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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.



Foundation Repair Techniques

clock November 6, 2014 06:13 by author

Foundation Repair Techniques 

Your home is a big investment. It is important to make sure that it is well maintained. When the foundation of a home is damaged, the entire structure will have damage. When you look around your home, check for some of the signs that you may have foundation problems. Some of these signs are:

  • Wall cracks
  • Floor cracks
  • Sloping floor
  • Leaning chimney
  • Bowing walls
  • Ceiling cracks
  • Doors and windows that stick
  • Cracks in brick or masonry
  • Stair and stoop problems
  • Garage foundation problems
  • Beam and post problems

All of these are signs that you may have a serious problem with your foundation. If you suspect that you may have a foundaiton problem, let My Foundation Repairs be your resource for getting a professional in and have your home inspected. The first step is to contact us and let us know what concern you are having with your foundation and we will send a foundation specialist that is in your area, to your home and give you a free inspection. If they find that you are in need of foundation repair, they will give you an estimate and find the best solution to get your foundation structurally sound again.

Foundation Repair Methods

Our specialists use a variety of foundation repair methods depending on what type of problem they find. These methods include:

  • Steel piers
  • Helical piers
  • Helical tieback anchors
  • Plate anchors
  • Hydraulic slab lift piers
  • New construction piers

Steel piers - There are four main steps to install steel piers. First, the ground is excavated around the foundation. Then the foundation bracket is mounted for the piering s

ystem. Next the steel pier is installed deep into the ground until the reach a solid soil layer. After installation, the weight of the structure is transferred onto the piers.

Helical piers - Helical piers look like a very large screw and are ideal for foundation repair applications such as support for porches, steps, stairs and chimneys. 

Helical tieback anchors - Bowing or leaning walls can be repaired using helical tieback anchors. These tieback anchors are attached to the interior of the wall and tension is applied to straighten the wall and keep it from bowing in the future.

Plate anchors - Plate anchors are part of the system for fixing bowing or leaning walls. These plate anchors are attached to the wall and the rod that pulls the bowing walls back to its original level.

Hydraulic slab lift piers - These piers are used for sinking or settling slabs.

New construction piers - Putting in piers before a foundation is poured will prevent foundation problems from ever beginning.

All of our specialists also provide foundation repair for commercial buildings.

All of the products that our repair contractors use are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP). These products are the best products in the industry today. If you are in need of a foundation repair specialist, don't hesitate to contact My Foundation Repair. We will make sure that the very best repair specialist in your area contacts you to give you a free inspection and answer any questions you may have. Our representative will work with from start to finish and make sure that your foundation will be structurally sound for many years to come. Contact us today!



How Local New Construction Methods Affect Foundation Repair

clock October 14, 2014 10:02 by author

Local Construction Methods Do Affect Your Foundation

New construction piersFoundation repair methods are often determined by local new construction building practices. Steel push piers are the predominate foundation repair methods for basement and crawlspace homes, whereas push piers and underpinning helical piers split in their use by foundation repair contractors for slab on grade homes.  As the article below, from the National Association of Home Builders, indicates home building practices varies greatly across the nation. As home building practices vary so do foundation repair methods. 54% of homes are built on concrete slabs, while 34% of homes are built with basements and 15% of homes are built with a crawl space. For more information about the best foundation repair methods, visit www.MyFoundationRepairs.com

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