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Foundation Repairs Caused by Summer Heat

clock June 14, 2011 17:26 by author blogadmin
Fluctuating moisture levels and soil conditions cause cracks in your foundation. Hire a professional to assess your damages to make foundation repairs.

 

Foundation repairs to your home and summer heat go hand in hand.

Spring is over, the outside temperatures start to rise and the rains slow down our focus needs to be on our foundations. Foundations are very susceptible to fluctuations in moisture level of soils. Spring brings moderate temperatures and steady rains. Summer brings high temperatures and dry weather. These fluctuations cause movement in your homes foundation which can result in cracks in basement walls and sticky doors and windows.

In the spring the weather is mild and wet, which causes the soil to become saturated and swollen. The wet soils expand and become very heavy around and under your homes foundation. Often you will notice new cracks in basement floors, drywall and foundations. These rigid surfaces show these signs of stress because of the expansive soils surrounding them and their movement.

As summer starts, the soil begins to dry out, crack and shrink. You will notice cracks to develop in your lawn and the soil pulling away from the foundation. As this continues the process goes deeper and deeper in your yard causing your foundation to settle. As the homes foundation starts to settle new cracks will develop vertically in the basement walls. These vertical cracks are due to differential settle or uneven settlement caused by different soil moisture levels around your home. The location of trees, flower gardens and shade will help determine the drying time and extent.

To prevent further foundation damage caused by soil movement foundation repairs become necessary. Whether it is helical tiebacks during the spring rains or steel push piers in the heat of the summer, slowing or stopping the movement is the key to preventing major structural damages. Foundation repair methods are successful when they move the bearing surface of the foundation to soils that are not affected by moisture changes in the upper levels of soils. By bearing on deep soils the foundation remains stable and less affected by active soils.

As the temperatures increase in your area keep an eye on soil moisture levels and any new cracks in your home. These are signs of future movements and potential foundation problems. While some will tell you that you can reverse the effects of drying soils with soaker hoses, the amount of water necessary to do this is usually unpractical. A simple one inch rain that falls on a 1,500 square foot roof equals nearly 1,000 gallons of water. When you add in the water that falls on your lawn it is simple to see replacing this quantity of water can become very difficult and expensive. 



Helical Anchor Installation Torque Monitor

clock March 30, 2011 18:41 by author blogadmin
The ECP Helical Anchor Installation Monitor can monitor installation torque, RPM, depth, and GPS coordinates.
ECP Helical Anchor Installation Monitor

 

The ECP Smart Anchor Monitor (SAM) is revolutionizing the helical anchor industry. No longer do engineers and helical anchor installers need to rely on inaccurate torque monitoring systems. The old days of watching for shaft twist and hydraulic pressures have gone the way of the dinasours. Today foundation repair and new construction contractors can monitor installation torque, RPM, depth, angle of installation and GPS coordinates with the ECP Smart Anchor Monitor.If you are not utilizing the ECP S.A.M. technology, then your competition is one step ahead of you. For more information about the ECP SAM, call Earth Contact Products today!

 

SAM 10 - 10,000 ft-lb model fits 5-1/4" bolt circle           SAM 25 - 25,000 ft-lb model fits 7-5/8" bolt circle

 

  • Highly Accurate Monitoring Capability
  • Torque, RPM, Angle, Depth & Location Monitoring
  • Easy to Use
  • Rugged Design
  • Logged Data can be Exported to Excel Spreadsheet
  • GPS Capable
  • Connects to Current Tooling

 



Helical Anchors Used For Solar Power

clock March 7, 2011 07:35 by author blogadmin
Atlas Piers of Atlanta installs helical anchors for a solar panel foundation project in Dalton Georgia.

 

 

 

The small town of Dalton, Georgia is moving toward becoming the site of the largest solar field in the state. The project, owned by Georgia Power, will bring sustainable energy to the Dalton area for many years to come.

This solar panel project is made possible by the use of ECP helical piles installed by Atlas Piers of Atlanta. The efficient installation of helical piles allows for exact layout of the solar arrays and will provide years of support against wind and weather. The helical piles provided by Earth Contact Products are made from recycled steel which has been a perfect match for renewable energy sources such as solar.

Atlas Piers of Atlanta has used the efficient installation nature of the helical piles to keep phase 1 of the project on time while providing the project engineers a documented installation record. The documentation will provide project managers and engineers, proof of capacity and documentation of meeting design guidelines.

Atlas Piers of Atlanta helps Dalton Solar Plant Celebrate Groundbreaking, click on the following link to learn more: http://www.atlaspiers.com/commercial/solar-panel-foundations/

 



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