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Sloping Floors? Hairline Cracks? Time for House Leveling!

clock February 11, 2015 05:52 by author

Sloping Floors? Hairline Cracks? Time for House Leveling!

Have you noticed that your floors are sloping or that you have hairline cracks in your walls, floors, tiles and drywall? These are all signs that you may have foundation problems. There are several reasons why a home may settle. Some of the most common reasons are:

advanced foundation repair with underpinning and piering methods

  • Improper backfilled soil -  If the soil beneath the foundation was not properly backfilled during construction, the soil will shift causing the foundation to shift and settle.
  • Tree roots - If trees are too close to a home, the roots will drink up all of the water beneath the foundation, creating voids. The foundation will sink into these voids.
  • Expansive soils - Expansive soils such as clay soil will expand when wet and shrink when dry. This constant heaving and shrinking of the soil will cause the foundation to shift and move.

When a home's foundation has settles, it will cause the entire home to be unlevel. Some of the signs of an unlevel house are:

  • Leaning chimney
  • Doors and windows that stick
  • Sloping floors
  • Wall cracks
  • Ceiling cracks
  • Drywall cracks

If you see any of these signs that your home's foundation has settled and has become unlevel, it is important to have a professional come and inspect your home and offer house leveling repair to get your home back to its original level. My Foundation Repairs has the experts that can come and give you a free inspection and offer you the best repair solutions for your house leveling needs.

House Leveling Solutions

The contractors at My Foundation Repairs use underpinning products such as helical piers and steel push piers that are the best in the industry. These products are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in foundation repair products in the industry.

Steel push piers are an end-bearing pier that does not rely upon nor requires skin friction to produce support. These piers are driven deep into the ground through the unstable soil layers until they reach a solid soil layer. Each steel push pier is installed and load tested individually using the maximum weight of the structure as the reaction force. After installation and load testing, hydraulic jacks are placed at multiple locations and then the entire weight of the structure is transferred onto the piers. The home will be leveled and stabilized for many years to come.

Helical piers are used for applications where there is a need to resist a tension or compressive force or both. These helical piers look like a large screw and are individually installed and load tested after they reach a solid soil layer. Then the entire weight of the structure is lifted onto these helical piers to lift and level the house and foundation.

These piers offer many benefits including:

  • Can be installed year-round
  • Have a warranty
  • Restores the structural integrity
  • The piers are resistant to erosion
  • Made in the USA

If you see any of the signs of foundation settlement such as sloping floors or hairline cracks throughout your home, let the constractors at My Foundation Repairs come and inspect your home and find the best repair solution for your needs. We will get your house leveling done with the best products in the industry made by ECP. Your repair will last for years to come. Contact My Foundation Repairs today!



Advanced Foundation Repair Options | My Foundation Repairs

clock January 14, 2015 07:40 by author
For advanced foundation repair, choose My Foundation Repairs for quality ECP underpinning and piering solutions from qualified contractors.

Advanced Foundation Repair - Underpinning & Piering Solutions

advanced foundation repair with underpinning and piering methodsIf you've noticed sticking windows or drywall cracks, My Foundation Repairs has permanent, warranted foundation repair solutions for your settling foundation. My Foundation Repairs has a group of qualified, professional foundation repair companies that we work with that use ECP products.Earth Contact Products (ECP) is the leading manufacturer in underpinning and piering solutions. Their products are uniquely designed and engineered to perform and restore the structural integrity of your foundation. Whether you have a slab foundation, poured concrete or crawlspace, they go beyond basic foundation repair for all commercial, residential and industrial projects to increase the stability of settling foundations.

ECP offers underpinning products such as steel push piers, helical piers, plate anchors, helical tieback anchors and more. All of the foundation repair systems are made with the highest standards offering unlimited benefits including:

  • Restores the structural integrity
  • Increases the value of the property
  • Warranty 
  • Resistant to corrosion and further settlement
  • Installed year-round
  • Made in the USA
  • Prevents and stops settling foundations
  • Repairs basement wall cracks and other foundation issues
  • Designed and engineered
  • Made with steel for recycling  

Underpinning and Piering Solutions for Foundation Repair

  • Helical and Steel Piers: Both helical and steel piers are driven deep into the soil until they reach solid bedrock. Each pier is loaded tested, then the weight of the structure is transferred onto the piers to lift the foundation back to its original position. The installation process is faster than other repair methods, and can be installed from the inside or outside of the structure. 
  • Plate Anchors: ECP wall anchors are a cost-efective repair method that used to stabilizes bowing basement walls and retaining walls. They are beneficial because they create little disturbance to the work area.
  • Helical Tiebacks: If you have bowing basement walls, helical tiebacks are used to stabilize and strengthen them. They can be installed through a small hole in the basement wall. After installation, the hole is sealed and repaired. 
  • Hydraulic Lift Slab Piers: Slab piers are a type of resistance piers used to support and lift concrete slab for homes and commercial buildings. They require minimal setup time using portable, vibration-free equipment. The weight of the structure is evenly distributed onto the piers. These types of piers do not rely on skin friction for support.
  • Helical Anchors: Helical anchors are designed to prevent soil movement beneath the foundation due to excess groundwater around the home. They lift and support structures where tension resistance and axial compression forces are needed.   

ECP also offers utility products such as light pole foundation, guy anchors and power installed anchors for tension and compressive applications. 

ECP products will restore your home's structure and soil-related conditions around your foundation. Our contractors will guard your home against soil shrinkage, poorly compacted soil, and softening soils. We'll help protect your investment for many years to come. Contact My Foundation Repairs today so we can assist you!



Common Indoor/Outdoor Foundation Problems | My Foundation Repairs

clock January 13, 2015 10:13 by author
Look for indoor and outdoor foundation problems to avoid costly repairs. My Foundation Repairs can help locate a qualified contractor to assess your damages.

Indoor and Outdoor Foundation Problems to Watch For

The causes of foundation problems are rarely a result of the structure of the design. Most damage is due to foundation soil that supports the structure. If you are a property owner, knowing the common warning signs can prevent most foundation issues and save you money in the long run. The sooner the problems are fixed, the better. 

There are many factors that lead to foundation problems, but the most common are due to weak bearing soils, poor compaction, inconsistent moisture content, maturing trees/vegetation or soil consolidation. If you have any of these issues on your property, look for signs of foundation issues.

Common Warning Signs of Foundation Problems

indoor and outdoor foundation problemsIndoor Warning Signs: Unfortunately, homes will settle over time and a little settlement is not a reason for concern. But it is good idea to be alert for more dramatic changes such as:

  • Sticking doors
  • Wall cracks over doorways, windows or between the walls and ceilings
  • Concrete floor cracks
  • Hard to open and close windows

Outdoor Warning Signs: Inspect the outside of your home or building for signs of foundation issues. Is your foundation straight? Measure the length of the foundation wall from each corner. Also, check for leaning or bowing walls by using a level. Bulging block or poured concrete walls will shift or move if there is pressure against the foundation walls. This is caused by soil expansion and contracting.

Crumbling or Breaking Concrete: If you have a poured perimeter foundation, check the stability of the foundation by poking it with a screwdriver. If it chips or flakes, the concrete could be deteriorating.

Rotten Wood Posts: Moisture in your basement or crawlspace can damage posts and concrete supports. Check to see if the posts are standing straight, and rested firmly beneath the beams. 

Moisture in the Crawlspace: Water puddles or standing water in the crawlspace is a sign you have poor drainage. These conditions can lead to moisture, mold growth and foundation settlement over time. Make sure gutters aren't clogged, and the soil slopes away from the home.

Foundation Cracks: Over time, cracks will form in concrete and block foundations. Hairline cracks and cracks at an L-shaped section are not a major concern. But some cracks are more serious than others, which could mean you have foundation issues. Look for the following cracks:

  • Horizontal crack - These are serious cracks that are caused by pressure against the foundation due to soil expansion and soil shrinkage.
  • Stair-step cracks - Cracks that are wider than 1/4 inch accompanied by a bulging wall are a major concern. Clogged gutters and poor drainage are factors that create pressure against foundation walls.

Contacting a Foundation Repair Specialist

If you have any of these warning signs, there are several repair methods used:

  • Steel Piers
  • Helical Piers
  • Helical Tieback Anchors
  • Plate Anchors
  • Hydraulic Slab Lift Pier

Don't let foundation problems get worse. My Foundation Repairs will contact an experienced foundation repair expert and give you a free inspection for your foundation problems. They will be able to determine if your settlement is normal or caused by soil-related issues. They'll help get your foundation back to normal so you can have peace of mind.



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