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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!



Commercial Foundation Repair

clock October 28, 2013 09:03 by author
For commercial foundation repair solutions, a licensed professional can use heavy duty helical piers to lift and stabilize sinking foundations.

Commercial Foundation Repair

Homeowners are not the only ones who struggle with foundation problems. Commercial property managers and business owners also have to deal with foundation related issues quite often. Whether it is an office building, business storefront, or a multi-family structure, any type of building is at risk of developing a shifting, settling, or cracked foundation. One thing that makes many commercial building especially susceptible to problems like these is the great weight of the buildings. Commercial buildings usually have wider and deeper footings, taller walls, and greater loads than the average home. For this reason, commercial foundation repair is becoming more and more popular.

The dangers of neglecting foundation repair are quite significant. If you fail to fix your foundation, your commercial building could suffer from cracks in the walls or floor, leaning walls, bowing walls, sticking doors and windows, sloping floors, and more. Foundation problems can even lead to water issues, especially on lower levels and around the foundation of the structure. These are issues that are not only annoying, but could also be dangerous to those working in and utilizing your structure. Foundation repair is no trivial matter - hire a professional foundation repair contractor to inspect and repair your commercial structure.

Methods and Products for Commercial Foundation Repair

Commercial Foundation RepairCommercial foundation repair solutions usually involve many of the same techniques as residential foundation repair methods. Some of the most well suited products for foundation repair are heavy duty helical piers and heavy duty resistance piers. These extra strong piers have a great lifting capacity, vibration free installation, and easy load verification. Piers like these are normally used to lift and stabilize a sinking foundation. They do this by driving or screwing (in the case of helical piers) into the ground under the failing section of the foundation. The weight of the structure is then transferred onto the pier. which is used to stabilize the foundation and raise the building back to it's original level. Other foundation repair products that are used in commercial foundation repair include helical tiebacks and plate anchors, used to straighten and support leaning or bowing foundation walls. This is accomplished by drilling a hole into the yard that is adjacent to the affected wall and driving an anchor into the ground. This anchor is then connected to a plate in the wall by a tie rod, relieving the pressure on the leaning or bowing wall. A qualified foundation engineer can help you choose the right products and methods to restore your commercial building to top condition.

Since foundation repair is a vital part of keeping your structure safe, it is important to hire an experienced foundation repair contractor that has been specifically trained in commercial foundation repair. Because of permitting rules and complicated factors such as structural weights, soil conditions, and live loads, a foundation engineer is usually required to perform commercial underpinning or structural work. Do not underestimate the importance of foundation repair; if you see an issue with any component of your commercial structure, contact a foundation engineer immediately to diagnose and treat the problem. My Foundation Repair can connect you to a foundation repair contractor with the expertise to take care of your foundation repair project.



Be on the Lookout: Causes of Foundation Failure

clock October 1, 2013 06:52 by author
If you suspect your home has foundation failure, call a professional immediately. They have the knowledge and equipment to repair your foundation.

Foundation Settlement

The foundation of your home is the most important part of your home's structure. It is the base of your home. The frustration of foundation problems for a homeowner could be endless and financially draining if not properly addressed by a professional in the foundation repair business. The causes and signs of foundation failure are many. Homeowners need to be aware of what to look for and a professional in the business can find out what the cause is.

Focusing on the causes is important and can help the experts determine the best solutions to your foundation repair needs. Water is the leading cause of concrete foundation failure. The evaporation of soil can cause it to pull away from the foundation while excess moisture from drainage problems washes the soil away from the foundation. Improperly prepared soil when the home was being constructed can cause the soil to shift. The roots of mature trees that are close to your home can draw moisture from the soil beneath your foundation.

Steel push piers are also commonly known also as micro piles, push piers, or resistance piers. Unlike concrete cylinders, these end-bearing piers do not rely on or require skin friction to produce support. Helical piers are used when there is a need to resist both tension and compression forces. Helical piers can be installed in all weather conditions, there is little to no disturbance to landscaping, and they can be installed below active soils. 

The warning signs of a foundation that has settled can be seen both inside and outside of your home. By looking for these signs and catching them early, can reduce further damage and save money in the long run. What to look for in the interior of your home: Cracks from the corners of interior walls, doors and windows that get stuck or don't open or close properly, warped or cracked floors. What to look for on the exterior of your home: Cracked bricks, shifting of walls, cracks in the foundation, separation of concrete around doors and windows or garage doors.

Earth Concrete Products (ECP) is the leading manufacturer of foundation and basement waterproofing products in the industry. Steel push piers and helical piers as well as plate anchors and wall anchors are some of the most commonly used solutions for foundation failure and foundation problems in our industry. 

ECP also offers carbon fiber repair. The bowing wall laminate and bowing wall fabric that can be installed to counteract the soil pressure placed on basement walls. Carbon fiber fabric is used over basement wall cracks to provide more strength to the cracked area. Floor stitching is a fiber stitching system used to bridge shear forces that cause cracks in floor slabs.

Protect your investment. Look for foundation failure signs both on the interior and exterior of your home. If you suspect that your foundation is in need of repair, call a professional. They have the knowledge and equipment to repair any of your foundation repair needs. 



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