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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.



Residential, Industrial and Commercial Foundation Problems and Solutions

clock December 17, 2014 11:28 by author
If you are in need of residential, industrial or commercial foundation repair, contact My Foundation Repairs. We use ECP products for foundation repair.

Residential Foundation Problems and Repair

Your home is where you spend most of your time and it should be a safe haven for you and your family. A home is a big investment and you want to make sure that it stays strong and safe for many years to come. There are times, though, that your home may need some repairs done to ensure that it stays safe and strong. One of the issues that can occur to your home is foundation problems. Knowing what the signs are of foundation problems is the first step in getting the problem taken care of. Some of the signs that you may have foundation problems in your residence are:

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  • Sloping floors
  • Windows and doors that stick
  • Ceiling cracks
  • Wall cracks
  • Sloping floors
  • Stair and stoop proplems
  • Garage sinking
  • Leaning chimney
  • Floor cracks

All of these are signs that you may have a foundation that has shifted or settled. The sooner the repair is done, the better. Foundation problems can lead to total foundation failure, causing structural damage throughout the entire home. 

Foundation problems can occur due to poor soil compaction, changing moisture content in the soil, and weak bearing soils. If you notice any of the signs or if you are concerned about your home's foundation, My Foundation Repairs has foundation repair contractors that will come and inspect your home and see if you are in need of foundation repair. Our contractors use only the best products available for foundation repair. The underpinning products such as steel push piers and helical piers are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in the manufacturing of foundation repair products in the industry. 

The ECP steel push piers and helical piers are driven deep into the ground through the unstable soil until they reach a solid soil layer. The piers are individually load tested then the weight of the entire structure is hydraulically lifted onto the piers to lift and stabilize your foundaiton. If you have bowing or leaning walls, the ECP helical tiebacks are used to pull the wal back to its original level. So if you are in need of residential foundadtion repair, contact My Foundation Repairs and an expert contractor in foundation repair in your area will come and give you a free inspection and offer the foundation repair solution for your needs.

Industrial Foundation Problems and Repair

Keeping industrial property properly maintained will increase annual revenue and reduce liability issues. Industrial foundation problems occur due to the constant vibration and pounding from machinery and the constant traffic. Industrial foundation problems also occur due to the constant changing in the moisture content beneath the foundation. As the soil moisture changes, it will cause the soil to heave or shrink, creating a constant shifting of the soil. As this soil shifting is taking place, the foundation that is sitting on it is also shifting and moving. So combining the heavy-duty machinery and the shifting of the soil, the foundation of the industrial structure may suffer over time.

Not all foundation repair contractors have the ability to repair industrial facilities. My Foundation Repairs uses contractors with experience and knowledge in repairing industrial foundations. The foundation repair products used for industrial foundation repair are manufactured by ECP and are the best in the industry. 

ECP steel push piers are installed deep into the ground until they reach a solid soil layer. Each pier is then load tested. After the load testing is completed the structure is lifted onto the piers and the foundation is stabilized. These piers can be installed year-round without any major disruption. It is important to keep your industrial facility properly maintained. The contractors from My Foundation Repairs have 

Commercial Foundation Problems and Repair

When commercial buildings have a foundation problem, it can expedite the wear and tear on the machinery. Floor cracks are one of the signs of a foundation problem.  These cracks will create a tripping hazard and increase the liability and personal injury claims. Some of the other signs that you may have a foundation problem is a sloping floor. This, too can cause wear and tear on the machinery. 

Some foundation repair contractors are not experienced in commercial foundation repair. The contractors from My Foundation Repairs has the experience and uses the best products for commercial foundation repair. The products that our contractors use are all manufactured by ECP, the best in the industry. The underpinning products, steel push piers and helical piers, are installed deep into the ground until they reach a solid soil level, and the entire weight of the commercial structure is lifted onto the piers.

Don't let your commercial foundation problems be ignored. The longer the problem is not taken care of, the more structural damage that will occur to the structure. Let My Foundation Repairs have an experienced commercial foundation repair expert come and give you a free inspection and offer you the foundation repair method needed for your commercial foundation problem. 



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!

 



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