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Common Foundation Solutions from ECP

clock October 1, 2013 07:11 by author
Hire a professional foundation engineer to install the right repair solutions. By using helical piers and wall anchors, they can increase the longevity of your home's structure.

Your home is the largest investment that you can make. Foundation problems can affect your investment by costing you thousands of dollars. At My Foundation Repairs, we offer foundation solutions to fix foundation problems before they cause serious structural damage. Detecting the signs of foundation problems can help you save time and money in the long run. Look for cracks in bricks, doors that stick, cracks in drywall, cracks in floor, and leaning walls. Foundation problems can be caused by soil-related issuses such as poor compaction, soil erosion, excessive organic materials, poor waterproofing, and soil shrinkage. These soil-related issues can cause stress on your home's foundation. Our ECP repair products include plate anchors, helical piers, slab piers and wall anchors. Let our professional team inspect your home today.

Plate Anchors
At Foundation Repairs, we use plate anchors to stablize your leaning or bowing walls. Plate anchors are designed to secure your basement due to excessive soil pressure. This type of soil pressure can be caused by excessive water in the soil surrounding your home. As the pressure increases, cracks begin to form followed by leaning or bowing basement walls.

Plate anchors are uniquely designed by ECP. They consists of an inside wall plate, an outside anchor and a rod  fastening them together. The plate anchors are reliable and protected against corrosion. They are the most economical method for stablizing bowed and cracked walls caused by pressure.

Helical Piers
There are many advantages to using helical piers. If you are building a new home, we can replace old concrete piers with helical piers.  They are quick to install.  Helical piers will increase the longevity to support your home. They are an affordable choice of underpinning. Contact our qualified professionals to install your helical piers.

Slab Piers
Slab piers are used for homes that are built on a concrete slab foundation. They are installed into deep intacted soil to level and stabilze your home. The concrete slab and interior walls are lifted. This type of foundation repair offers an underpinning solution that minimizes stress.

Wall Anchors
Does your foundation repair need wall anchors? To keep your foundation from collapsing, My Foundation Repair can support your foundation with wall anchors. The wall anchors slowly pulls the wall back in place. They are a traditional foundation repair technique for wall repair. A deep hole is dug in the soil near the foundation. A rod is driven through the foundation wall from inside. It is emerged in the hole of the ground. A steel plate is inserted in the hole and the end of the rod is fastened to it. A light plate is installed on the inside. As the rod tightens, the wall is pulled back in place and closes the cracks. The outside hole is filled.

My Foundation Repairs can inspect your foundation repairs and determine which repair solution is suitable for your home. Call us today to fix your foundation. We install plate anchors, helical piers, slab piers, and wall anchors. We are your foundation repair team. Contact us today!

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Foundation Repair Myths

clock February 22, 2013 06:54 by author
Before you believe the myths of foundation repairs, hire a foundation engineer so you can get advice.

The Myths Behind Foundation Repair

When you own a home, the last thing you want is a cracked or settling foundation. Unfortunately, it happens all too often, resulting in theFoundation repair, foundation settlement
need for professional foundation repairs. When it comes to something as serious as structural problems, quite a few myths exist. It's important to dispel misinformation and wild claims to get to the root of the problem and obtain the professional help you need from engineers and foundation repair professionals.

 Foundation Repair Myths

1. Foundation repair scares off potential home buyers

Real estate law requires full disclosure when it is time to sell your home. If you've had foundation repair work done on your home, you have to let potential buyers know. While hearing that you've had foundation repair may scare a few inexperienced buyers off initially, most will not, if you have the documentation and have used an experienced and respected foundation repair contractor. If you also have a report from a foundation engineer that explains the original problem and then signs off on the repair the prospective buyer can be assured that it is a permanent fix.

 The simple fact is, the majority of homes experience some sort of structural foundation problems during their lifetimes. Purchasing a home with a professionally repaired foundation, means buying a home that should never need similar foundation repairs again.

2. Foundation repair means a destroyed yard

Hiring a professional foundation repair company doesn't necessarily mean your lawn will be destroyed. While some repair techniques require excavation of earth around the foundation walls, others can be performed from inside and require little or no  exterior excavation. For example, methods such as installing high quality steel push piers inside your basement can be accomplished without exterior excavation. Also, crack repair, epoxy and polyurethane is a relatively simple repair done on the inside, when performed by an expert foundation repair contractor.

Remember, not every crack calls for the same repair technique. Before deciding on a foundation repair method, an experienced foundation repair specialist should find the root of your problem. He then will let you know if digging up the earth around your home is required.

3. Foundation repair is expensive

 When most think of foundation repairs, you probably picture yourself emptying your retirement account to pay for it. Today that has changed. Finding a crack in your basement wall doesn't mean you are about to break the bank. Modern foundation repair methods and techniques have come to your rescue. The cost depends on the cause of the crack and a settling foundation can even be done cost effectively.

Often foundation repairs consist of a simple, inexpensive polyurethane injection to prevent water intrusion or other procedures. Determining the true cause of your foundation cracks and settling can save you time and money. Call a foundation repair professional to diagnose your home's problem.

 4. Get three bids and take the cheapest

Not all contractors are created equally. The lowest bid is not always the best choice. This is your home, a home for your family, do research and hire professional engineers and high quality foundation repair contractors. Just because you do things correctly does not necessarily mean that you will spend more money.

Find a contractor with proper experience, training and insurance. How long have they been around? Are they backed by a national manufacturer? Will they still be there in the future if you have more problems? Are they approved by your foundation engineer? An experienced company offers solid warranties that protect you against unforeseen problems. Cheap and inexperienced contractors will give you just that – cheap work.

Nothing speaks for a contractor's work like his reputation. Ask around and find customers who have used them for similar projects. You can't go wrong with a contractor who has a good reputation with happy former customers and engineers that like to work with them.

While this list is not all inclusive. Searching http://www.myfoundationrepairs.com/ will provide you with the information about foundation repair that will educate you so you can dispel other myths about foundation repair.

Hiring a Foundation Engineer

 

Hiring of a foundation engineer is the most important piece of advice. These foundation engineers will evaluate your structure and write an analysis of the structure. They will know what type of foundation repair is needed and what products are needed to get the repair done correctly. Whether it be helical piles, steel push piers, wall anchors, or wall tie-backs, your foundation engineer will have the answer. Make sure your foundatiaon is protected by a nationally respected manufacturer that stands behind their products. 



Concrete Press Piles for Foundation Repair

clock October 3, 2012 00:11 by author
Concrete press piles do not meet local building codes. If you need foundation repairs, demand the use of helical and steel piers to repair your foundation.

Foundation Repair Products

foundation repair, concrete press pilesIf your home is experiencing foundation failure, such as cracks in the foundation or soil separation, then you may need foundation repairs. Finding the right foundation repair specialist can be a difficult proecess because each company offers different repair methods for fixing your home's foundation. That is why it is important to know important details of every foundation repair method, so you know if you are getting quality products.

There are many different types of foundation repair products available to repair your home. These include steel resistance piers, helical piers and concrete pressed piles. Unfortunately they all do not perform well or even meet the building code.

Concrete Press Piles vs. Other Piers

Concrete pressed piles or concrete cylinders do not meet local building codes for several reasons. First of all, they do not meet depth requirements. The depth of the pile or pier or any type of deep foundation system is probably the most important factor for an effective foundation repair system. No matter what foundation repair system is being installed, if this pier is not deep enough, it becomes a useless pier. Unless the pier system is installed below the active zone or zone of influence (as many engineers refer to it) it will not be able to support your home.

Concrete pressed piles are considered a friction pile – one that relies on skin friction with the soil to produce load holding characteristics. When these piers are installed in the active soil zones (typically 15’ or less), the addition or subtraction of soil moisture causes concrete pressed piles to move with the soil. Due to their diameter and blunt surface they are very difficult to drive past this active soil zone without doing damage to the home.

Steel piers and helical anchors not only do not rely on skin friction for support but also are designed to penetrate beyond the zone of influence which provides a stable pier to support your home. These piers are designed with the ability to go very deep if necessary, well beyond any moisture fluctuations in the soil. Steel piers have a much more slender nature which greatly helps their ability to penetrate dense soils, which are present during droughts or extended heat spells. Helical piers are screwed through the soil and use helix shaped flights or mini-footing to support your homes load. When installed beyond the active soil layers helical pier provide a very solid support for your foundation.

Next, concrete pressed piers do not provide a true connection between cylinders. This not only poses a problem with meeting building code minimum requirements but also creates a major problem for homeowners. As the concrete cylinders (12 inches each) are pressed into the soil they often times become misaligned. Picture a stack of blocks sitting on the floor. Now apply a force to the top block. You will notice that the blocks start to move side to side as more pressure is added. This exercise is consistent with how concrete pressed piers act when a bottle jack is used to force them into a hard soil.

Steel pier and helical anchors use a mechanical connection between the pier sections to maintain alignment and provide consistent support for your foundation. Helical anchors, due to their design, provide an additional benefit in that they equally resist upward and downward movement upon proper installation.

Often, foundation repair contractors that use pressed piles, will place a cable or reinforcing bar down the center of the pile to help compensate for their alignment downfall. This attempt in maintaining alignment is admirable but not effective. As the concrete cylinders move through the soil they will encounter varying soils which cause them to turn or curve. Once this takes place, any large force that is not exactly centered on a concrete cylinder can cause it to crack or break. Once the concrete cylinder has cracked you can expect your foundation to settle at this point.

While all foundation repair methods require proper training and education to provide any long term solution to your foundation problem, concrete pressed piles, due to their very nature, are prone to the unique issues covered above. Their design causes them to be driven shallow and often times at angles that do not provide long term support. Even if your city does not require foundation repair methods to meet building codes, as your home is your most valuable asset, you should demand the use of steel piers and helical piers by your foundation repair contractor. Manufacturers like Earth Contact Products design and engineer their systems to provide long term support as well as educate their network of foundation repair experts in the science of foundation repair.



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