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Concrete Foundation Repair - What to Do When Concrete Problems Occur

clock February 11, 2015 09:56 by author

Concrete Foundation Repair

If you notice changes in the concrete around your home, it could be a sign that your concrete foundation is in need of repair. Some of changes in concrete to be aware of are:

  • Concrete scaling - Concrete scaling is the loss of surface mortar
  • Concrete spalling - Concrete spalling is easy to see as the concrete becomes rough and flaky
  • Concrete cracks
  • Concrete heaving
  • Concrete shrinking

If you notice any of these changes with your concrete, it can also mean that your concrete foundation may be in need of repair, too. Your foundation concrete is not as obvious to see as the concrete surrounding your home. When the concrete surrounding your home is damaged, this can mean that the soil beneath your concrete along with beneath your foundation has shifted and moved. This shifting of the soil beneath both your concrete and foundation will also cause them to shift and move as well. Knowing if your concrete foundation is damaged, you need to look around your home for some of the signs that may indicate that the foundation has shifted and moved. Some of these signs are:

  • Sloping floors
  • Wall cracks
  • Floor cracks
  • Ceiling cracks
  • Bowing or leaning walls
  • Leaning chimney
  • Sticking doors and windows

Any of these signs can mean that your foundation may be in need of repair. It is important that if you find any of these signs, to have an expert in foundation repair come and inspect your home and foundation. My Foundation Repairs has contractors that can come and give you a free inspection. These contractors use only the best products for foundation repair. These products are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in foundation repair products in the industry.

Foundation Repair Solutions

After the conctractor from My Foundation Repairs inspects your foundation and determines that it is in need of repair, they will find the best solution for your repair needs. To repair your foundation, we use underpinning products such as helical piers and steel push piers. We also repair concrete foundation walls using toebacls amd wall anchors.

Both the steel piers and helical piers are driven deep into the ground until they reach a solid soil layer. Then the piers are individually load tested and then using hydraulic jacks, the entire weight of the structure is lifted on the piers to lift and stablize the foundation.

Helical tieback anchors are used to stabilize and strengthen bowing concrete basement walls. These helical anchors are installed from inside the basement wall through a small hole and with small exterior excavation, the basement wall is immediately pulled back to its original design. These helical tieback anchors also strengthen the wall so that there won't be any future bowing or leaning of the wall.

If you see the concrete surrounding your home is damaged, then it is important to have a professional in foundation repair come and make inspect your foundation, too. The sooner the foundation is repaired, the lease amount of structural damage will occur throughout your home. Don't hesitate to contact My Foundation Repairs and let a contractor inspect your foundation.



All helical anchors are the same, right?

clock February 12, 2011 19:41 by author blogadmin
Not all helical piers are made the same. Know what kind of helical pier you have to increase the longevity of your home's structure.

 

From a distance, helical anchors from manufacturer to manufacturer look similar, but are they? In simplest terms – No they are not the same. As a matter of fact, there can be huge differences in helical anchors. Some suppliers use old oilfield pipe (known as J55 pipe) and this can make a huge difference in longevity and structural safety of the helical anchor.

First of all, the used oilfield pipe available for the helical anchor market is pipe that is deemed no longer fit to be used in the oil rig. With the high oil prices and the pipe shortages, the oil rig operators are wearing it out before they sell it.

Let's talk about salt water in oil production. Most of the existing wells in Texas, Oklahoma and the Midwest are classified as stripper wells. These are wells that produce a 90% / 10% mix of fluid on a daily basis. This means that if the well produces 10 barrels of oil a day, it also produces 90 barrels of saltwater per day. The affects of saltwater on steel pipe does not need explanation. Furthermore, periodically, acid is drawn down the wells to help the flow of fluids into the well bore. Once again, not much explanation needed.

Last but not least, the most destructive effect on oil field pipe is known as rod wear. Inside the oilfield pipe, which is known as drill stem, are the sucker rods. Now very quickly, a brief lesson on oil production. The pumping unit sits on the surface. Attached to the horse head on the pumping unit is the bridle. Attached to the bridle is the polish rod. Attached to the polish rod are the sucker rods. Down deep in the hole is the rod pump. To pump this fluid (saltwater & oil) out of the hole, the horse head, the polish rod, the sucker rods and the pump have to go up & down constantly. These rods, going down through this pipe are rubbing against something and that something is the used casing pipe (J55 pipe). Oilfield operators generally will not stop using this pipe until they have determined that 30% or more of the wall thickness is gone.

To spell it out, these super hard rods, rubbing constantly against the casing pipe, causes some very thin spots inside the pipe. So, pipe that was nice and thick when it was new, has salt-water corrosion, acid corrosion and very thin spots due to "rod wear". Does this sound like pipe that should be used to manufacture helical anchors that provide structural support?

Obviously not all helical anchors are the same. Manufacturers that use old oilfield pipe may be putting your structure at risk. Why would they do this? Cost is the only reason. New structural steel pipe cost a bit more but is certified to specifications and is designed to provide years of structural support. Not all helical anchors are the same, as a matter of fact, there are major differences between helical anchors.

 



World of Concrete Show

clock January 23, 2011 17:29 by author blogadmin
The World of Concrete is a convention for contractors that specialize in concrete and foundation repairs.

 

The World of Concrete (WOC) is a convention and expo for concrete and foundation contractors to visit and learn from exhibitors. The 2011 World of Concrete, while less attended due to economic reasons, fulfilled its goals for many specialty contractors from around the country. Weston Opat, National Sales Manager for Earth Contact Products, said "while attendance was down, the quality of visiting contractors was significant".

Earth Contact Products has displayed their foundation repair products and services at the WOC for 11 years. Recent years has seen declining numbers of visiting contractors yet many continue to come and seek out new products, knowledge and procedures. Many exhibitors, like Earth Contact Products fulfill these needs and provide ways for many contractors to diversify and expand their businesses during tough economic times. Weston Opat spoke of contractors that he visited with from Washington, California, Nebraska, Connecticut, Maine and Canada who all are seeking a quality manufacturer of helical anchors, steel push piers and wall anchors. While many of these contractors were able to visit with several manufacturers, "ECP appears to fit our needs in many ways", says Bill Ford (WCM Contractors).



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