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What is Anchor Foundation Repair and When is it Used?

clock March 16, 2015 07:01 by author
My Foundation Repairs uses ECP products for foundation repair. These products are the very best in the industry.

What is Anchor Foundation Repair and When is it Used?

A foundation may need repaired if you have cracks in your foundation, windows and doors that do not close or fully lock, stair step cracks in brick lines, or the seperation of caulk from the edges of windows and doors.

 

Soil and base types are very diverse.  Soils range from shallow clay, weathered and dry, to the hearty deep soils.   These soils vary including water holding capacity, acidity, depth and nutrient status. All of these properties can influence the potential for successful foundations.  My Foundation Repairs will review your foundational issues and choose the proper repair tools for your specific needs.

 

There is a wide range of options for foundation repair.  My Foundation Repairs has a skilled staff to review your particular issue and offer the best solution at the most reasonable price.  Business owners and homeowners should be aware of the signs that they may have a problem with their foundation. Some of these signs are:  

  • Stair cracks
  • Leaning chimney
  • Sticking doors and windows
  • Cracks in walls
  • Cracks in floors
  • Drywall cracks
  • Stoop and porch settlement

 My Foundation Repairs uses only top grade, quality repair tools made by Earth Contact Products (ECP).  ECP repair parts made right here in the United States of America to ensure quality craftsmanship.

 

 

What are my options for repair?

 There are several time tested repair techniques used by My Foundation Repairs:

 

Heavy-duty steel push piers are used to permanently lift your home back to its original position. These piers are driven into the ground and the weight of the structure is shifted from weaker soils and distributed onto theWall repair using wall plate anchors steel piers. The piers is an end-bearing pier that does not rely upon nor require skin friction to produce support.  The advantages to using a push pier system is portable equipment allows for installation in smaller areas, such as crawlspaces.  They are load tested during the installation process, they allow for lifting of settled structures, and are corrosion protected.

 

Helical piers are used for the stabilization of foundations where there are smaller buildings or homes, unstable rock basement or very deep load bearing layers. Helical piers are used where there is a need to resist a tension or compressible force or both.   A helical pier is a steel shaft, similar to a large screw that provides support for a wide variety of structures. Helical piers are often used when soil conditions do not allow for a traditional foundation system.

 

Helical tiebacks are used to stabilize bowing basement walls. The most common reason for bowing walls is water pressure.  It can push the walls upwards (hydro-static pressure) or push laterally against a wall, especially in the colder climates.  These wall plate anchors called Helical tiebacks consist of an inside wall plate, an outside anchor and a high strength rod that ties them together. Wall anchors are the most cost-effective method for providing stabilization of bowed walls that have been affected by water and/or hydro-static pressure.



Foundation Repair - Not a DIY Project

clock October 1, 2013 06:06 by author
Don't hire your local handyman to fix your sticking windows and doors. A foundation engineer can repair your damages by using helical piers and steel piers.

Your home means the world to you and your family. On a regular basis you probably go around and check your foundation for any signs of damage. Any time you see a crack in the wall, you will need to investigate it further. Any type of crack can lead to further damage such as water leaking in or insects and critters making their way to your basement. When water leaks in, not only can your possessions get ruined, but the damage to your foundation walls puts your house at risk.

 Water damage often leads to bowed walls or leaning walls. When there is too much water in the soil, it puts pressure on the walls pushing them in and creating the bowing walls and making cracks in the foundation. When there is a lot of water in soil, it can get under your foundation and weaken the support under your house. Another thing you may notice is that your windows and doors are sticking. This may be due to weather conditions of humidity, but it also another signal to you that you may have foundation issues. No matter what the issue is with your foundation, you should always have a professional come out and take a look to assess any damage you are seeing.

Many homeowners often try to fix any problems themselves to save a little money. Foundation repair is not usually a do-it-yourself project. Filling in some of the gaps in the foundation with caulk may help for the moment. If there is more of a major issue, you are only putting off the help you may need from an experienced foundation repair company.  When you put off getting the extra help, you may be creating bigger problems that will cost you even more money. Many foundation companies use some of the best products on the market from Earth Contact Products (ECP).

A foundation repair contractor might suggest that helical piers and steel piers be used to support your foundation. These products are driven into the soil until stable bedrock is found. Now your house is lifted to level it should be at. This will take care of any settlement issues you may be having with your foundation. You may also need to have some plate anchors installed by your contractor to help brace your walls. The plate anchors will eventually straighten your leaning wall. Once you have done all this with your professional contractor, you may need to add interior and exterior drainage systems to your to do list. This will keep all the work you have done safe and your home stable.   



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