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Concrete Foundation Repair

clock July 31, 2018 15:51 by author
There are a lot of reasons that you may be having trouble with your concrete foundation. Let My Foundation Repair find a contractor that specializes in your situation and will repair your home.

Concrete Foundation Repair

There are a lot of factors that can weaken or damage your concrete foundation. Poor construction techniques, water damage, hydrostatic pressure, seismic shifts, and more. Every cause has a different solution. Some foundation damage may even have multiple causes. The sooner you have a professional contractor to evaluate your property, the less time, money, and effort it will take to strengthen your concrete foundation. 

Causes of Concrete Foundation Damage

As stated in the paragraph above there are a variety of causes of concrete foundation damage. 

Water Damage

It doesn't have to take a flood to cause water damage to a cement foundation. A hairline crack can allow water in where it can erode the concrete or soften the cement. In addition, if the water inside the crack freezes, it can exert a large amount of pressure on the concrete blocks, weakening them and in turn, putting your home in danger.

Hydrostatic Pressure

If the soil surrounding your concrete foundation becomes oversaturated, it can exert a great amount of force against your foundation wall. This pressure can cause the walls to bow or even fail. Soil can become saturated through heavy rains or snowmelt, improper drainage, landscaping too close to the house, and other factors. 

Seismic Activity

When you hear "seismic activity" you usually think "earthquake" and this is most often the case, but vibrations from trains or heavy truck traffic can also weaken foundation walls. Joints can weaken, causing the walls to lose support and leading to other foundation problems. 

Solutions for Cement Foundation Repair

Just as there are many causes for foundation issues, there are a variety of repair solutions. It takes a contractor with knowledge and experience to determine the best solution for any given problem. Make sure your contractor has a reputation for expertise and honesty. 

Wall Crack Repair

Depending on the type and size of the crack, there are some options when it comes to wall crack repair. A contractor may choose to utilize an epoxy to fill and cement the crack or they may use a carbon fiber support to strengthen the weak point, providing your foundation some needed strength. 

Bowed Wall Repair

Just as carbon fiber can be used to repair a crack, a carbon fiber support can be used to strengthen a bowed or leaning wall. The carbon fiber strip is anchored to the ground and to the supports at the top of the wall. The carbon fiber is stronger than concrete and won't stretch or break.

Helical tiebacks can also be used to straighten out a bowed or leaning wall. The supports are driven through the wall into the supporting soil outside, They are attached to a bracket on the inside and are tightened until the wall is straight and strong.

Plate anchors are similar to helical tiebacks and are used to hold a bowing or leaning wall straight while strengthening the wall. Both applications involve drilling a hole through the wall and anchoring to the soil outside of the foundation. 

Choose a Reputable Contractor

The most important decision you will make when deciding to repair your concrete foundation is which contractor you will use. My Foundation Repair is made up of a network of reputable and knowledgeable contractors that use Earth Contact Products (ECP) tools and equipment. ECP is the industry leader in foundation repair equipment, so the contractors will be using tools that match their workmanship. 

Don't let your cement foundation problems go another day without being repaired. Call us today and let one of our contractors work with you to make sure your home is strong, stable, and secure.



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.

How To Know If Your Ceiling Cracks Are Normal or Dangerous

If you have noticed cracks in your ceiling, it may be a sign of foundation problems. However, some ceiling cracks are normal and not a cause for concern. Knowing the difference in ceiling cracks can reduce your stress and help save your home from structural damage.

If you are seeing cracks in your ceiling, there are a few things to check to see if the cracks in the ceiling have formed naturally due to age, or if they are a sign of structural damage.

  • Where are the cracks located? The location of the cracks in your ceiling is 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 natural house settlement (not to worry about). Cracks across the middle of a room can be troublesome and should be addressed immediately by one of the professionals at My Foundation Repairs. If you notice wide, long horizontal cracks across your ceiling or multiple cracks, you should contact a professional immediately.
  • 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. Once that weight is surpassed, the support weakens, the ceiling sags, and before you know it the ceiling collapses.

Ceiling Crack Repair via Foundation Piers

If ceiling cracks are the result of a foundation problem, My Foundation Repairs can help. We have contractors that use professional underpinning products manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader inare ceiling cracks normal? foundation repair products in the industry. Some of our ECP underpinning products include 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. 

Are your ceiling cracks concerning you? If so, 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.

Types of Ceiling Cracks - Vertical, Horizontal, Stair Step & Diagonal

What do matching vertical cracks mean? A crack that runs vertically across the ceiling and continues onto the wall is 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 with a local contractor in your area.

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.  Spiderweb cracks are relatively normal; however, if you notice a crack that is over 1/16 inches wide, you should 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. Call us today to get started with your free estimate for ceiling cracks and other foundation problems.



Types of Basement Construction

clock February 11, 2015 10:52 by author

Types of Basement Construction

There are several types of basement construction. The basement foundation of a home provides the strength to keep the home and foundation standing in all types of weather and environmental changes. There are three types of basement construction that are the most common. These are:

  • Poured concrete
  • Block, masonry walls
  • Precast panels

Poured concrete basement is the most common and the choice that most people prefer. This type of basement construction starts by pouring the footing for the basement foundation. After these are set, forms are used to hold the poured concrete wall in place as they dry. Poured concrete walls tend to be stronger than other types of basement walls.

A block or masonry wall is the least expensive for basement walls. This type of basement wall construction is made from cinder blocks. This method requires less time than other methods of basement construction. To increase the durability of this type of basement construction, steel rebar is sometimes used to reinforce the masonry wall. 

Precast panel basement wall construction is the method where the walls are molded at another location. Then the walls are transported to the building and place on footers. This type of basement construction is quite strong but is not as commonly done as poured or block basements. 

No matter what type of basement wall you may have, each type has its own sets of problems that can arise. A block concrete basement wall will bow easier than other types due to the pressure against the walls that weakens the mortar joints. 

The high hydrostatic pressure outside a poured concrete basement can cause water to seep through due to the pressure creating floor and wall cracks. 

Precast panel basement construction can have moisture problems if the joists are not properly sealed causing moisture vapor to get trapped in the panels. These panels can also attract insects unless they have been treated with boric acid.

Concrete Foundation Repair Solutions

No matter what type of basement concrete construction problem you may be having, the contractors at My Foundation Repairs has the solutions. We use only the best products for block foundation repair and any other type of concrete foundation. These products are manufactured byWall repair using wall plate anchors Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in foundation repair products in the industry.

To repair bowing basement walls, the contractors at My Foundation Repairs uses helical tieback anchors to pull the wall back to its original level. The installation is done by drilling a very small hole in the interior wall then with minimal outside excavation, the wall is pulled back to its original level. These helical tieback anchors also strengthen the wall so that there won't be any future bowing or leaning. 

Wall plate anchors are used to provide supplemental lateral force to stabilize basement walls and retaining walls. These wall plate anchors have a simple effective design which allows the repair to be completed quickly. There is minimal disturbance to landscaping. 

For any of your concrete foundation repair needs, let the professionals at My Foundation Repairs offer you the best repair solution for your needs. With our experience and using the best products in the industry, you can be assured that the repair will last a lifetime. Contact My Foundation Repairs today.



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