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How Local New Construction Methods Affect Foundation Repair

clock October 14, 2014 10:02 by author

Local Construction Methods Do Affect Your Foundation

New construction piersFoundation repair methods are often determined by local new construction building practices. Steel push piers are the predominate foundation repair methods for basement and crawlspace homes, whereas push piers and underpinning helical piers split in their use by foundation repair contractors for slab on grade homes.  As the article below, from the National Association of Home Builders, indicates home building practices varies greatly across the nation. As home building practices vary so do foundation repair methods. 54% of homes are built on concrete slabs, while 34% of homes are built with basements and 15% of homes are built with a crawl space. For more information about the best foundation repair methods, visit www.MyFoundationRepairs.com

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Foundation Problems Explained

clock October 28, 2013 04:43 by author
Know the warning signs of foundation problems such as bowing walls, leaning chimneys, leaning walls, and wall cracks.

Foundation Problems: What to Look For

Foundation settlement is the movement of a home or building to a point below its original position. This is usually caused by the shifting or compaction of the underlying soil. This can be caused by changes in soil conditions and moisture content, construction on previously disturbed soil or backfill. Knowing the signs of foundation problems before they become an even bigger problem will save you time and money in the long run. Early warning signs can be easy to spot if you are aware of changes happening in and around your home. Some are easier than others to notice. A sinking or sloping floor can be pretty obvious. You may think that because a door or window is hard to open, it's just old window frames or dried paint. Windows and/or doors that become hard to open or latch is another sign that more investigation needs to be done to your foundation. Other signs are: cracks in walls, especially over a doorway or window, cracks in tile or vinyl floors, leaning walls or bowing walls, leaning chimney, garage cracks, and slab cracks

If you are aware of any of these signs, a little more investigation is needed by going outside and looking down the length of your foundation and notice if it is straight or if there are any bulges or divots. If you see bulges or divots, it is a sign that your foundation has shifted. Next, check the walls and see if there are any signs of bowing or leaning. If so, this means that the soil has contracted and expanded causing pressure against the walls. Underlying soil expands when it gets wet and shrinks when it dries. This causes voids underneath the foundaiton causing it to shift or settle. 

Basements and crawlspaces should be checked to make sure that the posts are straight and are firm underneath the beams they support. Check to see if framing is wet or if there are puddles forming. If that is the case, it is a sign of poor drainage around the foundation. This poor drainage can also cause the soil beneath the foundation to shift or settle.

 

Concrete Cracks and What They Mean

Concrete and block foundations normally have a few cracks because it shrinks when it cures causing it to crack. These hairline cracks are not signs of foundation problems, However, if a crack is wider than a quarter inch, or you see stairstep cracks in the masonary joints, these concrete cracks are signs of foundation settlement. Another sign that a crack is of concern is if they are horizontal. This is an indication that water-saturated soil has frozen and expanded causing it to push the concrete in and breaking it. 

Solutions

By recognizing any of the signs of foundation settlement, this will give you a heads up if you are looking at a home to buy, or for your existing home's safety. A foundation repair engineer, can analyze the situation and suggest a solution. My Foundation Repairs will send an expert in your area to examine your foundation and answer any questions you have. The experienced foundation repair specialists use only the best underpinning products in the industry. The steel push piers, helical piers, plate anchors or any product that is needed for foundation repair are made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading manufaturer of foundation repair and basement waterproofing in the industry. 

My Foundation Repairs is committed to giving homeowners the most qualified and experienced foundation repair contractor in the area that uses only the best products available to repair any of your foundation problems. For a free estimate from an expert in your area, contact My Foundation Repairs today!

 



Prevent Foundation Problems From the Start

clock October 22, 2013 10:04 by author
If you are building a new home in poor soil conditions, you may consider hiring an expert to install helical piers during new construction.

New Construction Piers

Because foundation problems are a major issue for many homeowners, it is important to do everything you can to prevent them before they arise. This is especially important if you live in areas where the soil is susceptible to movement and shifting. If you are building a new home in such an area, you may want to consider the fast spreading trend of installing helical piers under new construction. Though they are normally used in foundation repair, helical piers can be a great tool to prevent your foundation from sinking or settling. A sinking foundation can cause various issues throughout other areas of the home - cracks in your foundation or walls, bowing or leaning walls, windows and doors that stick, uneven or sloped floors, and more. My Foundation Repairs connects you with professionals that use innovative methods to help protect against foundation problems.

Helical piers, also know as helical anchors or piles, are used to lift and stabilize failing foundations. They are screwed deep into stable soil beneath the constantly shifting, active soil that supports your foundation. Then, the weight of the structure is transferred onto the pier so that the foundation can be stabilized and the structure lifted back to it's original position. This is how helical piers work in foundation repair situations. When they are used for new construction, they are installed in much the same way; the advantage to installing helical piers under new construction is that they can be installed more accurately and with much more ease.

New Contruction Piers, Helical PiersSolutions and Advantages of Helical Piers

Some advantages to using new construction helical piers are that they are extremely strong and effective, and the process is practically pain-free. Helical piers have an extremely high load bearing capacity; they are able to support over 200,000 pounds per pier. They can also be installed in nearly all weather conditions and the installation process itself is quick and non-invasive.

Many common foundation problems can be avoided through the use of helical piers in your new construction. Foundations built on active soil are likely to settle or develop cracks. Usually, a sinking or settling foundation is caused by shifting in the soil around and under the structure. This can happen when there is excessive rain and the soil retains moisture, leading to high hydrostatic pressure. This pressure can be too much for the foundation, and may cause it to shift or crack. Foundations can also shift if the soil under them erodes, creating voids under the foundation. Shrinking soil due to drought conditions can also form such voids. By installing helical piers under your new construction, you will ensure that your foundation is well supported no matter what the soil conditions are, since the piers rely on the stable soil deep under the ground.

 The ECP (Earth Contact Products) helical piers used by My Foundations Repair contractors are the most reliable piers available. We recommend the best products and services to keep your home healthy and safe. If you are building a new home, consider using new construction piers to prevent foundation problems down the road.



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