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Are Cracks in the Ceiling Normal?

clock March 12, 2015 10:18 by author
Ceiling cracks can be a sing of foundation settlement. Contact My Foundation Repairs for a free inspection. We use ECP products, the best in the industry.

How To Know If Your Ceiling Cracks Are Normal or Dangerous

If you have noticed cracks in your ceiling, it may be a sign of foundation problems. However, some ceiling cracks are normal and not a cause for concern. Knowing the difference in ceiling cracks can reduce your stress and help save your home from structural damage.

If you are seeing cracks in your ceiling, there are a few things to check to see if the cracks in the ceiling have formed naturally due to age, or if they are a sign of structural damage.

  • Where are the cracks located? The location of the cracks in your ceiling is a good way to tell what is going on.  Normally, if the crack is located along the edges of the ceiling it is because of natural house settlement (not to worry about). Cracks across the middle of a room can be troublesome and should be addressed immediately by one of the professionals at My Foundation Repairs. If you notice wide, long horizontal cracks across your ceiling or multiple cracks, you should contact a professional immediately.
  • Are your ceilings bowed? If you notice a bow in your ceiling along with visible signs of cracking, that is a sign of a large problem.  The joists in a home can only support a certain amount of weight. Once that weight is surpassed, the support weakens, the ceiling sags, and before you know it the ceiling collapses.

Ceiling Crack Repair via Foundation Piers

If ceiling cracks are the result of a foundation problem, My Foundation Repairs can help. We have contractors that use professional underpinning products manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader inare ceiling cracks normal? foundation repair products in the industry. Some of our ECP underpinning products include steel push piers and helical piers. These piers are driven deep into the ground through unstable soil layers until they reach a solid soil layer. Then each pier is load tested. After load testing, the entire weight of the structure is transferred onto the piers to level and stabilize the foundation. 

Are your ceiling cracks concerning you? If so, contact a professional to come and inspect your home and see if the cracks are due to foundation problems. My Foundation Repairs will send a contractor out to give you a free inspection and offer you the best foundation repair solutions for your repair needs. It is important to get the repair done as soon as the issue is noticed. The sooner you get your foundation repair done, the least amount of structural damage will occur throughout your home.

Types of Ceiling Cracks - Vertical, Horizontal, Stair Step & Diagonal

What do matching vertical cracks mean? A crack that runs vertically across the ceiling and continues onto the wall is a major concern.  This is a sign of structural damage to the home or business in question.  Usually, this can be attributed to a natural disaster such as an earthquake or tornado, the settling of a home over an extended time, or a man-made incident. Note that the size of the crack can help you determine the severity of your problem. You can contact My Foundation Repairs to schedule an estimate with a local contractor in your area.

What does the term spiderweb cracks mean? Spiderweb cracks are not necessarily located just in the ceiling of a home or business. They can also be found in walls, floors, and grout lines. Most of the time, a spiderweb crack appears in older homes and is caused by the settling of a house or business.  Spiderweb cracks are relatively normal; however, if you notice a crack that is over 1/16 inches wide, you should contact a professional to investigate the situation.

The most common reason for ceiling cracks is moisture, and frankly, that is normal also.  It is recommended to find the source of the moisture and eliminate the problem.  Moisture often times is the result of improper water drainage.  Perhaps the gutter system is clogged or there is another cause for the roof to leak.  This moisture, change in temperature, and air floor change can cause cracks.  Thankfully My Foundation Repairs is here to help you. Call us today to get started with your free estimate for ceiling cracks and other foundation problems.



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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