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4 Steps to an “Economic Foundation Repair”

clock July 20, 2010 14:29 by author blogadmin
Homeowners can get 'economic foundation repair' by: hiring a professional engineer/contractor, listening to the engineer, and installing a proper drainage.

 

In these trying times of a recession, one doesn’t like to spend money on non-essential items.  Buying a new 47” Vizio Flat Screen TV on sale is a non-essential item, having your foundation repaired is an essential item,.  Foundation problems do not fix themselves.  The signs of foundation problems might temporarily leave as the seasons change, but will return with greater possibilities of more damage.   How can a homeowner receive an “Economic Foundation Repair”?  This can be accomplished by following four easy steps: 

 

1.       Hire a Professional Engineer:

Why do you need a professional engineer?  You want a professional engineer first to look and assess your foundation problems. This will explain why it has happened and how to fix the problem.  Therefore, when it is time to solicit bids for your project all contractors need to bid what is required by the professional engineer.   How do you find a professional engineer?  Search yellowpages.com  or  yellowpages for heading Engineers, from here look under subheadings for Structural. 

 

2.       Follow recommendations of the professional engineer: 

Engineers are not doing work for the sake of doing work.  They have been trained in school as well as in the field of what is right or what is wrong.  How much experience do you have?  The recommendations should be carried out, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t question the reason why.  A good professional engineer will explain the reasons for the recommendations.   He or she is only looking out for the safety of you the customer and your home.

 

3.       Hire a professional contractor:

When hiring a professional contractor ask your professional engineer for referrals to call.  Get at least 3 to 4 quotes on the exact work the engineer has requested to be done. Make sure your contractor is licensed and insured with referrals of similar work.  Review and have the contractor explain all work he is quote.

 

4.       Proper Drainage:

After all work is completed, make sure you have the correct drainage completed.  This might involve new gutters, down spots, French drains, or foot drain and sump pumps.  The major contributing factor to foundation problems is water.  Make sure you get water away from you foundation as quickly as it appears.  If you take the steps in proper drainage you could save money down the road from having to get other parts of your foundation repaired.

 

As a homeowner, to get an economic foundation repair one must get professionals involved.  This will save you time and money in the long run by insuring your foundation is correctly repaired the first time.  The contractor you have chosen should complete the work as directed by the engineer.  It is then your obligation, as a homeowner, to make sure your house has the correct drainage.  If you have questions on the correct drainage, be sure to ask your structural engineer. If you follow the 4 steps mentioned your success rate of economic foundation repair can be achieved, as well as, preventing future foundation problems elsewhere in your home.   

 



Earth Contact Products Hires New Engineer

clock July 24, 2009 08:21 by author blogadmin
Earth Contact Products hires a new engineer, Chad Banister. He is responsible for customer technical support, product testing and regional technical seminars.

 

Chad Banister has joined Earth Contact Products as a Staff Design Engineer at it’s Olathe, Ks. headquarters. Banister graduated from Kansas State University in 1994 with a BS in Architectural Engineering. Mr. Banister will be working directly under Don Clayton, PE ECP’s Senior Engineer along with consulting engineer Dr. David Kraft, Phd, PE. 

Banister is responsible for customer technical support as well as product testing and regional technical seminars. Details of upcoming seminar locations can be found at www.earthcontactproducts.com/News.asp . Earth Contact Products provides free technical support for the engineering community and its customers alike as it pertains to their products and the applications of their products. The preliminary design service is available to all contractors and specifying engineers in the foundation construction business, to assist in the design and application of its products.

 

Earth Contact Products is a manufacturer of steel foundation products for underpinning, new construction and the utility industries. From helical anchors and resistance piers to helical soil nails and wall anchors ECP is recognized as a leader in their set industries.

 



World of Concrete Foundation Repair Technical Seminar

clock February 24, 2009 06:43 by author blogadmin
Contractors attend the World of Concrete Foundation Repair Technical Seminar to ensure that every job is performed with the latest foundation repair methods.

Earth Contact Products held their annual engineering and technical information seminar at the Rio Hotel and Suites in Las Vegas. The seminar,  Techniques for Rapid Design and Bidding Deep Foundation Projects coincided with the first day of the World of Concrete Trade Show. The technical seminar, presented by Don Clayton, PE covered subjects including Estimating Structural Loads on Footings, Determining Safe Pier Spacing, Helical Shaft Selection and Slender Shaft Buckling.

This annual technical seminar was attended by over 40 companies representing 34 states including engineers, foundation repair contractors and design professionals. Each attendee was presented with a complimentary copy of ECP's Seventh Edition Design and Technical Service Manual for their individual library of industry related text. This latest edition in technical manuals by Earth Contact Product is quickly becoming the industries source book for steel deep foundation products and their applications. ECP offers this resource book on their website www.earthcontactproducts.com , along with other valuable foundation repair industry information.

Earth Contact Products is the industry leader in foundation repair technology and customer support. The national network of factory trained installation specialists cover 46 states including all major cities. Earth Contact Products also provides a free preliminary design service for its installers and industry engineers to ensure that every job is done right and efficiently. If your foundation needs fixed demand that only ECP products are used to support your foundation.

 


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