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Why Foundation Crack Repair Kits Don't Always Work

clock February 10, 2014 11:34 by author
Don't rely on foundation crack repair kits for foundation cracks. The experts at My Foundation Repair offers epoxy or polyurethane crack injections for settling homes.

Why NOT use a Foundation Crack Repair Kit?

As a homeowner, when you see a foundation crack, it should not be ignored. Most homeowners first identify concrete cracks in their basement, either on the wall or on the floor. Foundation cracks can also be found on garage floors, patios or in-ground pools.These cracks will widen over time and result in water seepage or possibly loss of structural integrity. Foundation cracks can hinder the value of your home. Trying to repair foundation cracks using a foundation crack repair kit is not a permanent fix. If you notice large, recurring cracks or bulging walls in your home, don't try to fix these yourself. The cracks may indicate a more serious structural problem. A professional should be contacted to inspect your foundation to see if the cracks are a result of structural damage. 

You can find products in the stores for filling cracks in concrete walls, however, these products can fail after just a few years if your foundation continues to move slightly. The truth about foundation cracks is that the foundation problems never go away just by filling the foundation cracks with a sealant or patching kit. The longer you ignore these foundation cracks, the more complicated and costly the repair will be. It is important for homeowners to get their foundation cracks inspected by a professional who can give a permanent solution for foundation cracks. 

The professionals at My Foundation Repair and Waterproofing can inspect your foundation cracks and offer a better and permanent solution for your foundation crack repair.

Why are Epoxy or Polyurethane Injections a Better Option for Crack Repair?

For foundation crack repair, epoxy and polyurethane injections are a better option than fixing your foundation cracks using an at-home repair kit. The ECP epoxy and polyurethane injection resins are designed to seal cracks and eliminate water and air leaks from basement walls. The professionals at My Foundation Repair and Waterproofing can provide this effective permanent solution to leaking cracks. 

Epoxy injection is used to weld cracked concrete walls back together, restoring the structural integrity of the wall. This epoxy permanently repairs cracks and creates a bond that becomes stronger than the original wall. These injections are done from the inside of the basement and are completed in just a few hours. 

Polyurethane foam injection is ideal for filling wider cracks. The ECP polyurethane foams work for filling voids and sealing around pipes. Polyurethane foam injection is the best way to stop an active foundation wall leak. The expanding foam completely fills the crack and prevents future water leaks. The water will remain outside and will not be able to penetrate into the inside. 

These epoxy and polyurethane foam products are much more heavy duty than the crack repair kits you can buy in the store. They are designed to be used by professionals to permanently repair foundation cracks. Getting your foundation crack repair done right the first time will save you money in the long run. Trying to repair foundation wall cracks and having it fail in a few years, will only make the matter worse. The cracks will not be fixed and can cause more damage than if a professional is called to do it right the first time. Don't hesitate to contact My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing to get a professional in to inspect your wall cracks and give you a permanent solution for your foundation wall cracks. 



What is Pier Foundation Repair?

clock February 10, 2014 06:59 by author
My Foundation Repairs uses foundation piers by Earth Contact Products to increase the integrity of your home's foundation. Call for a free estimate.

What are Foundation Piers?

Making sure foundation repairs are done by professionals who are experienced and use the best products available in the industry is important. My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing uses foundation repair products made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the best underpinning products made in the industry. Underpinning your home and repairing your foundation with products such as steel piers, helical piers, helical tieback anchors, plate anchors, and hydraulic lift slab piers will ensure that the integrity of your foundation. 

Foundation repairs are usually the result of soil-related problems such as poor compaction, overloading, poor waterproofing, soils that expand and shrink with changes in moisture content, and excessive organic materials. Foundation piers will permanently stabilize your home's foundation and lift your home back to its original level. If you have noticed cracks in your walls or floors, have doors or windows that stick, or notice uneven floors, you may be experiencing foundation settlement. My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing has the experience and products to help stabilize your foundation. 

Foundation Repairs Using Steel Push Piers

Steel push piers are the most common foundation repair product used for foundation underpinning. The ECP steel piers are an easy, economical solution that will provide long-lasting results. These steel push piers are hydraulically driven deep down to load-bearingFoundation Repair using Steel Push Piers stratum or rock suitable to support the load. These piers are driven individually and the entire structure works as the reaction. A friction reduction collar is attached to the lead section of the pier pipe. This collar is used to create an opening in the soil that has a larger diameter than the pier pipe. This reduces the skin friction on the push pier pipe as it is driven into the soil and allows the installer to load test and verify that the pier has encountered firm bearing stratum or rock. Push pier advantages are:

  • Can be installed in all weather
  • Steel push piers can reach greater depth than other options
  • Long lifespan - ECP steel push piers are resistant to corrosion
  • Does not require invasive equipment to install
  • Lifts foundation back to level position

High-pressure hydraulic jacks are placed at multiple locations during the load transfer, reducing the load on each pier to only the design working load. ECP steel piers are the first choice for foundation repair professionals. 

Foundation Repair Using Helical Piers

Helical piers are ideal for foundation repair when there is a need to resist a tension or compressive force or both. These helical piers are used for both heavy structures and light structures such as stoops and decks. These helical piers are screwed into the earth until they reach the stable soil. They are placed at pre-calculated intervals to spread the load of the structure. Brackets are then attached to the foundation wall base and the weight is transferred to the piers. My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing uses the best helical piers made in the industry today. If you are in need of foundation repair, the experts at My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing have the experience and products, such as helical piers, to stabilize your foundation. Don't ignore the signs of foundation settlement. We can help you with your foundation repair needs.

Foundation Repair Using Helical Tieback Anchors

Helical tieback anchors are used to straighten and stabilize bowing basement walls. These helical anchors are installed from inside the basement wall through a small hole. With exterior excavation, the basement wall can be immediately pulled back to its original level. They are installed using lightweight, portable equipment and are not affected by weather and can be load tested immediately upon installation. My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing along with the ECP will match the correct helical tieback anchors to your application or load requirement. Helical tieback anchors not only can help with basement walls but can also be used for:

  • Seawalls
  • Retaining walls
  • Shoring
  • Temporary wall support
  • Tilt up construction

If you have noticed tilting or bowing walls, the damage will only get worse over time. Walls that are damaged due to soil pressure, will also increase the likelihood of unwanted water in your basement. Don't hesitate to contact the experts at My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing to get your bowing or tilting walls fixed using helical tieback anchors made by Earth Contact Products.

Foundation and Wall Repair Using Plate Anchors

Wall plate anchors are designed to stabilize cracking and bowed foundation walls. These plate anchors secure basement walls that areWall repair using wall plate anchors bowing or tilting due to excessive outside soil. The plate anchors made by Earth Contact Products, consist of an inside wall plate, an outside anchor and a high strength rod that ties them together. These plate anchors provide supplemental lateral force to help stabilize the bowed and cracked walls. The installation requires minimal excavation or disturbance to landscaping. My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing can repair bowing, leaning and cracked basement walls using these plate anchors with little disturbance to your landscaping or home. Because the plate anchor assembly is made with hot-dipped galvanized steel, they will be protected against corrosion for many years. 

Slab Repair Using Hydraulic Lift Slab Pier

Slab push piers are a unique type of resistance pier that are on concrete slabs. My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing uses these slender steel slab piers made by Earth Contact Products to support concrete slabs. These slab piers work just like other resistance piers, as they are eng-bearing piers that don't rely on skin friction to produce support. The resistance slab piers are installed using a grid pattern with spacing that is no greater than five feet apart. After the piers are installed, the slab load is transferred across the piers uniformly and evenly by activating the hydraulic rams simultaneously with the ECP manifold lift system. Slab piers are used anytime you have a slab of four or more inches in thickness to stabilize and lift the slab that is failing due to soil conditions that are too weak to support the slab. The installation is accomplished inside the structure through an eight inch, core drilled access hole. These Earth Contact Product slab piers install quickly due to their minimal setup time. So if you are in need of slab repair, let the experts at My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing install these hydraulic lift slab piers. 

For any of your foundation repair needs, contact the professionals at My Foundation Repair and Waterproofing for a free estimate.



The Average Cost of Foundation Repair

clock December 27, 2013 07:01 by author
A licensed professional will assess your foundation damages and determine a foundation repair cost.

Many homeowners or business owners tend to ignore the signs of foundation problems because the cost of foundation repairs just seems to daunting. Understanding the costs of foundation repair is important because it may save you from larger problems in the future. Many foundation repairs don't cost as much as you think, but foundation failure IS a very large costing repair that you want to avoid. Foundation repairs can cost anywhere from 1,000 dollars to 10,000 dollars. Why the wide range you ask? There are so many factors that play into your foundation repair cost. Knowing what those costs will be will help you be prepared to find the right solution for your home or business.

What Factors into Foundation Repair Costs?

Foundation Inspection: Most people don't have the expertise to inspect their own foundation, although it is recommended to know the signs of foundation failure including bowing and leaning walls, wall cracks, floor cracks, foundation cracks, slab cracks, garage column cracks, sloping floors, bowing and leaning walls, and doors and windows that stick. Some engineers will provide you with a structural report to give to the contractor that will work on your job. These are usually first cost most people have is to have a formal inspection done on their foundation by a foundation engineer. They will point you in the direction of your next steps. 

Quoting: The next step is to find a qualified foundation repair expert in your area. My Foundation Repairs can point you in the right direction for a foundation contractor in your area. You will want to find someone that is licensed in your area. Some foundation repair experts offer free estimates. You can contact the National Association of Waterproofing and Structural Repair Contractors to get a referral as well. If the work needed is extensive, you may find that you have to pay for a quote or estimate for your foundation repair.

Foundation Repairs: You may find that all you need is simple repairs such as patching or filling of cracks or bricks. Other more extensive repairs can be much more complicated. This is why there is such a variance in price of foundation repairs. Sometimes excavation of the site will need to be done and this can lead to quite an expense, but in many cases piering and underpinning products can be installed with little to no site excavation. This makes the cost really vary from job to job. 

Other Considerations: Somes your lawn or landscaping will need to be disturbed during a foundation repair project. This may add additional costs to your specific foundation repair project. Trees may need to be removed, and may have even caused part of the problem in the beginning because roots from trees can disturb foundations and steal moisture in the soil around the foundation causing the soils to shrink away from the foundation removing much needed support.

It's Important to Repair Your Foundation

Usually one of two things is important to you when it comes to your home. You may plan on living in your home for a long, long time. In this case you want to make your foundation strong, and long lasting. But others are always keeping the resale value of their home in mind. A good foundation is the first thing many home buyers look at when they are shopping for a home. It is smart to trust that most savvy home buyers will know the signs of foundation failure and be looking for them. If they don't, when a home inspector does a home inspection, you can be sure that they will be looking for the signs of foundation problems. No matter what your reason for wanting to keep your home in good shape, it is smart to start with your foundation. It holds up the rest of your home's structure, so nothing else matters as much as your foundation. So take the questions out of foundation repair costs. As you can see, it isn't really easy to say WHAT the average foundation repair cost is. It really does depend on your home or business, the size of it, the problems that occurring, who you hire to do a structural inspection, and who you hire to perform your foundation repairs. Finding a structural engineer can be done by consulting the Foundation Engineers Network. We definitely recommend starting there first. Then use My Foundation Repairs to find a foundation specialist in your area. We have many resources you can use to get informed and find the right foundation contractor in your area. We only recommend providers that use the best foundation repair products for grouting, epoxy injections, piering and underpinning, and waterproofing. All the foundation repair specialist we recommend will be licensed to work in your area. So start today on finding out what you foundation repair costs will be. Knowledge is definitely power in this case. Protect the investment you have in your home today, from the foundation up. 



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