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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.



House and Home Leveling -- Not a Do-It-Yourself Job

clock February 5, 2014 16:13 by author
House leveling is not a job for your local handyman. Contact a professional if you have a sinking or settling foundation.

House Leveling is Not an Easy Fix

Everyone knows that you can easily find Do-it-Yourself videos all over the Internet for anything you might ever need. From fixing your sink to playing an instrument, there are millions of them, and yes, they can help you fix or learn about something. The problem is, when it comes to foundation repair, How-to videos are not the smartest thing to go to to learn about fixing your foundation failure problems. These videos and directions on how to fix your foundation are not permanent solutions and can even cause further damage to your already failing foundation. No matter how big or small your foundation failure problem may be, it is always best to call the professionals, that way you can be guaranteed the safest repair. Do-it-Yourself videos may be a cheaper way to fix your foundation failure, but they will only provide temporary relief to a serious problem that could eventually harm your home and even its inhabitants. Foundation failure is not something to take lightly, especially when your home is one of your biggest investments. So, when it comes to finding a solution for your varying foundation failure problems, make sure to call My Foundation Repairs. Our repairs are sure to be a long-lasting and permanent solution; guaranteed. The products we use when repairing your foundation failure come from Earth Contact Products, one of the leading producers in foundation repair products, and with these products backing up our repairs, there will most certainly never be a reason to worry about that foundation failure ever again. For some of the most advanced foundation repair around, make sure to call us at My Foundation Repairs, we can promise a top-quality repair as well as fantastic service and the best foundation repair products there are.

When it comes to house leveling, more specifically, it is most definitely more responsible and much safer to call professional who know exactly what needs to be done and how exactly to do it so that it is permanently fixed. When the floors in your home begin to slope, your windows and doors seem to stick and become jammed, or your foundation walls or floors start cracking that you may need a serious repair like house leveling. This is a serious matter that can become somewhat dangerous if not taken care of relatively soon. If you and your home are experiencing problems such as these make sure to call the experienced and professional team at My Foundation Repairs for their advanced foundation repair solutions. We, of course, are happy to help in any and every way we can to help you fix your foundation failure.

Safe Foundation Repair Methods for House Leveling

My Foundation Repairs has a variety of different products and methods that can become a solution for your foundation failure. As mentioned before, our products are only the best from Earth Contact Products, one of the leaders in foundation repair products. Some of these products that help with house leveling include:steel piers for house leveling

  • Steel Push Piers
  • Helical Piers
  • Plate Anchors
  • Slab Piers

These are just a few of the different solutions to foundation failure, and more specifically, can help level your home. For more solutions and descriptions of each, follow this link. Each product has a different purpose, and it all just depends on your specific situations and the way your home was built. Steel push piers are one of the best solutions for homes that need to be lifted. Push piers are driven through to the rock and/or load bearing soils so that they are able to push your home back to its original position. From there, cracks can be sealed, windows and doors will stop sticking, and exterior cracks will disappear as well. Steel push piers will support and stabilize your home and is most definitely a permanent solution. This is most likely the best solution for home leveling.

Helical piers bear lighter weights, but nonetheless can help many foundation failure problems. Helical piers are driven deeply into stable soil. They can lift homes, stabilize foundation, elevate walkways, and retain walls. They can even help to fix drywall cracks. Helical piers are one of the more desirable products, they have a variety of benefits and are a wonderful solution. They are easy to install and will barely cause any disturbance to the site. Helical piers are also a great solution.

Plate anchors are for providing support for cracking or bowing foundation walls, which are a side effect of a sinking foundation. They are effective and cause minimal disturbance. They can help our advanced foundation repair team to complete the job quickly and efficiently.

Slab piers are used on homes that are just built on a concrete slab instead of with an underground foundation. They can help to lift a sinking slab. They are also unobtrusive and are easily installed.

Every single one of these products are strong solutions for your house leveling needs. No matter your foundation failure problem, make sure to call us here at My Foundation Repairs. We have many more methods and products to help with many different types of foundation failure. Contact us today for a free estimate. We can promise that you will be happy with the results.



Dry Conditions Can Leave Homes On Unstable Foundations

clock January 31, 2014 05:47 by author
Dry soil conditions cause unstable foundations such as settlement and cracking. If you notice sticking doors and windows, contact My Foundation Repairs today.

Dry Soil Conditions Can Lead to Settlement

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Drought years lead to extra settling, cracks in walls

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —The dry weather conditions are causing serious problems with some homes in the Kansas City area.

 

Dry and clay soil gets even drier during droughts and the lack of moisture is causing an excess of problems.

 

"It was pretty obvious when someone walked into the room that there was a problem," said resident Cindy Geir."The door was just hard to open and close, and some of the windows wouldn't open anymore."

 

Small cracks and other problems inside the home can mean some major repairs outside.

 

The foundation in Cindy Geir's home sank up to three inches.

 

While it may seem like a small amount, the price tag for fixing the problem isn't.

 

"You're probably in the $5,000 range and up," said Mark Phillips of Arrow  Foundation Repair.

 

"Because the drought has really just continued," he said. "It's really been like this the last two years, just because we haven't had a lot of moisture, and that includes snow, so therefore, the ground is still pretty dry."

When it's this dry, soil pulls away from the foundation and causes the home to lose stability and sink.

 

While some experts recommend watering around the foundation to help prevent it from happening, it won't take care of all of the problems.

"It will alleviate and get the clay soils into a neutral mode, but inevitably, we're going to get into a drought again, and you're probably going to be right back to the same problem," said Phillips.

He said one thing people can do is keep their eyes open for cracked drywall or sticking doors and windows. Sometimes catching the problem early can mean saving a lot of money.

 

Arrow Foundation Repair said it usually sees about 100 repairs per year, but that number has risen over the past two years.







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