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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.

Ceiling Cracks Repaired by My Foundation Repair 

Knowing the difference in ceiling cracks can reduce your stress and help save your home.  All homes and businesses are subject to movement, that is normal.  It can be caused by weather fluctuations or by settling groundwork below the home or business.  If you are seeing cracks in your ceiling, there are a few things to check to see if the cracks in the ceiling are due to age or structural damage.

  • Where are the cracks located?  The location of the cracks in your ceiling are 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 house settlement.  Cracks across the middle of a room can be troublesome and should be addressed immediately by one of the professionals at My Foundation Repairs.  Multiple, wide, or long cracks in the middle of the ceiling should be looked at as there may be more going on than the everyday home or business owner can detect.
  • 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, but once that weight is surpassed then the support weakens, the ceiling sags, and before you know it the ceiling collapses.

Ceiling Crack Repair

If ceiling cracks are a result of a foundation problem, My Foundadtion Repairs has contractors that use underpinning products manufactured by Earth Contact Produccts (ECP), the leader inadvanced foundation repair with underpinning and piering methods foundation repair products in the industry. These  ECP underpinning products are 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. 

So if you notice ceiling cracks, it is important to 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.

Ceiling Cracks are Often Times Normal

What do matching vertical cracks mean?  A crack that runs vertically across the ceiling and continue onto the wall are 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.

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.  Spiderwebs are normal; however, with this being said if you notice a crack that is over 1/16 inches wide, 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.



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:

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  • 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!



Most Popular Foundation Repair Products

clock January 7, 2012 20:50 by author blogadmin
A foundation repair contractor can determine the cause of foundation failure and provide foundation products to repair wall cracks.

Foundation Repair Causes

What causes foundation failure? There are many reasons why your foundation may be failing. Hot and dry weather conditions could cause soil to pull away from your foundation. This results to moisture imbalance causing cracks in the interior and exterior of the home. Your landscaping could also cause foundation failure. Trees and shrubs planted too close to the foundation causing transpiration. During transpiration, tree roots dehydrate the soil underneath the home leading to soil shrinkage and settlement of your home. Make sure all leaking pipes are repaired. Leaky plumbing can lead to foundation problems. As a homeowner, make sure you have the best waterproofing solution. Having proper drainage, can eliminate moisture build up that causes soil to expand. Clean all of your gutters and make sure you have the downspouts to redirect the flow of water away from your foundation. Poor building site preparation and ground preparation are also key factors leading to foundation issues. Knowing the causes of foundation failure will save every homeowner time and money in the long run. Repair these issues as soon as possible before it is too late.

Foundation Failure Signs

There are crucial signs to look out for when identifying foundation failure. These signs can be in the interior and exterior of your home as well as the garage. Walk around the perimeter of your home and look for cracks in the bricks, gaps around the window frames, a leaning chimney, concrete cracks, and garage column cracks. Look inside of your home for cracks in the drywall, sticking windows, concrete cracks, misaligned doors/windows, and sloped floors. Check your basement for cracked floors, water stains on floors and walls, and bowed walls. Don't forget to check your crawl space. It can be an area that many homeowners overlook. Inpsect this area for tilting or leaning walls, bowing walls, insect infestation, and cracks in the foundation. There may also be a musty odor due to high moisture and mildew.  Without foundation repairs, these conditons can get worse costing you time and money in the long run. Don't  jeopordize your family's health by exposing them to dangerous mold.

Foundation Repair Methods

When homeowners notice cracks in the foundation along with doors and windows sticking many realize that they know nothing about these structural defects nor do they even know what their options are. Just knowing your options can lead many people to a solution that fits their home, situation and budget. Knowledge is power when it comes to the structural foundation repairs.

The chart below provides which foundation repair underpinning and wall support products are used across the country. This data is a cross section of information gathered over the past decade.

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Contact your local foundation repair contractor or professional foundation engineer to find the best solution for your foundation problems. Your foundation repair contractor will inspect the situation and repair it.



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