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Moist Soil Equals Safer Foundation

clock October 23, 2013 05:10 by author
Dry soil beneath your home's foundation can lead to soil shrinkage and foundation damage. You can solve this issue by maintaining a steady moisture level.

Keep Soil Moist

Making sure your home's foundation has stability throughout the year takes some diligence on the part of the homeowner. When the soil beneath the foundation is not getting enough moisture, it will shrink. If you home is built on clay soil, this is especially true. Maintaining a controlled watering program is one of the first course of action that should be taken. During the hot, dry summers, the soil will crack. Then when it does rain, the water will travel into the cracks accumulate causing it to lose some of its load bearing capacity. When this happens, the home will sink or settle. By keeping the soil moist during hot, dry weather will prevent it from cracking. Maintaining a steady moisture level is important to keeping your foundation safe.

If the moisture level is not maintained during dry weather, when it does rain, the water will cause the soil to expand and move upward. This movement plus of contracting during dry weather, and expanding during wet weather put stress on your home's foundation and causes damage. By taking care of your foundation before damage occurs will save you money in the long run.

If you are vigilant and are taking the steps to keeping the soil moist, make sure the water is draining away from the foundation. Improper drainage away from the foundation will cause the water to pool in certain areas. This will make it more wet in one area and dry in another area of the foundation. Something else to consider is if the soil is not getting enough moisture, any trees or shrubs close to the foundation are also soaking up whatever moisture is left in the ground. Moist soil actually helps keep homes from settling unevenly leading to cracks in foundations. 

Foundation damage is caused not only by the moisture content of the soil but can also be cause by improper backfilled soil. If the proper process of compaction was not done at the time of building, the home will sink a few inches. This is deep enough to cause some serious foundation damage. 

Some of the signs that you may have a foundation problem are cracks in brick, bowing wallswindows and doors that stick, sloping floors, and leaning chimneys. If you notice any of these signs of foundation damage, My Foundation Repairs has the solutions. The products we use for foundation repair are made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading manufacturer of foundation repair products in the industry. 

Steel piers are an excellent choice for repair issues caused by swelling clay soil, poor compaction and erosion or run off. These piers are an end bearing pier that does not rely on the soils skin friction to provide support. Helical piers have the capacity and longevity to support the foundation for years to come. They are installed quickly and can also not only be used to repair an existing foundation, but are used in new home construction. Plate anchors are used to stabilize cracked and bowed walls. These plate anchors can be installed quickly using handheld equipment with little disturbance to landscaping.

By being aware of how foundation settlement happens, homeowner's can help prevent foundation damage. But if you do notice any signs of foundation damage, contact My Foundation Repairs for a free estimate. We will be grad to answer any question you have regarding your foundation repair issues.



Understanding Piering Products

clock October 22, 2013 10:11 by author
Helical anchors and steel push piers can be used to repair settling or sinking foundations.

Foundation Underpinning Products

For homeowners, a sinking or settling foundation can be a frightening issue. If your foundation is settling, it could cause various problems to arise throughout the home. These problems include cracks in your floor, walls, or ceiling, bowing or leaning walls, uneven or sloped floors, sticking doors and windows, and more. These can be dangerous issues for you and your family. If you notice any of these common problems, contact a foundation repair contractor immediately to have the problem taken care of. My Foundation Repairs can help connect you to a professional foundation repair specialist in your area.

The most effective way to repair a sinking or settling foundation is with a process called underpinning. Underpinning is the use of a pier or anchor driven into the ground to stabilize the foundation. These piers minimize stress to keep your foundation sturdy and close any cracks that may have formed. There are a few different types of piers - each have certain advantages, and it is good to examine all of your options before deciding which is the best solution for you.

Piering Solutions for Settling Foundations

The first, most common type of pier is the steel push pier. These steel piers, also known as resistance piers or steel piles, are a great option for foundation problems that arise from poor soil compaction, soil shrinkage, erosion, or improper footer embedment. Unlike concrete piers, steel push piers are end-bearing piers and do not rely on skin friction to provide support. During the installation process, they are individually load tested to ensure safety. They are driven into stable soil beneath your sinking foundation, and the weight of the structure is transferred onto the pier so that it can be lifted back to it's original level.

The next type of pier is a helical pier. Helical piers work in much the same way as steel push piers. The main difference is that instead of merely being driven into the ground, helical piers are screwed in to provide even more support. Once they have been screwed into the stable soil under the layer of active, shifting soil beneath your foundation, the structure's weight is transferred onto them and it is raised to it's original position. Helical piers are reliable enough to support your home for a long time to come. They also have a high load bearing capacity, making them the ideal choice to support your home. Helical piers can also be used in new construction instead of old fashioned concrete piers; this will help protect your home against future foundation problems. Also, helical piers are easy and quick to install in any type of weather, meaning that they are an efficient choice for your foundation repair needs.

Other types of underpinning and piering products include slab piers, resistance piers, and micropiles, all of which work in a similar fashion to steel push piers and helical piers. ECP (Earth Contact Products) offers reliable piering products for any foundation repair situation. If you notice the symptoms of a sinking or settling foundation, do not hesitate - let My Foundation Repairs help you get in contact with a professional foundation repair contractor right away!

 



Prevent Foundation Problems From the Start

clock October 22, 2013 10:04 by author
If you are building a new home in poor soil conditions, you may consider hiring an expert to install helical piers during new construction.

New Construction Piers

Because foundation problems are a major issue for many homeowners, it is important to do everything you can to prevent them before they arise. This is especially important if you live in areas where the soil is susceptible to movement and shifting. If you are building a new home in such an area, you may want to consider the fast spreading trend of installing helical piers under new construction. Though they are normally used in foundation repair, helical piers can be a great tool to prevent your foundation from sinking or settling. A sinking foundation can cause various issues throughout other areas of the home - cracks in your foundation or walls, bowing or leaning walls, windows and doors that stick, uneven or sloped floors, and more. My Foundation Repairs connects you with professionals that use innovative methods to help protect against foundation problems.

Helical piers, also know as helical anchors or piles, are used to lift and stabilize failing foundations. They are screwed deep into stable soil beneath the constantly shifting, active soil that supports your foundation. Then, the weight of the structure is transferred onto the pier so that the foundation can be stabilized and the structure lifted back to it's original position. This is how helical piers work in foundation repair situations. When they are used for new construction, they are installed in much the same way; the advantage to installing helical piers under new construction is that they can be installed more accurately and with much more ease.

New Contruction Piers, Helical PiersSolutions and Advantages of Helical Piers

Some advantages to using new construction helical piers are that they are extremely strong and effective, and the process is practically pain-free. Helical piers have an extremely high load bearing capacity; they are able to support over 200,000 pounds per pier. They can also be installed in nearly all weather conditions and the installation process itself is quick and non-invasive.

Many common foundation problems can be avoided through the use of helical piers in your new construction. Foundations built on active soil are likely to settle or develop cracks. Usually, a sinking or settling foundation is caused by shifting in the soil around and under the structure. This can happen when there is excessive rain and the soil retains moisture, leading to high hydrostatic pressure. This pressure can be too much for the foundation, and may cause it to shift or crack. Foundations can also shift if the soil under them erodes, creating voids under the foundation. Shrinking soil due to drought conditions can also form such voids. By installing helical piers under your new construction, you will ensure that your foundation is well supported no matter what the soil conditions are, since the piers rely on the stable soil deep under the ground.

 The ECP (Earth Contact Products) helical piers used by My Foundations Repair contractors are the most reliable piers available. We recommend the best products and services to keep your home healthy and safe. If you are building a new home, consider using new construction piers to prevent foundation problems down the road.



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