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Foundation Repair Techniques

clock November 6, 2014 06:13 by author

Foundation Repair Techniques 

Your home is a big investment. It is important to make sure that it is well maintained. When the foundation of a home is damaged, the entire structure will have damage. When you look around your home, check for some of the signs that you may have foundation problems. Some of these signs are:

  • Wall cracks
  • Floor cracks
  • Sloping floor
  • Leaning chimney
  • Bowing walls
  • Ceiling cracks
  • Doors and windows that stick
  • Cracks in brick or masonry
  • Stair and stoop problems
  • Garage foundation problems
  • Beam and post problems

All of these are signs that you may have a serious problem with your foundation. If you suspect that you may have a foundaiton problem, let My Foundation Repairs be your resource for getting a professional in and have your home inspected. The first step is to contact us and let us know what concern you are having with your foundation and we will send a foundation specialist that is in your area, to your home and give you a free inspection. If they find that you are in need of foundation repair, they will give you an estimate and find the best solution to get your foundation structurally sound again.

Foundation Repair Methods

Our specialists use a variety of foundation repair methods depending on what type of problem they find. These methods include:

  • Steel piers
  • Helical piers
  • Helical tieback anchors
  • Plate anchors
  • Hydraulic slab lift piers
  • New construction piers

Steel piers - There are four main steps to install steel piers. First, the ground is excavated around the foundation. Then the foundation bracket is mounted for the piering s

ystem. Next the steel pier is installed deep into the ground until the reach a solid soil layer. After installation, the weight of the structure is transferred onto the piers.

Helical piers - Helical piers look like a very large screw and are ideal for foundation repair applications such as support for porches, steps, stairs and chimneys. 

Helical tieback anchors - Bowing or leaning walls can be repaired using helical tieback anchors. These tieback anchors are attached to the interior of the wall and tension is applied to straighten the wall and keep it from bowing in the future.

Plate anchors - Plate anchors are part of the system for fixing bowing or leaning walls. These plate anchors are attached to the wall and the rod that pulls the bowing walls back to its original level.

Hydraulic slab lift piers - These piers are used for sinking or settling slabs.

New construction piers - Putting in piers before a foundation is poured will prevent foundation problems from ever beginning.

All of our specialists also provide foundation repair for commercial buildings.

All of the products that our repair contractors use are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP). These products are the best products in the industry today. If you are in need of a foundation repair specialist, don't hesitate to contact My Foundation Repair. We will make sure that the very best repair specialist in your area contacts you to give you a free inspection and answer any questions you may have. Our representative will work with from start to finish and make sure that your foundation will be structurally sound for many years to come. Contact us today!



Options for Foundation Repairs

clock July 11, 2013 02:40 by author
A professional foundation engineer can support and stabilize your home's foundation by using ECP foundation repair products.

Foundation Repair Options

We all need options and this is never more evident than when it comes to your home. Your concrete foundation provides critical support for your home and it is necessary that your foundation be kept in good repair at all times. Any type of damage to your foundation can cause many different problems, ranging from a leak in your basement to a problem with the stability of your home. You do not need any of these issues, so if you have an issue with your foundation, you should call in the professionals right away to give you some options for foundation repair. By working with a professional to solve your foundation issues, you can keep your home safe for your family and you can protect the long-term value of your home.

  

Options for Foundation Repair

 The best type of foundation repair is going to vary depending on a variety of different elements. Your location and the soils around your home has a large impact. Soils in Chicago for example and soils in Kansas City and soils in Virginia Beach each have unique profiles which have an impact on your foundation. The cause of the problem greatly impacts which method of repair is right for you. The extent of the problem also will play a role in what foundation repair method is best. Finally, your budget is going to have an impact in how your foundation is repaired as there are certain options that have a lower cost than other methods of repair.

  

The best way to choose the right foundation repair method is to have an experienced and qualified foundation repair expert come to your home, evaluate your situation and give you details on the different options available to you. A qualified foundation expert can help you weigh the pros and cons of each option, you can then make an informed choice and select the best foundation repair method that will provide a long-term and comprehensive solution to your issues.

  

Some of the different foundation repair options that you may wish to consider and that your foundation repair expert may tell you about include the following:

  

        Push Piers. Steel push piers provide support against settling or sinking basement walls. These highly engineered bracket systems are installed under your foundation and piers or piles are driven deeply into the soil to provide permanent support for your home.

         Carbon Fiber straps or strips. Carbon fiber uses straps to stop cracking or bowing of the foundation in your home. There is no need to do any outside excavating of your home when high quality carbon fiber is the chosen method of foundation repairs.

 

        Plate Anchors. This option involves the installation of steel reinforcement plates on the inside and outside of your basement wall, which then are attached to provide supplemental support for bowing or leaning basement walls. There is only minor excavation that needs to be done and can be completed very quickly.

 

        Crack injection. This is a very simple and straightforward solution when your foundation has cracked. A special polyurethane or epoxy can be used to fill the cracks in basement walls. Polyurethanes provide a flexible seal against water and epoxies are used as a structural repair to permanently seal basement wall or floor cracks.

  

These and other options should be discussed with your foundation repair expert so the right solution is found given the nature of your foundation issues.

Note: It is always recommended that you consult with a professional foundation engineer before beginning any structural foundation repair project.



Foundation Repair Myths

clock February 22, 2013 06:54 by author
Before you believe the myths of foundation repairs, hire a foundation engineer so you can get advice.

The Myths Behind Foundation Repair

When you own a home, the last thing you want is a cracked or settling foundation. Unfortunately, it happens all too often, resulting in theFoundation repair, foundation settlement
need for professional foundation repairs. When it comes to something as serious as structural problems, quite a few myths exist. It's important to dispel misinformation and wild claims to get to the root of the problem and obtain the professional help you need from engineers and foundation repair professionals.

 Foundation Repair Myths

1. Foundation repair scares off potential home buyers

Real estate law requires full disclosure when it is time to sell your home. If you've had foundation repair work done on your home, you have to let potential buyers know. While hearing that you've had foundation repair may scare a few inexperienced buyers off initially, most will not, if you have the documentation and have used an experienced and respected foundation repair contractor. If you also have a report from a foundation engineer that explains the original problem and then signs off on the repair the prospective buyer can be assured that it is a permanent fix.

 The simple fact is, the majority of homes experience some sort of structural foundation problems during their lifetimes. Purchasing a home with a professionally repaired foundation, means buying a home that should never need similar foundation repairs again.

2. Foundation repair means a destroyed yard

Hiring a professional foundation repair company doesn't necessarily mean your lawn will be destroyed. While some repair techniques require excavation of earth around the foundation walls, others can be performed from inside and require little or no  exterior excavation. For example, methods such as installing high quality steel push piers inside your basement can be accomplished without exterior excavation. Also, crack repair, epoxy and polyurethane is a relatively simple repair done on the inside, when performed by an expert foundation repair contractor.

Remember, not every crack calls for the same repair technique. Before deciding on a foundation repair method, an experienced foundation repair specialist should find the root of your problem. He then will let you know if digging up the earth around your home is required.

3. Foundation repair is expensive

 When most think of foundation repairs, you probably picture yourself emptying your retirement account to pay for it. Today that has changed. Finding a crack in your basement wall doesn't mean you are about to break the bank. Modern foundation repair methods and techniques have come to your rescue. The cost depends on the cause of the crack and a settling foundation can even be done cost effectively.

Often foundation repairs consist of a simple, inexpensive polyurethane injection to prevent water intrusion or other procedures. Determining the true cause of your foundation cracks and settling can save you time and money. Call a foundation repair professional to diagnose your home's problem.

 4. Get three bids and take the cheapest

Not all contractors are created equally. The lowest bid is not always the best choice. This is your home, a home for your family, do research and hire professional engineers and high quality foundation repair contractors. Just because you do things correctly does not necessarily mean that you will spend more money.

Find a contractor with proper experience, training and insurance. How long have they been around? Are they backed by a national manufacturer? Will they still be there in the future if you have more problems? Are they approved by your foundation engineer? An experienced company offers solid warranties that protect you against unforeseen problems. Cheap and inexperienced contractors will give you just that – cheap work.

Nothing speaks for a contractor's work like his reputation. Ask around and find customers who have used them for similar projects. You can't go wrong with a contractor who has a good reputation with happy former customers and engineers that like to work with them.

While this list is not all inclusive. Searching http://www.myfoundationrepairs.com/ will provide you with the information about foundation repair that will educate you so you can dispel other myths about foundation repair.

Hiring a Foundation Engineer

 

Hiring of a foundation engineer is the most important piece of advice. These foundation engineers will evaluate your structure and write an analysis of the structure. They will know what type of foundation repair is needed and what products are needed to get the repair done correctly. Whether it be helical piles, steel push piers, wall anchors, or wall tie-backs, your foundation engineer will have the answer. Make sure your foundatiaon is protected by a nationally respected manufacturer that stands behind their products. 



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