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How Clogged Gutters can Affect your Foundation

clock September 30, 2013 09:08 by author
Do you have standing water around your foundation? Clogged gutters can cause an accumulation of water and lead to serious foundation problems.

How Clogged Gutters can Affect your Foundation

Although you may not think about it, the state of your gutters can affect many other areas of your home, including your foundation. If your gutters do not function properly, it could pose a threat to the overall integrity and safety of your home, lower the property value, or lead to foundation repairs and water issues. The most common problem that homeowners face with their gutters is that they fail to drain or channel excess rain water far enough away from the home.  If water is not able to travel through the gutter, it is most likely because the gutter has become clogged with leaves or debris. This is especially common in the autumn season when the trees are dropping their leaves. If you have clogged gutters often lead to costly foundation repairs that require extensive labor. Having your gutters regularly cleaned (at least once or twice a year) can prevent such problems from arising.

If your gutters have become clogged, it is important to understand and check for any other foundation problems that they may have caused. Overflowing water from clogged gutters will most likely end up pooling around your foundation. Over time, this excess water can lead to the erosion of soil around and underneath the foundation. The water could also leak directly into the basement through existing cracks in the foundation or basement walls, leading to multiple foundation issues, and water damage.

Erosion and pooling water around your foundation will weaken it, eventually causing foundation cracks or a shifting or settling foundation. These are serious problems that should be repaired as soon as possible by a professional foundation repair contractor. There are some telltale signs to look for when trying to determine if you have a settling foundation or sinking foundation. If you notice leaning walls or bowing walls in your home or in your basement, it is a good indicator that something is wrong with the foundation. Another quite obvious indicator may be foundation cracks, itself, wall cracks, or even ceiling cracks. Sticking windows and doors are another good sign that your foundation is in need of repair. Sometimes, a damaged foundation may even lead to a wet basement. If you find any of these problems with your foundation, contact My Foundation Repairs for the expert service that you need to take care of all your foundation repair needs.

Foundation Repair Solutions for Clogged Gutter Issues

My Foundation Repairs offers a variety of foundation repair services to insure that your home is returned to normal in the shortest amount of time possible. The most common fix for most of the above problems is to raise the foundation back to it's original position by a method called underpinning and then seal any cracks that may have formed in the foundation or walls. To do this, we use helical piers or steel push piers to support the foundation. These work by drilling into the stable soil underneath any voids that may have been caused by erosion or shifting soil. Then the weight of the house is transferred onto the helical pier or steel push pier and the house is raised to it's original position. We also provide epoxy and polyurethane grout crack injection to fill any cracks that may have formed and insure that water does not leak through them and into your home.

My Foundation Repair offers top solution for all of your foundation repair issues. We use quality methods and reliable materials from ECP (Earth Contact Products) to guarantee the welfare of your home. Don't let clogged gutters get the best of you; contact us for a free estimate today!



Check Your Foundation Before Winter

clock September 30, 2013 04:58 by author
Before winter arrives look for these signs of foundation failure: bowing walls, leaning walls, and garage cracks. Make the necessary repairs to avoid further damages.

With winter coming, it's a good idea to check if your foundation is in need of any repair. The soil beneath your home shrinks and swells throughout the cycles of wetness and dryness. This poses a threat to your home's foundation. When your home starts the settlement plunge, you will notice the joints and floorboards start to make mysterious noises and creaking. The severity of the settlement is based on different factors such as how well the house was designed and constructed, and how well the soil was compacted that your foundation was going to sit on. If too much soil was excavated for a basement or crawlspace, then backfill is needed which requires more attention during the construction period.

 

Several other factors can cause your home to settle. If your have trees close to your home, their roots search for water which can come from beneath your foundation causing the foundation to crack. The roots disrupt the soil compaction which leads to settlement. One of the first indicators of foundation settlement is wall cracks. If you suddenly notice several cracks that appear at the same time or small cracks that suddenly get larger, these are signs that you need to call a professional to take a look at your foundation.

 

Some more alarming indicators that your foundation is in need of repair are bowing walls, leaning walls, leaning chimneys, garage cracks, and sticking doors and windows. Any of these signs requires a thorough inspection of your foundation by a foundation repair professional. My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing has the experts that will inspect your home and suggest the best solution to any of your foundation repair problems.

 

Leaning walls can be taken care of by using minimal, non-evasive, cost efficient products to alleviate the pressure. Helical piers and steel piers are used to raise the home to its proper level. These piers are driven deep into the soil until they reach stable soil, then propped underneath your foundation. Helical piers are also used to repair a leaning chimney. These piers and be installed any time of year with little disruption to the surrounding area. Plate anchors may also be used to secure the walls that are bowing or leaning due to excessive soil pressure. Plate anchors consist of an inside wall plate and an outside anchor, then a rod is used tying them together. My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing uses products made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading manufacturer of foundation repair products in the industry.

 

Don't leave your foundation repair work to just anyone. My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing has the experts and use the best products available in the industry to repair your foundation. By checking your foundation before winter, and getting the experts out to inspect, this will save valuable time and money if these repairs are done sooner rather than later. Contact us today for any of your foundation repair needs. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and give you the best solution to your foundation repair problems.

Inside of House: Cracks in drywall, Doors and windows that stick, Misaligned doors and windows, Trim or molding misaligned



ECP National Foundation Repair and Basement Waterproofing Workshop

clock September 23, 2013 06:39 by author
Contractors from ECP's National Network attend a full day workshop that covers every aspect of the foundation repair business.

 

Contractors from ECP's National Network of foundation specialist relax after a full day of Workshop presentations at the Royals game in Kansas City.

 

ECP is proud to announce that the 2013 ECP Contractors Workshop was a huge success. Contractors from across the country attended the educational workshop that covered subjects that ranged from Structural Repair of Walls to Understanding Cashflow in business.
"The 2013 Workshop was a success" according to Jeff Tully, GM of ECP. "The response from the contractors was very positive and the networking opportunity was fantastic", Tully went on to say.



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