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Concrete Foundation Repair

clock July 31, 2018 15:51 by author
There are a lot of reasons that you may be having trouble with your concrete foundation. Let My Foundation Repair find a contractor that specializes in your situation and will repair your home.

Concrete Foundation Repair

There are a lot of factors that can weaken or damage your concrete foundation. Poor construction techniques, water damage, hydrostatic pressure, seismic shifts, and more. Every cause has a different solution. Some foundation damage may even have multiple causes. The sooner you have a professional contractor to evaluate your property, the less time, money, and effort it will take to strengthen your concrete foundation. 

Causes of Concrete Foundation Damage

As stated in the paragraph above there are a variety of causes of concrete foundation damage. 

Water Damage

It doesn't have to take a flood to cause water damage to a cement foundation. A hairline crack can allow water in where it can erode the concrete or soften the cement. In addition, if the water inside the crack freezes, it can exert a large amount of pressure on the concrete blocks, weakening them and in turn, putting your home in danger.

Hydrostatic Pressure

If the soil surrounding your concrete foundation becomes oversaturated, it can exert a great amount of force against your foundation wall. This pressure can cause the walls to bow or even fail. Soil can become saturated through heavy rains or snowmelt, improper drainage, landscaping too close to the house, and other factors. 

Seismic Activity

When you hear "seismic activity" you usually think "earthquake" and this is most often the case, but vibrations from trains or heavy truck traffic can also weaken foundation walls. Joints can weaken, causing the walls to lose support and leading to other foundation problems. 

Solutions for Cement Foundation Repair

Just as there are many causes for foundation issues, there are a variety of repair solutions. It takes a contractor with knowledge and experience to determine the best solution for any given problem. Make sure your contractor has a reputation for expertise and honesty. 

Wall Crack Repair

Depending on the type and size of the crack, there are some options when it comes to wall crack repair. A contractor may choose to utilize an epoxy to fill and cement the crack or they may use a carbon fiber support to strengthen the weak point, providing your foundation some needed strength. 

Bowed Wall Repair

Just as carbon fiber can be used to repair a crack, a carbon fiber support can be used to strengthen a bowed or leaning wall. The carbon fiber strip is anchored to the ground and to the supports at the top of the wall. The carbon fiber is stronger than concrete and won't stretch or break.

Helical tiebacks can also be used to straighten out a bowed or leaning wall. The supports are driven through the wall into the supporting soil outside, They are attached to a bracket on the inside and are tightened until the wall is straight and strong.

Plate anchors are similar to helical tiebacks and are used to hold a bowing or leaning wall straight while strengthening the wall. Both applications involve drilling a hole through the wall and anchoring to the soil outside of the foundation. 

Choose a Reputable Contractor

The most important decision you will make when deciding to repair your concrete foundation is which contractor you will use. My Foundation Repair is made up of a network of reputable and knowledgeable contractors that use Earth Contact Products (ECP) tools and equipment. ECP is the industry leader in foundation repair equipment, so the contractors will be using tools that match their workmanship. 

Don't let your cement foundation problems go another day without being repaired. Call us today and let one of our contractors work with you to make sure your home is strong, stable, and secure.



The Effect of Hotter, Drier than Expected Summer Conditions on Alabama Foundations

clock June 20, 2016 09:55 by author
Alabama residents worried about the hot and dry summer weather affecting their foundations should call Affordable Foundation and Home Repair today.

The Effects of Alabama Summer Weather on Foundations

This blog post was written by Affordable Foundation and Home Repair of Alabama. We are Your premiere provider of foundation repair, basement waterproofing, and home repair in the Birmingham, Hartselle, and Huntsville, AL areas. Our team is licensed and insured in Alabama and uses ECP (Earth Contact Products) to ensure that our repairs keep your home sturdy for years to come. Contact us if you are in need of remodeling or foundation repair for your Alabama home.

There have been several reports lately warning Alabama residents to expect even hotter and drier conditions this summer. While you know that the hot, dry, weather during the summertime can be dangerous for you and your family, but you may not realize that this weather also poses a danger to your home's foundation, as warm and dry conditions result in soil shrinkage. 

As the temperatures rise and the ground dries out, the soil underneath your home will start to shrink. Soil shrinkage can lead to foundation movement - as the soil shrinks, it will shift and gaps may open up in the ground. If these gaps and spaces in the ground start form in the ground that supports your foundation, the concrete will start to lack the support that it needs. This will cause it to sink, shift, and even crack. Hot weather can also 

If you think that the hot and dry weather could be causing foundation problems in your home, look for telltale signs. These signs include cracks in the walls or floor, settling foundation, leaning or bowing walls, sloped floors, and foundation or brick cracks. 

Repair Options for Alabama Foundation Problems this Summer

If you are worried about your foundation this summer and have started to notice cracks and other signs of a foundation issue, call Affordable Foundation and Home Repair. We have the solutions that you need to fix foundation problems caused by the hot, dry summer weather in Alabama:

These are some of the services that we use to repair foundation problems in homes within our Alabama service area. We use several different kinds of ECP piers to lift sinking foundations and ensure the slab is stabilized. We also specialize in the installation of ECP helical tiebacks or plate anchors to reposition foundations that have started to shift due to soil shrinkage. 

Our other services include polyjacking, concrete repair, and crack repair. We use concrete repair and crack repair to fix structural issues and cracks in your home that may have arisen due to the stress the summer weather puts on your foundation. Polyjacking (injecting a polyurethane foam under the slab) is a great solution to fill voids resulting from soil shrinkage and lift your home. 

All of these solutions can help to protect your Alabama home's foundation from the negative effects of hot, dry, summer weather.



Foundation Problems Become Common in Drought-Plagued California

clock June 8, 2016 11:46 by author
If you are experiencing drought-related foundation problems in your California home, you may need foundation repair using ECP steel piering products.

CA Drought Foundation Problems

 

This blog post was written by Bay Area Underpinning. We are a Vallejo-based foundation repair company that serves the Bay Area of California. We use ECP (Earth Contact Products). Our family-operated company, owned by Steve Egloff, consists of a team of a professional team of trained foundation repair experts licensed in the state of California. Bay Area Underpinning specializes in steel pier installation for the stabilization of foundations in both residential and commercial applications throughout the state of California. 

Recently, the drought in California has been causing several major issues for those who live there. What residents of California may not be aware of is that the dry conditions in the state may also be the cause of serious foundation problems. 

The lack of rainfall leads to a low moisture level in the soil. As the soil around your home dries out, it can start to shrink. This soil shrinkage may eventually form voids and gaps beneath your foundation, as the shrinking soil shifts and starts to fall away. Voids beneath your foundation are not good - any spaces under the concrete reduce the structural integrity of the foundation. This means that the foundation can start sinking and settling. 

If you are worried about foundation sinking due to the drought in your California home, look for the following symptoms of failure: foundation cracks, cracks in the drywall or ceiling, sloped or uneven floors, bowing or leaning walls, and water leakage in home. These are all signs that your foundation could be sinking and is in need of repair from the experts at Bay Area Underpinning. 

Solutions to Drought-Related Foundation Issues in California

Our foundation lifting techniques involve a variety of piering options using the high-quality steel products from ECP. Some of these solutions that we offer to lift and stabilize settling foundations include:

  • Resistance Piers - These piers are strong and deep-driving making them a good choice even for large buildings and heavy foundations. 
  • Steel Push Piers - Push piers are a common foundation repair device that utilizes a two-step system to get below the active soil and stabilize homes. 
  • Helical Piers - These piers are screwed into the ground for more stability and are ideal for applications where resistance to tension or compressive force is needed.
  • Slab Piers - Used mechanically or hydraulically and are an economical choice for homeowners with sinking slab foundations.

All of these repair options from ECP help to stabilize your foundation and prevent the drought from causing foundation failure in the future.  If you have a sinking foundation in California due to the drought, underpinning with ECP products can help. 



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