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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.



How to Know You've Found the Right Foundation Repair Company

clock June 6, 2018 12:05 by author

Whenever you have a big problem with your home, whether it be your roof, HVAC, or areas in our realm such as waterproofing or foundation repair, it's hard to tell when you might be taken for a ride. How do you know you have found a GOOD foundation repair company? How do you know you are looking for a good foundation repair contractor? We have some tips for you and questions to ask that might help narrow the field.

Years in business or years of relevant experience in the industry. You want to know that the people you are working on have experience. Obviously, if someone has been in the industry longer will know more about diagnosing your problem. Consider years of combined experience as well. 

Can you find good reviews and testimonials about the foundation repair company you are looking at? Reputation means a lot. If others had a good experience your chances are better of having a good experience. 

Is the foundation repair company you are looking at licensed and insured? Ask right away for the contractor's license and insurance information before you get too far into the process. If something happens to your home you want to make sure you are protected. You can ask for a certificate of insurance from the contractor's insurance provider. 

Does the foundation repair company offer a warranty? For foundation and waterproofing products that will be installed in your home, you want to know that the foundation repair company will back it up with a warranty. Good companies like ECP will stand behind their products with a solid warranty.

Cost and Time involved in your foundation repair or waterproofing project should be taken into account. While the best foundation repair company might not be the cheapest, they should be honest about their cost. Also, knowing the time and even the extent of the work that will be done are big factors.

Clean up is an important part of any job. Make sure that the foundation repair company you work with is willing to leave your property the way that they found it when they leave. 

Our foundation repair contractors fit the bill with all the items above. ECP has a careful screening process and only works with the best of the best when it comes to foundation repair companies. Call us today to get matched with the right one for your job. 



Foundation Repair DIY and Cost Questions

clock May 7, 2018 06:29 by author
Is foundation repair ever a DIY job? Do you need a structural engineer? Is every foundation repair super expensive? These are questions we answer in this article. We can also put you in touch with a local professional to help you with your foundation repair project.

Is Foundation Repair a good DIY project? 

 

Foundation repair is a home repair that shouuld not be considered a do-it-yourself project. To diagnose a foundation problem you really need an expert in foundation repair or a structural engineer. While a homeowner can recognize foundation problems such as settlement, sloping floors, or wall cracks, it is very important for the homeowner to recognize that there is a varity of different types of foundation repairs and many involve the installation of piers and underpinning products beneath the structure to make sure that problems will cease.

 

What is a structural engineer?

 

A structural engineer analyzes support for homes, buildings, and even bridges. They can design the support for these structures as well. You have to be certified in structural engineering and a structural engineer is a specialty that falls within civil engineering. You can learn more about structural engineering at http://www.ncsea.com/

 

Are their any foundation repair projects that ARE DIY?

 

It is not recommended to do any foundation repair projects yourself. This is because while some projects seems small, such as a small crack in the foundation wall, it may be hiding a much larger foundation repair problem. If you don't have an inspection done, you won't be aware of the larger problem and it will just get worse. Since your foundation is the key to the overall health and safety of your home, it isn't something you want to mess with. Every potential foundation problem should be inspected to rule out larger issues. 

 

Is every foundation repair project expensive?

 

Not every foundation repair project costs 10's of thousands of dollars. There are some repairs that are a lot less expensive such as repair a small crack or adding carbon fiber to strengthen walls. It is still important to get these projects checkout however since they can mask larger foundation issues that could lead to foundation failure. 

 

If you have any other foundation repair questions or are even considering foundation repair as a DIY project, contact us at My Foundation Repairs. We can help you find an expert in your area to make sure your foundation repairs are done right and aren't hiding any larger issues. Financing is available in many cases, so let us know if you require financing and we will try to find a foundation repair contractor in your area with financing options. Call us today if you have questions or need help finding a local contractor. 



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