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House Leveling Methods for a Sinking or Settling Foundations

clock January 9, 2014 08:10 by author
Need to level your settling or sinking house? We have the foundation repair solutions, so you can maintain a healthy foundation.

A home's foundation will sink or settle over time. Even new homes experience shifting and movement which can result to a formation
of small cracks in the foundation. But as homes age, foundation settlement can be critical especially if the soil around and under the foundation becomes over-saturated. Dry and hot conditions dehydrate the soil causing the foundation to sink. This type of movement causes many problems to your foundation. The question is, how do you level sinking or settling foundations? At My Foundation Repairs, we can help you find a professional engineer to inspect your foundation and determine the best solution for your settlement issues. Afterall, your home is one of your biggest investement so why not take care of it.

How To Avoid Sinking or Settling Foundations?

Identifying and knowing the causes of foundation settlement can help you maintain a healthy foundation. Follow these tips to
minimize the affects of soil erosion, compaction, and expansion:

• Make sure the soil is properly compacted.
• Repair minor cracks.
• Fix all leaky pipes.
• Maintain a consistent moisture level by not over-watering the soil around your home.
• Make sure your home has a ground slope away from your foundation.
• Clean your gutters on a regular basis.
• Install downspouts that are the right size and length to direct water away from your home.
• Make sure the landscaping is not too close to your foundation. It should be at least 5 feet away.
• Install an adequate waterproofing system in and around your home.

What are the Signs of Settlement?

wall cracks due to settlementYour home is one of your most valuable assets. Foundation settlement and sinking causes damaging affects to your home's structure. Understand the causes and warning signs of foundation failure before the problem gets worse. Look for the early warning signs of settlement. These signs include:

• Misaligned doors and windows
• Window hard to open or close
• Cracked chimney
• Leaning or tilting chimney
• Wall cracks
• Foundation cracks
• Gaps around windows or doors
• Cracks in mortar joints
• Water seepage
• Step crack in bricks
• Bowing or leaning walls
Sticking doors

If you notice any of these warning signs, a professional contractor can inspect your home for more damage. By avoiding foundation repairs, the problem will get worse over time and jeopardize your family's health and safety. Wall cracks could widen, creating an entry for rodents and insects. Larger wall and foundation cracks could also increase moisture levels causing mold and mildew growth. Prevent standing water and flooded basements by repairing your foundation today. Don't let these disasters happen to you. Contact us right away.

What Methods Are Used to Level Settling and Sinking Homes?

steel piers is a foundation repair solution

Hire a professional to level your settling or sinking home. A professional can use the latest products in the foundation repair industry. These products are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP):

Steel Push Piers - This is a permanent solution for fixing foundation settlement due to soil shrinkage and erosion. Push piers are driven deep into the soil to lift the home back into its original position. It supports and stabilizes your home's load bearing walls.

Helical Piers - These piers are used to repair and stabilize foundations. They are great for slab foundations and light weight structures. During the installation process, there is little to no disturbance to your home.

Plate Anchors - Anchors supports cracked or bowed basement walls. The simple design allows the experts to complete the job quickly and effectively. There is little disturbance to landscaping which is a great benefit.

Hydraulic Lift Slab Pier - These piers are used to lift concrete slab for residential and commercial projects. 

Why You Should Contact a Professional Contractor

First of all, leveling your home is not a DIY project. Using your local handyman or making your own foundation repairs have many disadvantages:

1. It could cause personal injury or additional damage to your home.
2. You don't have the proper tools or equipment to make foundation repairs.
3. It can be difficult to assess foundation damages and find the source of the problem.
4. Making your own foundation repairs, could decrease the value of your home and make it difficult to sale. New home buyers usually want to buy homes that have professional home inspections and work repairs.
5. You may spend more money than expected. If your foundation repairs fail, then you would have to call a professional to fix it.

At My Foundation Repairs, we are committed to helping homeowners locate a professional foundation repair contractor in the area. Professional contractors provide quality service because they are trained with the latest technology and products. They are specialized to repair your foundation with quality ECP products such as steel piers, helical anchors, wall anchors or basement crack repair.
Hire a professional contractor today to avoid further damages to your foundation. Leveling your home will increase the longevity of your home. Request an estimate today so we will provide an experienced foundation repair specialist to inspect the condition of your home.



New Homes Sales on the Rise

clock July 25, 2013 09:04 by author
New construction homes are growing at a fast pace in the last five years.

According to the NAHB sales of newly built, single-family homes surged 8.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted, annual rate of 497,000 units in June, their fastest pace in the last five years, according to data released today by HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau.
 
“New-home buyers are returning to the market in larger numbers as firming prices, shrinking inventories of homes for sale and improving local economies convince them that now is the time to make their move,” said Rick Judson, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “Meanwhile, the very low supply of new homes on the market is indicative of the difficulty that builders are having in keeping up with demand due to availability issues with regard to materials, credit, labor and lots for development.”
 
“The takeaway from this report is that the housing recovery is solidly on track and isn’t going to be derailed by slightly higher mortgage rates,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “After years of fence-sitting, buyers are back and are ready to move forward with an investment in homeownership.” Looking ahead, he said he anticipates further, though more incremental gains in sales through the end of this year.
 
Three out of four regions saw solid gains in new-home sales activity in June, with the Northeast, South and West posting increases of 18.5 percent, 10.9 percent and 13.8 percent, respectively. 
 
The inventory of new homes for sale declined to 161,000 units in June, marking a razor-thin, 3.9-month supply at the current sales pace. The months’ supply of homes for sale has not fallen below this level since March of 2004.  



4 High-Pressure Home Improvement Sales Tactics

clock July 13, 2013 04:48 by author
Homeowners should not get pressured into buying anything, they should purchase solutions to their problems.

 

Representatives that are selling products related to the improvement of your home can be some of the most challenging salespeople to deal with. Why? Because, it's easy to convince people to spend money on their homes. You spend lots of time in and around your home and you want any upgrades you make to be done right and to last for years. What's more, these sales professionals often require a visit to your house. It's much harder to get someone out of your house than it is to walk away from someone in a store. With that in mind, here are some of the high-pressure sales tactics you might face so you can prepare yourself to handle them effectively and prevent them from scamming you.

 Upselling

 Not only might you be upsold on the product you originally intended to purchase. "Builder's grade? That's primarily used for commercial applications or apartment buildings. I almost never sell those to homeowners!", but once you have a salesman inside your house, they might feel free to point out other shortcomings or things you should consider purchasing. You might hear something like, "I noticed when we were in your basement that you recently finished it. It would be terrible if it flooded and ruined everything down there.” Or "as long as you're waterproofing your basement, why don't we take a look at your radon levels?"

  

Short Term Sales and Deals

 Once you've discussed your options and narrowed down what you want, the sales person should offer you a price, in writing, for the work you want done. But, in order to close the deal, you might be offered a sale or a price that is only valid for a very short time - say, “today and today only”.

 A deal is not a deal if you don't really want what you're being sold. Don't get pressured to buy now by what appears to be a one-time chance to save money. If there really is a sale that really is ending, it will probably come around again. There's also a chance that you could take your time to decide and, if you got a new quote six months later, you'd be offered the same deal. Besides, it’s your home, you are not looking for the “cheapest deal”, you are looking for a permanent solution at a fair price.

 

Unrealistic Warranties

 Lifetime warranty, it sounds great but is it realistic? How many products that you buy have lifetime warranties? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Let's say you're considering having a window replaced, and one of the main differences between the mid-grade window and the high-grade window is the warranty. The mid-grade window comes with a lifetime warranty; the high-grade window comes with a double lifetime warranty. The lifetime warranty will only cover the window while you are the homeowner, whereas the double lifetime warranty will stay with the home no matter who owns it.

 If you have no plans to sell, this extra feature isn't worth the cost. Even if you are planning to sell, could you recoup the cost in the sales price of your home? If a buyer were looking at comparable sales when deciding how much to offer on your house, would they say, "But this house comes with a double lifetime warranty on all of its windows, so it's worth the extra $3,000 the seller is asking"? The subject probably wouldn't even come up. What's more, the double lifetime warranty does not cover accidental glass breakage, which is probably the window expense that people are most concerned about.

Scripted Sales Presentations

Often high pressure in home salesmen will rely of flashy and scripted presentations to sell the job. They follow a step-by-step program setup by their employer that is designed to keep you saying yes and designed to pull as much money from your wallet a possible. This is type of sales has been perfected by the vacuum sweeper industry. “I would like to clean one of your rooms” they say to get in your home, they then keep cleaning to present how their overpriced product can make your life easier. They continue to clean until you reach the breaking point when you pullout your wallet or throw them out the door.

This technique has been adopted by several home improvement service companies, but especially basement waterproofing contractors. Once they get in your home, they present then push and push until your reach your breaking point. Their scripted presentations are about them and the products they are instructed to sell, not about you and your current problem that needs to be solved.

A reputable contractor will provide you with a solution for your problem that you have both agreed upon. His solution will be comprehensive but addresses real problems not pie in the sky, what if scenarios. A reputable contractor does not pressure you to spend more and spend now, a reputable foundation repair contractor has the same goals that you have. He wants to solve your problem permanently and give you the peace of mind that your home has been improved by someone that shares your goals

 



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