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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.



Helical Piles at Berklee College of Music

clock November 18, 2011 11:45 by author
Helical piles were used to renovate the Berklee College of Music just in 10 working days.

Helical Piles for Renovation

 

Helical piers, Helical piles

Berklee College of Music was renovating two existing buildings to make safety upgrades, including the installation of a new elevator. The project involved constructing several new foundations inside the buildings. Deep foundation support was required because this area of Boston was filled-in and the soils conditions were generally unfavorable for conventional spread footings.

Helical Piles: Engineered Foundation Technologies installed a total of 40 ECP helical piles to support the new loads. The pilings advanced through the poor fill soils and anchored into the Boston Clue Clay below. Pile lengths varied from about 18 feet deep to 28 feet deep.

EFT built a load frame and conducted a pile load test on a helical pier. This testing was done to confirm the performance of the helical pier system. The project was successfully completed in 10 working days.



Solar Power and Helical Anchors

clock January 28, 2010 08:28 by author blogadmin
The use of helical anchors and solar power are efficient solutions and renewable energy sources for your home or business.

 

The use of helical anchors is making the installation of large solar panel facilities simpler and more efficient. Efficiency is one of the key ingredients for solar panels. Solar panels can be the optimal solution for you with minimal disruption to your home or business. Solar Power is a safe choice. Solar power is available in quantity at peak usage times. Current solar panels offer up to 50% more power than panels of just a few years ago. Solar panels that are more efficient provide the strongest return on your investment.  Higher efficiency means more savings per square foot. Helical anchors help make this all possible.

Helical ground anchors are engineered deep foundation members that provide high compressive and tension holding power. Their unique design can eliminate concrete foundation members that are often the source for construction delays. Helical anchors can be configured for most renewable energy applications in most soils. Installation of helical anchors is very fast and can be performed using relatively small equipment in hard to access site conditions. A verifiable load capacity can be determined for each location to assure owners of long term stability.

Efficiency, efficiency, efficiency are three things that solar power and helical anchors have in common. The fourth item is renewability. Solar power is obviously a renewable energy source that will help satisfy our energy appetite. Earth Contact Products, a major helical supplier to the Solar Industry, uses recycled steel in the production of their helical products.  According to their website, http://www.earthcontactproducts.com/Recycling.asp , “Our tubular products … are therefore at least 95-98% recyclable”. This commitment to recycling and Green Initiative makes helical anchors and solar power very Earth Friendly and Efficient.



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