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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.



Be Your Own Inspector for Your Foundation

clock October 23, 2013 06:04 by author
To prevent foundation failure, be your own inspector. Check for concrete cracks, poor drainage, water leaks, and the vegetation around your home.

Foundation Inspection and Foundation Failure

Every home will eventually need a new roof, new paint or routine cleaning. Homes are an expensive investment that requires routine maintenance. Every homeowner should take care of their investment as best as you can. At My Foundation Repairs, we can help you maintain your investment by providing you with tools of knowledge so you can maintain the value of your home. At My Foundation Repairs, we urge our clients to inspect four areas of their home. These four areas include concrete/slab cracks, drainage, vegetation, and water leaks. We are your foundation inspection and foundation failure service provider.

Inspect Your Concrete and Slab Cracks

First, inspect concrete/slab cracks and separations. As the foundation of the home ages, so does the concrete. You may start to notice small cracks, but there should not be cracks or separations if your home is new. Homes that are 10 years old should only have a hairline crack. As your home ages, you may notice wider cracks. Typically homes older than 10 years, may have deep foundation cracks. You may also start to notice garage column cracks or gaps around the doors/windows. If you start to notice these foundation repair signs, don't be alarm. Contact our team of professionals so we can provide a foundation inspection.

Inspect Your Drainage System

Do you have drainage problems in your home? Proper drainage is the second area of inspection. This area of inspection can be very hard to assess because small foundation cracks are usually not visible. Look at the drainage pattern on the exterior of your home. Are your gutters clean from debris or leaves? Are your drain spouts in place? Start by removing all the debris in your gutters to redirect the water away from the foundation. Water can accumulate around the home causing potential foundation damage. Our team of professionals can install a drainage system to divert the draining water.

Sloping lawns and shifting soil can also cause settling foundation and structural repairs. A downward slope can cause poor drainage resulting to water pools. Professional waterproofing contractors can install an interior or exterior drainage system into the ground away from the foundation. For shifting soil, they can support your foundation beneath your home. Our service teams can be your foundation inspection and foundation failure providers.

Inspect Your Vegetation

To find out if your home needs foundation repairs, inspect the vegetation around your home. Your beautiful plants might be a pleasant sight to look at and cause an unpleasant disaster. Over time, they can destroy your foundation if they are closer than 20 feet of your home. The roots draw in water from the soil causing  soil shrinkage. This process damages the foundation. Also, make sure your trees and shrubs aren't adjacent to your property. Trees that are growing next to your foundation can also cause problems. Foundation contractors can inspect your foundation and prevent foundation failure.

Inspect All Water Leaks

Expanding soil can cause foundation failure. Check all the water sources in and around your home which include swimming pools, fountains, leaking pipes, and sprinkler systems. Make sure all water connections are secure from dripping faucets and condensation drip pipes. If they are not functioning properly, repair these problems as soon as possible.

By inspecting your home in these four areas, you can help stop further damage to your foundation. These inspection recommendations are to help you inspect your home's exterior. At My Foundation Repairs, we will make sure you receive free estimates if you think your home needs attention. We are your foundation inspection and foundation failure service provider.



What is a Concrete Crack?

clock January 4, 2011 15:41 by author blogadmin
Foundation experts can visual evaluate foundation and concrete cracks that are formed by settlement, heaving, bowing and other forces.

There are 3 guarantees in the concrete business:

1. It will get hard
2. It will not be stolen once is gets hard
3. It will crack

While there is not a negative in the first two guarantees of concrete, the third often becomes a source of concern and to many contractors, a source of revenue. The evaluation and repair of these cracks is an art and a science. Experience and visual evaluation is the art of crack investigation that guides foundation experts towards a solution to repair. The science of crack evaluation requires proof and documentation to support the art.

Once a foundation crack has been identified to be caused by settlement, heaving, bowing or other force, the next step is to determine whether the crack is getting larger or if it has stopped. The seasons of the year will dictate part of this as will obvious changes in overall moisture content of the surrounding soils. If you are in an extended dry or wet period (over one year) or if an outside influence has changed (water pipe leaking). Determining the progression of the foundation crack is the job of a crack monitor.

Crack monitors are devices that give a recording of movement relative to each side of a visual crack. Crack gauges determine the size of a crack. The evaluation criterion for IBC and IRC is a gap of .064". This means that if the crack is smaller than .064" the crack will not allow water to penetrate and does not cause concern for the overall stability of the structure at the present time. If the crack larger and/or has ruptured the foundation, a cause for concern is viable and the evaluation and monitoring is necessary. Rupture is defined as a crack that has penetrated both sides of a foundation element. Crack monitors evaluate the movement across a crack or rupture over a period of time to help determine the nature of structural problems.

Crack Monitors consist of two overlapping acrylic plates. One plate is marked with a millimeter grid, the other with cross hairs centered over the grid. Once installed, any movement can be easily seen and then recorded on the Crack Progress Chart provided with each monitor. Crack Monitors can be used to determine whether existing cracks are stable or still experiencing movement with a record of this movement to substantiate methods of repairs. The structures owner can be assured, with proof of movement, before repairs or proof of non-movement after a repair has been completed. The proof of non-movement can be critical to dispel visual or mental suspicions that unfounded.



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