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Why Foundation Crack Repair Kits Don't Always Work

clock February 10, 2014 11:34 by author
Don't rely on foundation crack repair kits for foundation cracks. The experts at My Foundation Repair offers epoxy or polyurethane crack injections for settling homes.

Why NOT use a Foundation Crack Repair Kit?

As a homeowner, when you see a foundation crack, it should not be ignored. Most homeowners first identify concrete cracks in their basement, either on the wall or on the floor. Foundation cracks can also be found on garage floors, patios or in-ground pools.These cracks will widen over time and result in water seepage or possibly loss of structural integrity. Foundation cracks can hinder the value of your home. Trying to repair foundation cracks using a foundation crack repair kit is not a permanent fix. If you notice large, recurring cracks or bulging walls in your home, don't try to fix these yourself. The cracks may indicate a more serious structural problem. A professional should be contacted to inspect your foundation to see if the cracks are a result of structural damage. 

You can find products in the stores for filling cracks in concrete walls, however, these products can fail after just a few years if your foundation continues to move slightly. The truth about foundation cracks is that the foundation problems never go away just by filling the foundation cracks with a sealant or patching kit. The longer you ignore these foundation cracks, the more complicated and costly the repair will be. It is important for homeowners to get their foundation cracks inspected by a professional who can give a permanent solution for foundation cracks. 

The professionals at My Foundation Repair and Waterproofing can inspect your foundation cracks and offer a better and permanent solution for your foundation crack repair.

Why are Epoxy or Polyurethane Injections a Better Option for Crack Repair?

For foundation crack repair, epoxy and polyurethane injections are a better option than fixing your foundation cracks using an at-home repair kit. The Earth Contact Products (ECP), epoxy and polyurethane injection resins are designed to seal cracks and eliminate water and air leaks from basement walls. The professionals at My Foundation Repair and Waterproofing can provide this effective permanent solution to leaking cracks. 

Epoxy injection is used to weld cracked concrete walls back together, restoring the structural integrity of the wall. This epoxy permanently repairs cracks and creates a bond that becomes stronger than the original wall. These injections are done from the inside of the basement and is completed in just a few hours. 

Polyurethane foam injection is ideal for filling wider cracks. The ECP polyurethane foams work for filling voids and sealing around pipes. Polyurethane foam injection is the best way to stop an active foundation wall leak. The expanding foam completely fills the crack and prevents future water leaks. The water will remain outside and will not be able to penetrate into the inside. 

These epoxy and polyurethane foam products are much more heavy duty than the crack repair kits you can buy in the store. They are designed to be used by professionals to permanently repair foundation cracks. Getting your foundation crack repair done right the first time will save you money in the long run. Trying to repair foundation wall cracks and having it fail in a few years, will only make the matter worse. The cracks will not be fixed and can cause more damage than if a professional is called to do it right the first time. Don't hesitate to contact My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing to get a professional in to inspect your wall cracks and give you a permanent solution for your foundation wall cracks. 



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 insure 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 indidually 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 life span - 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, reducting 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 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 in 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.

Foundaiton 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 equiment 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:

  • Sea walls
  • 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 are no grater than five feet apart. After the piers are installed, the slab load is transfeerred across the piers uniformly and evenly by activating the hydraulic rams simultaneously with the ECP maniford 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.



Concrete Pressed Piles

clock December 30, 2013 06:50 by author
Instead of using low quality concrete pressed piles, contractors use quality steel pier systems to repair settling or sinking foundations.

Concrete Pressed Piles

Why do some foundation repair contractors use concrete cylinders? Why do I see their advertising campaigns all over the internet and TV?

Concrete pressed piles are the most popular piering system in North Texas, and are expanding to other areas such as Oklahoma City, Kansas City and Nashville. This popularity is due to several factors that are advantageous to contractors but has very little advantages for your home.  Whether they call them concrete pressed piles, concrete cylinders or a cable locking system, they are all very similar in their limitations and effectiveness.

The concrete pier or pile section is usually a concrete cylinder that is six inches in diameter and twelve inches tall. The section in usually pushed into the ground using a cheap bottle jack that uses the weight of the structure as resistance. Most homes in Texas and Oklahoma are not very heavy and only allow three to four sections to be pushed into the ground before the building begins to lift. This shallow depth is only a temporary “fix” and will not permanently support your home. Without driving to bedrock or a very hard load bearing surface (often 15-25 feet deep) you cannot expect the piering system to permanently solve your homes sinking or settling problems.  

Due to the shallow depths that concrete pressed piles are driven to, many of these foundation repair contractors. Concrete pressed piles and their effectiveness attempt to place more piers than would otherwise be necessary. They even adjust the number of piers that they recommend by how many their crew can install per day.  Often they try to sell between 15-20 concrete piers around and in the home. These companies have crews that can place these, clean up and collect your money, in a day.

So if they are not very effective why would so many foundation repair contractors use them? Now this is the interesting part. These precast concrete cylinder sections can be purchased for less than two dollars apiece. So, if they sold twenty "piers" and they can only drive them four sections deep per pier, the contractor would only have a material cost of approximately $160 total. They would need some blocks and steel shims to build up between the top of the cylinders and the bottom of the house so this may add $20 per pier or a total of $400. So now we have a total of $560 for twenty piers or $28 per pier.

steel push pier

These contractors then charge their customers between $350 and $700 for each concrete pressed piling installed. This is why so many foundation repair contractors use these systems – high profit margins. Not because they work, not to permanently solve your problem they use them because they require very little equipment and they provide large profits.

What's the Solution?

So what should you do? One permanent solution is steel push piers. While initially these sound like a very similar system there are some major differences that allow these systems to provide a lifetime of foundation support. High quality steel push piers have been designed by engineers to provide maximum support, maximum life and unlimited adjustability. These systems use 42” long high strength galvanized pier sections, 35-40 ton drive cylinder, an engineer design drive stand and a manifold system that allows for precise stabilization or lifting.

The best steel push pier systems drive their high strength pipe straight down to bedrock or a load bearing layer that has the proven ability to support your home. An engineer designed  bracket system is placed on top of the deep driven pipe sections and can support between 50,000 and 100,000 lbs each. A top quality system like this require more effort, a little more money and much more time to install but, they do solve sinking and settling foundation problems permanently.

Do not get caught up in the advertising campaigns of low quality concrete pressed pilings, demand the best system for you home – a high quality steel pier system. To contact an approved installer of a high quality steel push pier go to www.myfoundationrepairs.com/contacts.asp



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