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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.



Sloping Floors? Hairline Cracks? Time for House Leveling!

clock February 11, 2015 05:52 by author

Sloping Floors? Hairline Cracks? Time for House Leveling!

Have you noticed that your floors are sloping or that you have hairline cracks in your walls, floors, tiles and drywall? These are all signs that you may have foundation problems. There are several reasons why a home may settle. Some of the most common reasons are:

advanced foundation repair with underpinning and piering methods

  • Improper backfilled soil -  If the soil beneath the foundation was not properly backfilled during construction, the soil will shift causing the foundation to shift and settle.
  • Tree roots - If trees are too close to a home, the roots will drink up all of the water beneath the foundation, creating voids. The foundation will sink into these voids.
  • Expansive soils - Expansive soils such as clay soil will expand when wet and shrink when dry. This constant heaving and shrinking of the soil will cause the foundation to shift and move.

When a home's foundation has settles, it will cause the entire home to be unlevel. Some of the signs of an unlevel house are:

  • Leaning chimney
  • Doors and windows that stick
  • Sloping floors
  • Wall cracks
  • Ceiling cracks
  • Drywall cracks

If you see any of these signs that your home's foundation has settled and has become unlevel, it is important to have a professional come and inspect your home and offer house leveling repair to get your home back to its original level. My Foundation Repairs has the experts that can come and give you a free inspection and offer you the best repair solutions for your house leveling needs.

House Leveling Solutions

The contractors at My Foundation Repairs use underpinning products such as helical piers and steel push piers that are the best in the industry. These products are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in foundation repair products in the industry.

Steel push piers are an end-bearing pier that does not rely upon nor requires skin friction to produce support. These piers are driven deep into the ground through the unstable soil layers until they reach a solid soil layer. Each steel push pier is installed and load tested individually using the maximum weight of the structure as the reaction force. After installation and load testing, hydraulic jacks are placed at multiple locations and then the entire weight of the structure is transferred onto the piers. The home will be leveled and stabilized for many years to come.

Helical piers are used for applications where there is a need to resist a tension or compressive force or both. These helical piers look like a large screw and are individually installed and load tested after they reach a solid soil layer. Then the entire weight of the structure is lifted onto these helical piers to lift and level the house and foundation.

These piers offer many benefits including:

  • Can be installed year-round
  • Have a warranty
  • Restores the structural integrity
  • The piers are resistant to erosion
  • Made in the USA

If you see any of the signs of foundation settlement such as sloping floors or hairline cracks throughout your home, let the constractors at My Foundation Repairs come and inspect your home and find the best repair solution for your needs. We will get your house leveling done with the best products in the industry made by ECP. Your repair will last for years to come. Contact My Foundation Repairs today!



Understanding Piering Products

clock October 22, 2013 10:11 by author
Helical anchors and steel push piers can be used to repair settling or sinking foundations.

Foundation Underpinning Products

For homeowners, a sinking or settling foundation can be a frightening issue. If your foundation is settling, it could cause various problems to arise throughout the home. These problems include cracks in your floor, walls, or ceiling, bowing or leaning walls, uneven or sloped floors, sticking doors and windows, and more. These can be dangerous issues for you and your family. If you notice any of these common problems, contact a foundation repair contractor immediately to have the problem taken care of. My Foundation Repairs can help connect you to a professional foundation repair specialist in your area.

The most effective way to repair a sinking or settling foundation is with a process called underpinning. Underpinning is the use of a pier or anchor driven into the ground to stabilize the foundation. These piers minimize stress to keep your foundation sturdy and close any cracks that may have formed. There are a few different types of piers - each have certain advantages, and it is good to examine all of your options before deciding which is the best solution for you.

Piering Solutions for Settling Foundations

The first, most common type of pier is the steel push pier. These steel piers, also known as resistance piers or steel piles, are a great option for foundation problems that arise from poor soil compaction, soil shrinkage, erosion, or improper footer embedment. Unlike concrete piers, steel push piers are end-bearing piers and do not rely on skin friction to provide support. During the installation process, they are individually load tested to ensure safety. They are driven into stable soil beneath your sinking foundation, and the weight of the structure is transferred onto the pier so that it can be lifted back to it's original level.

The next type of pier is a helical pier. Helical piers work in much the same way as steel push piers. The main difference is that instead of merely being driven into the ground, helical piers are screwed in to provide even more support. Once they have been screwed into the stable soil under the layer of active, shifting soil beneath your foundation, the structure's weight is transferred onto them and it is raised to it's original position. Helical piers are reliable enough to support your home for a long time to come. They also have a high load bearing capacity, making them the ideal choice to support your home. Helical piers can also be used in new construction instead of old fashioned concrete piers; this will help protect your home against future foundation problems. Also, helical piers are easy and quick to install in any type of weather, meaning that they are an efficient choice for your foundation repair needs.

Other types of underpinning and piering products include slab piers, resistance piers, and micropiles, all of which work in a similar fashion to steel push piers and helical piers. ECP (Earth Contact Products) offers reliable piering products for any foundation repair situation. If you notice the symptoms of a sinking or settling foundation, do not hesitate - let My Foundation Repairs help you get in contact with a professional foundation repair contractor right away!

 



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