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Leaning Chimney Woes

clock October 1, 2013 05:11 by author
Do you have a tilting or leaning chimney? Hire a foundation repair expert to support and lift your chimney back into its original position.

It's Autumn, and many of us are wanting to use our fireplaces, but some of us can't because we have a leaning or tilting chimney. The problem is, this isn't the only problem you will have if you have a leaning chimney. A leaning chimney is dangerous to you and to your neighbors. It can also be a really bad thing for your foundation. If you notice that you have a leaning or tilting chimney it is a good idea to contact a foundation specialists. There are things that can be done to repair your chimney that are minimally evasive and will protect your family and neighbors from a falling chimney. 

Helical Piers

Earth Contact Products produces the very best helical piers on the market. What is a helical pier? Helical piers have been around a very long time actually. They came about in the early 1800's. They are underpinning devices designed to carry a load, and are excellent to use when support has broken down beneath your foundation, or in this case, your chimney. A helical pier or two can be installed below your leaning chimney to provide support and lift the chimney back into its original position. This device is designed to be long lasting. 

 

If you notice your chimney is leaning, and important point to make is that this is not DIY fix it job. It is important to realize that if it is not fixed, or isn't fixed correctly, it can cause ill effects on the rest of your foundation. It can put extra strain on parts of your foundation which can cause bowing and leaning walls, wall cracks or foundation cracks. If you notice any these signs, myfoundationrepairs.com can point you in the right direction of a foundation specialist near you. We have a network of foundation specialists in many areas throughout the country. 

 

Earth Contact Products offers other solutions as well if you do notice bowing and leaning walls in your home. Plate anchors or wall anchors can be installed to stabilize, support, and straighten bowing and leaning walls. They are economical, and can be installed without causing too much disturbance to the yard around your foundation. 

 

So enjoy the Autumn and Winter months with your fireplace, not that you know your leaning or tilting chimney can easily be fixed with helical piers, you can look forward to a cozy season! So don't put it off. Get in touch with your local foundation team today and get started on fixing your chimney today.



Summer heat keeping foundation repair companies busy

clock July 16, 2013 04:26 by author
Hot weather conditions cause dry soil to pull away from the home's foundation. This leads to settlement issues and cracking due to the lack of soil moisture.

 

In a recent online article by Andrew Chung of KVUE he described how the start of hot weather brings on foundation problems for many homeowners in Texas and throughout the Midwest. It’s a cycle of weather that all homeowners must deal with as the soil dries out and their homes start settling.

In Pflugerville, Texas workers stabilized the foundation of Debby Krueger’s home by installing piers and lifting a section of her home. Inside her home, a crack on her bedroom wall is evidence of a foundation issue. 

Krueger says she's one of the luckier homeowners. Her foundation problems are minor compared to others.  "My doors - you can see there was a little bit of change at the doors, but I've never had 'em stick - but my neighbors did,” she said.

Mrs. Krueger, like many homeowners is getting ready to sell her home.  "They kind of said on a level that my house is not that bad, but because of people wanting to get loans for houses, you know, you have to be sure that you have that fixed,” she explained.

Enrique Comparan is a co-owner of the Foundation Repair Company working on her home. He said the front of Krueger's home was fine but the rear had to be supported.  "If you put it on (a scale)1 to 10 in her case, we're talking about like 3, 4, you know...she's taking care of her issue on an early, early time, which is good," he explained. By taking care of the problem in the early stages homeowners can save money compared to waiting and having more structural damage occur.

Foundation repair contractors in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri are getting more calls during the summer months to repair foundation problems.  Once the temperature starts moving upward the soils dry out and homes sink. As the temperature reaches 100 degrees the soil loses moisture very quickly and homeowners see cracking and settling issues arise.

Comparan said when some homeowners start seeing problems, they tend to water the ground next to the foundation, which isn't a good idea.  "What they'll do is they'll crank out the soaker hose for a few hours every day until the house basically heaves slightly, and closes the crack or makes that door work properly again, and then they think they solved the problem." He said that's when they stop watering on a regular basis - and the problem just comes right back.

After the workers put in high quality piering systems, most recommend customers not use soaker hoses to water their foundations. Simon Wallace, who is the owner of Quality Foundation Repair, agrees soaker hoses are not the way to go.  "The soaker hose is like a band-aid.  It's not really repairing the actual problem with the home," he said.

To keep your house from deteriorating to this point, experts recommend you maintain healthy landscaping that comes right up to the foundation - and water that landscaping regularly - within your city's rules.

"We actually recommend putting in a moisture barrier around the perimeter to stop the sun baking that soil around the perimeter of the slab, and that will control the moisture level and keep the foundation stable," said Wallace.  He also said it’s a good idea to make sure your home’s gutter system directs water away from the foundation.

The summer heat is keeping foundation repair companies busy, but once they're done with their work, they provide a warranty to prevent that sinking feeling.

 

Foundation of article provided by Andrew Chung http://www.kvue.com/news/Drought-keeping-foundation-repair-companies-busy-215462051.html



Keeping your Basement Dry as the Snow Melts

clock March 5, 2013 07:23 by author
An adequate waterproofing system will keep your basement dry as the snow melts.

Keeping Basement Dry During Thaw

After 18 months of severe drought in Kansas City we now have experienced two large snow storms and the moisture that galong with it.Keeping basement dry as the snow melts Homeowners across the metro area, especially Olathe, Overland Park and Leawood that recorded the highest snow totals, are facing the next issue of possbile basement flooding. While the possiblity of foundation repairs has not dissappeared most homeowners are going to be focused on basement flooding problems.

Is there anything you can do to stop your basement from leaking once all of the snow melts? Jeff Tully with My Foundation Repairs in Olathe says homeowners are in for some problems with the spring thaw, mostly because last summer's drought made deep cracks in the soil, allowing the water to get closer to the foundation. Because of the drought that we experienced, the soil beneath the foundation dried out losing cohesion and volume, and less able to support your home. Even when precipitation such as snow increases, the drought zapped the soil of moisture. This caused cracks to form in your foundation. As the thawing of snow happens, the cracks in the foundation take in water. 

If you basement has not been waterproofed, the winter months can be a problem. Because the ground is frozen, as the snow melts it accumulates near your home and seeps in through the cracked foundation caused by the severe drought. Then is the temperature suddenly drops, this water that has seeped into your foundation freezes, causing the cracks to grown even bigger. Calling the professionals at My Foundation Repair and Waterproofing can help you with your foundation repair and basement waterproofing needs.

Minimize the Snow Melt Impact

 
However, he says there are a few things that can still be done to minimize mother nature's impact.
"Getting the downspouts ten foot away from the house and getting the sub pump discharged ten foot away from the house will be the biggest thing and making sure that gutters are not clogged or blocked with ice," says Tulley.

Check that your sump pump hose does not have low spots where water can collect. The hose should flow away from your home freely. If it collects and freezes, your sump pump could stop working or even cause permanent damage to it. 

He says if your basement does start leaking it is always best to consult a professional.



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