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New Patent for Foundation Repair Industry

clock May 19, 2009 13:12 by author blogadmin
Introducing the latest patent product for the foundation repair industry. It is designed for uplift restraint as well as compressive loads of structures.


Earth Contact Products recently announced their latest patented product for underpinning foundations. The pier includes a pier shaft and a bracket mounted to the top of the pier shaft that supports the weight of the foundation along with a pair of braces that extend laterally from the pier shaft to the foundation.


This structural piering method and product was designed for uplift restraint as well as compressive loads of structures. The unique design was created by in house design professionals at ECP because of the growing need for uplift restraint on structures in both seismic and hurricane areas. Incorporated in the design are applications for ECP’s steel resistance and helical underpinning lineup of piers and bracket assemblies.


Jeff Tully, GM at Earth Contact Products, says “the bracket assembly fills a need in the foundation repair and underpinning industry. As the industries premier manufacturer of bracketing systems for the foundation repair and restoration industry we must always be listening to the industries needs and desires”.


US Patent number 7,195,462, dated March 27th of 2007 is one more reason the Earth Contact Products is known as “The Very Best” steel underpinning manufacturer. The uplift restraint product complements ECP’s lineup of resistance piers, helical anchors and brackets, helical soil nails, plate anchors, slab lifting devices and micropile bracketing systems. With the most complete lineup of brackets and piering systems Earth Contact Products offer specialty contractors and engineers many options for their needs.

Is your home showing signs of foundation problems?

clock May 19, 2009 11:03 by author blogadmin
Foundation engineers can repair foundation problems in your home by looking for wall cracks and signs of water damage.


Is your home telling you that you have a foundation problem? Is there water in your basement or crawl space? Are your basement walls wet? Are your walls cracking?

If you can answer yes to any of the previous questions you need to contact a foundation repair expert today. These are all signs that your foundation is under stess and needs to have a foundation expert evaluate your situation before thigs get much worse. When things get worse they get more expensive so walk through your basement or go into your crawl space and take a look and see what your foundation is telling you. To find a foundation repair expert and learn more about foundation repair signs and causes visit

Foundation engineers can be the best insurance that you can get when it comes to your homes foundation. An engineer will have your best interest in mind when he evaluates your homes foundation and he will give you tips and suggestions on what needs to be done and what you can do to help solve your current problem. The engineer then can oversee any repairs that need to be done and make sure that the work is performed correctly. To find a foundation engineer in your area visit today.

Your home is your largest investment, taking care of your home is money in your pocket.

Steel Pier Foundation Repair

clock May 1, 2009 11:13 by author blogadmin
Steel piers are a foundation repair solution that is used to restore any settled structure and provide suitable end bearing support for all structures.



Earth Contact Products’ Steel Piers were selected to support and restore this office building after the owner determined that the entire structure had settled between 1/8 inch and 3-5/8 inches.  The settlement was most likely caused by consolidation of fill soil on the lot.  Merit Structures and Restoration Company from Midvale, Utah installed ninety seven ECP Model 350 Steel Pier systems to recover lost elevations. The Model 350 ECP Steel Pier System installed here used a 3-1/2 inch diameter tubular steel pier that was hydraulically driven to as deep as 54 feet below the footing to reach a geologic stratum that provided the suitable end bearing for supporting the structure.    

Each pier was advanced through the consolidating soil until the pier encountered firm load bearing.  Once reached, each ECP Steel Pier was field load tested against this bearing stratum to a force greater what was required to support the structure.  Field load testing each pier after reaching end resistance verified that the bearing stratum was suitable for long term support.  This load testing also determined a factor of safety for each pier placement against future settlement.  In the case of this project, the field test loads were on average 155% percent above the working load requirements providing an average factor of safety over 2.5!  At each pier location a pier bracket was attached to the foundation.  Once all piers were installed to end bearing and the load capacity verified, the structural load was transferred from the failing soil under the structure to the verified bearing stratum deep below the surface.  This gentle and uniform load transfer was accomplished by banks of hydraulic jacks that were all connected through manifolds to electric hydraulic pumps.  One jack was installed on each pier bracket to accomplish the load transfer and recovery of lost elevation. 

There was minimal disturbance to the building’s occupants during the restoration process.  Because ECP Steel Piers were installed using quiet, vibration free hydraulics, it was “business as usual” in the office during the underpinning installation.




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