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The Effect of Hotter, Drier than Expected Summer Conditions on Alabama Foundations

clock June 20, 2016 09:55 by author
Alabama residents worried about the hot and dry summer weather affecting their foundations should call Affordable Foundation and Home Repair today.

The Effects of Alabama Summer Weather on Foundations

This blog post was written by Affordable Foundation and Home Repair of Alabama. We are Your premiere provider of foundation repair, basement waterproofing, and home repair in the Birmingham, Hartselle, and Huntsville, AL areas. Our team is licensed and insured in Alabama and uses ECP (Earth Contact Products) to ensure that our repairs keep your home sturdy for years to come. Contact us if you are in need of remodeling or foundation repair for your Alabama home.

There have been several reports lately warning Alabama residents to expect even hotter and drier conditions this summer. While you know that the hot, dry, weather during the summertime can be dangerous for you and your family, but you may not realize that this weather also poses a danger to your home's foundation, as warm and dry conditions result in soil shrinkage. 

As the temperatures rise and the ground dries out, the soil underneath your home will start to shrink. Soil shrinkage can lead to foundation movement - as the soil shrinks, it will shift and gaps may open up in the ground. If these gaps and spaces in the ground start form in the ground that supports your foundation, the concrete will start to lack the support that it needs. This will cause it to sink, shift, and even crack. Hot weather can also 

If you think that the hot and dry weather could be causing foundation problems in your home, look for telltale signs. These signs include cracks in the walls or floor, settling foundation, leaning or bowing walls, sloped floors, and foundation or brick cracks. 

Repair Options for Alabama Foundation Problems this Summer

If you are worried about your foundation this summer and have started to notice cracks and other signs of a foundation issue, call Affordable Foundation and Home Repair. We have the solutions that you need to fix foundation problems caused by the hot, dry summer weather in Alabama:

These are some of the services that we use to repair foundation problems in homes within our Alabama service area. We use several different kinds of ECP piers to lift sinking foundations and ensure the slab is stabilized. We also specialize in the installation of ECP helical tiebacks or plate anchors to reposition foundations that have started to shift due to soil shrinkage. 

Our other services include polyjacking, concrete repair, and crack repair. We use concrete repair and crack repair to fix structural issues and cracks in your home that may have arisen due to the stress the summer weather puts on your foundation. Polyjacking (injecting a polyurethane foam under the slab) is a great solution to fill voids resulting from soil shrinkage and lift your home. 

All of these solutions can help to protect your Alabama home's foundation from the negative effects of hot, dry, summer weather.



Pier and Beam Foundation Repair

clock February 11, 2015 09:38 by author

Pier and Beam Foundation Repair

If you have pier or beam issues in your home, it could mean that you are having foundation problems and the foundation is not doing the job that it is supposed to do which is to support the weight evenly to the beams and piers. There are several signs that you may be having a foundation that has settled or is unlevel. Some of the signs that you may be having a foundation problem are:

  • Sloping floors
  • Leaning chimney
  • Doors and windows that stick
  • Floor cracks
  • Wall cracks
  • Ceiling cracks
  • Shimming between piers and beams
  • Bowing walls

 

Failing foundations are usually caused by the soil beneath the foundation. If the soil was not compacted properly during the building of the home, this will cause the soil to be loose and move beneath the foundation. Also if the soil is expansive soil which means that it will heave when wet and shirink when dry, this constant movement of the soil will cause the foundation to move and shift. The shifting soil will also cause voids beneath the foundation causing the foundation to sink into the voids. 

If you see any signs that indicate that you may have a foundation problem, it is important to have an experienced foundation repair contractors come and inspect your foundation. My Foundation Repairs has specialized contractors that can come and inspect your home and offer you the foundation repair solutions that you may need. These contractors use only the best foundation repair products on the market today. They are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the very best in underpinning products in the industry.

Foundation Repair Solutions

My Foundadtion Repairs contractors can lift and stabilize your foundation using underpinning products such as steel piers and helical piers. These piers are driven deep into the ground through the unstable soil until they reach a more solid soil layer.

Steel Piers

ECP steel push piers are sometimes referrs to as micro piles or resistance piers. The patentented ECP steel piers are the standard for all piering method for foundation repair and are the choice for the contractors at My Foundation Repairs. 

ECP helical piers look like large screws that are individually installed into the ground and then load tested. After load testing the entire weight of the structure is lifted onto the piers to level and stabilize the structure. These ECP helical piers have many advantages such as:

  • Little to no vibration
  • Can be installed in any weather conditions
  • Immediately load transfer after installation
  • Installs below active soils
  • Easily load tested to verify capacity

If you are in need of pier and beam foundation repair, let the professionals at My Foundation Repairs offer you the ost effective repair solutions for your needs. When you contact us, we will send the most qualified contractor to help you with your repair needs. Contact My Foundation Repairs today.



Advanced Foundation Repair Options | My Foundation Repairs

clock January 14, 2015 07:40 by author
For advanced foundation repair, choose My Foundation Repairs for quality ECP underpinning and piering solutions from qualified contractors.

Advanced Foundation Repair - Underpinning & Piering Solutions

advanced foundation repair with underpinning and piering methodsIf you've noticed sticking windows or drywall cracks, My Foundation Repairs has permanent, warranted foundation repair solutions for your settling foundation. My Foundation Repairs has a group of qualified, professional foundation repair companies that we work with that use ECP products.Earth Contact Products (ECP) is the leading manufacturer in underpinning and piering solutions. Their products are uniquely designed and engineered to perform and restore the structural integrity of your foundation. Whether you have a slab foundation, poured concrete or crawlspace, they go beyond basic foundation repair for all commercial, residential and industrial projects to increase the stability of settling foundations.

ECP offers underpinning products such as steel push piers, helical piers, plate anchors, helical tieback anchors and more. All of the foundation repair systems are made with the highest standards offering unlimited benefits including:

  • Restores the structural integrity
  • Increases the value of the property
  • Warranty 
  • Resistant to corrosion and further settlement
  • Installed year-round
  • Made in the USA
  • Prevents and stops settling foundations
  • Repairs basement wall cracks and other foundation issues
  • Designed and engineered
  • Made with steel for recycling  

Underpinning and Piering Solutions for Foundation Repair

  • Helical and Steel Piers: Both helical and steel piers are driven deep into the soil until they reach solid bedrock. Each pier is loaded tested, then the weight of the structure is transferred onto the piers to lift the foundation back to its original position. The installation process is faster than other repair methods, and can be installed from the inside or outside of the structure. 
  • Plate Anchors: ECP wall anchors are a cost-efective repair method that used to stabilizes bowing basement walls and retaining walls. They are beneficial because they create little disturbance to the work area.
  • Helical Tiebacks: If you have bowing basement walls, helical tiebacks are used to stabilize and strengthen them. They can be installed through a small hole in the basement wall. After installation, the hole is sealed and repaired. 
  • Hydraulic Lift Slab Piers: Slab piers are a type of resistance piers used to support and lift concrete slab for homes and commercial buildings. They require minimal setup time using portable, vibration-free equipment. The weight of the structure is evenly distributed onto the piers. These types of piers do not rely on skin friction for support.
  • Helical Anchors: Helical anchors are designed to prevent soil movement beneath the foundation due to excess groundwater around the home. They lift and support structures where tension resistance and axial compression forces are needed.   

ECP also offers utility products such as light pole foundation, guy anchors and power installed anchors for tension and compressive applications. 

ECP products will restore your home's structure and soil-related conditions around your foundation. Our contractors will guard your home against soil shrinkage, poorly compacted soil, and softening soils. We'll help protect your investment for many years to come. Contact My Foundation Repairs today so we can assist you!



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