best solution to remedy the problem.  

A sinking or settling foundation needs to be taken care of as soon as you see any of these signs. The sooner it’s taken care, the less amount of damage and the less it will cost you in the long run. Foundation settling is caused by soil shifting due to an either poor construction when the home was built, poorly compacted soil, expansive soils, and deteriorating supports. 

As you inspect your home and find wall cracks, many homeowners believe that this was something that happened recently. However, this usually is a case where it has happened over time, and it’s important to treat these cracks as a potentially serious problem that needs to be inspected by a professional. 

Soil pressure can cause walls to tilt or bow because the wall is being pushed by soil pressure. Walls then crack when they tilt or bow. These cracks occur along joint lines between individual blocks. These cracked walls increase the chances of unwanted water in your basement or crawl space. Having these tilting and bowed walls checked early, can stop serious damage from occurring to your foundation. 

A leaning chimney is a sign that repair needs to be done on the support footing and foundation. The chimney is one of the essential and heaviest parts of the home, built on a small amount of space. The concrete footing that it is built on needs to be big enough to support it and keep it from sinking into the ground. If your chimney starts to pulls away from the house, gaps occur allowing water or bugs to enter causing further damage to your home.

Steel piers are a good choice for most of your foundation repair issues. They are economical and are a permanent solution for your home’s foundation. These underpinning piers are an end bearing pier that can provide safety and support because they do not rely on the soil skin friction.

Helical piers is another type of underpinning pier used. They are quick to install and excellent for foundation repair where limestone or load bearing soil are not easily accessible.

Plate anchors stabilize leaning or bowing walls and are the most economical method for stabilizing these leaning or bowed walls. The installation of these plate anchors are quick because the use handheld equipment and there is little disturbance to your yard and landscaping.

Earth Contact Products (ECP), is the leading manufacturer of foundation and basement waterproofing products in the industry. Contact a professional today for any of your foundation repair needs.



Foundation Repair Solutions for You

clock September 30, 2013 11:25 by author
We have the foundation repair solutions to restore your bowing walls due to foundation settlement.

Foundation Repair Solutions

When faced with a foundation problem, it can be overwhelming to look at all the possible solutions. You might be tempted to ignore all the confusing terms and attempt to solve the issue on your own, but in order to truly solve the problem, it is vital to contact an expert right away. They will present you with some solutions that can service your foundation repair needs and prevent any future damage. 

Foundation Repair Options

Professionals have a wide variety of foundation repair options. They offer anything from helical piers to plate anchors to stabilize your foundation, and many in between. In order to understand the solutions, it is important to understand the problem. Foundation problems are caused by a multitude of factors, including bad drainage, ground movement, and faulty construction. When the temperature and moisture levels in the soil change, the ground under and around your home sinks and shifts. A sinking or settling foundation is a hazard to both your family and your home. Foundation issues can dramatically decrease the value of your home, and create a health hazard that threatens the safety of you and your family. When looking for signs of foundation trouble, keep an eye out for some common problems. Usually, bowing, leaning, or cracked walls, a cracked foundation, a leaning chimney, slab cracks, garage cracks, or sticking windows and doors are signs that your foundation is settling. 

Luckily, foundation repair solutions are likely to completely resolve the problem and prevent any further damage. Helical piers, for example, are a common solution. They provide a quick, easy way to support your foundation and stabilize the area. Helical piers are easy to install and create little to no disturbance to the job site. When looking for a foundation solution for a new construction site or an old home, helical piers are always a great choice. 

Steel piers are more commonly used for problems caused by poor soil compaction and erosion. They provide an economical and permanent solution without having to rely on friction from the soil to support your home. These underpinning solutions are always tested during installation, so their safety is guaranteed. 

While helical and steel piers are used to support and stabilize the foundation, plate anchors are used to stabilize the walls. Cracked and bowing walls are stabilized during installation because plate anchors create enough supplemental lateral force to hold them in place. Again, plate anchors create little disturbance to the installation site and are and easy, economically friendly foundation repair option. 

Other solutions, such as retaining wall tiebacks and basement tieback anchors, are also used to stabilize and strengthen the foundation. Many foundation repair solutions provide immediate and permanent repair to the installation site, and will prevent future problems. Earth Contact Products provide "the very best" tools for foundation repair. This high quality equipment is affordable and guaranteed to last. 

When looking to repair a settling foundation, contact a professional right away. Ignoring the problem or attempting to repair it yourself can create more damage and bigger problems for the future. An expert would be more than happy to come assess your situation, give you an estimate, and provide you with the best solution. Let us help you find a specialist in your area! 



Check Your Foundation Before Winter

clock September 30, 2013 04:58 by author
Before winter arrives look for these signs of foundation failure: bowing walls, leaning walls, and garage cracks. Make the necessary repairs to avoid further damages.

With winter coming, it's a good idea to check if your foundation is in need of any repair. The soil beneath your home shrinks and swells throughout the cycles of wetness and dryness. This poses a threat to your home's foundation. When your home starts the settlement plunge, you will notice the joints and floorboards start to make mysterious noises and creaking. The severity of the settlement is based on different factors such as how well the house was designed and constructed, and how well the soil was compacted that your foundation was going to sit on. If too much soil was excavated for a basement or crawlspace, then backfill is needed which requires more attention during the construction period.

 

Several other factors can cause your home to settle. If your have trees close to your home, their roots search for water which can come from beneath your foundation causing the foundation to crack. The roots disrupt the soil compaction which leads to settlement. One of the first indicators of foundation settlement is wall cracks. If you suddenly notice several cracks that appear at the same time or small cracks that suddenly get larger, these are signs that you need to call a professional to take a look at your foundation.

 

Some more alarming indicators that your foundation is in need of repair are bowing walls, leaning walls, leaning chimneys, garage cracks, and sticking doors and windows. Any of these signs requires a thorough inspection of your foundation by a foundation repair professional. My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing has the experts that will inspect your home and suggest the best solution to any of your foundation repair problems.

 

Leaning walls can be taken care of by using minimal, non-evasive, cost efficient products to alleviate the pressure. Helical piers and steel piers are used to raise the home to its proper level. These piers are driven deep into the soil until they reach stable soil, then propped underneath your foundation. Helical piers are also used to repair a leaning chimney. These piers and be installed any time of year with little disruption to the surrounding area. Plate anchors may also be used to secure the walls that are bowing or leaning due to excessive soil pressure. Plate anchors consist of an inside wall plate and an outside anchor, then a rod is used tying them together. My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing uses products made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading manufacturer of foundation repair products in the industry.

 

Don't leave your foundation repair work to just anyone. My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing has the experts and use the best products available in the industry to repair your foundation. By checking your foundation before winter, and getting the experts out to inspect, this will save valuable time and money if these repairs are done sooner rather than later. Contact us today for any of your foundation repair needs. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and give you the best solution to your foundation repair problems.

Inside of House: Cracks in drywall, Doors and windows that stick, Misaligned doors and windows, Trim or molding misaligned



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