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Signs of a Sinking/Settling Foundation

clock October 1, 2013 06:24 by author
Leaning walls, bowing walls, and wall cracks are signs of foundation failure. Contact a professional if you notice any of these warning signs in your home.

From time to time it’s a good idea to walk around your home and look for signs of foundation problems. Some things to look for are cracks in walls or floors, leaning or bowing walls, leaning chimneys, even hard to open doors and windows. Don’t take any of these signs lightly. The longer you ignore them, the more devastating they can become to the home. If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to contact a professional that has experience in inspecting and suggesting the best solution to remedy the problem.  

A sinking or settling foundation needs to be taken care of as soon as you see any of these signs. The sooner it’s taken care, the less amount of damage and the less it will cost you in the long run. Foundation settling is caused by soil shifting due to an either poor construction when the home was built, poorly compacted soil, expansive soils, and deteriorating supports. 

As you inspect your home and find wall cracks, many homeowners believe that this was something that happened recently. However, this usually is a case where it has happened over time, and it’s important to treat these cracks as a potentially serious problem that needs to be inspected by a professional. 

Soil pressure can cause walls to tilt or bow because the wall is being pushed by soil pressure. Walls then crack when they tilt or bow. These cracks occur along joint lines between individual blocks. These cracked walls increase the chances of unwanted water in your basement or crawl space. Having these tilting and bowed walls checked early, can stop serious damage from occurring to your foundation. 

A leaning chimney is a sign that repair needs to be done on the support footing and foundation. The chimney is one of the essential and heaviest parts of the home, built on a small amount of space. The concrete footing that it is built on needs to be big enough to support it and keep it from sinking into the ground. If your chimney starts to pulls away from the house, gaps occur allowing water or bugs to enter causing further damage to your home.

Steel piers are a good choice for most of your foundation repair issues. They are economical and are a permanent solution for your home’s foundation. These underpinning piers are an end bearing pier that can provide safety and support because they do not rely on the soil skin friction.

Helical piers is another type of underpinning pier used. They are quick to install and excellent for foundation repair where limestone or load bearing soil are not easily accessible.

Plate anchors stabilize leaning or bowing walls and are the most economical method for stabilizing these leaning or bowed walls. The installation of these plate anchors are quick because the use handheld equipment and there is little disturbance to your yard and landscaping.

Earth Contact Products (ECP), is the leading manufacturer of foundation and basement waterproofing products in the industry. Contact a professional today for any of your foundation repair needs.



Foundation Repair - Not a DIY Project

clock October 1, 2013 06:06 by author
Don't hire your local handyman to fix your sticking windows and doors. A foundation engineer can repair your damages by using helical piers and steel piers.

Your home means the world to you and your family. On a regular basis you probably go around and check your foundation for any signs of damage. Any time you see a crack in the wall, you will need to investigate it further. Any type of crack can lead to further damage such as water leaking in or insects and critters making their way to your basement. When water leaks in, not only can your possessions get ruined, but the damage to your foundation walls puts your house at risk.

 Water damage often leads to bowed walls or leaning walls. When there is too much water in the soil, it puts pressure on the walls pushing them in and creating the bowing walls and making cracks in the foundation. When there is a lot of water in soil, it can get under your foundation and weaken the support under your house. Another thing you may notice is that your windows and doors are sticking. This may be due to weather conditions of humidity, but it also another signal to you that you may have foundation issues. No matter what the issue is with your foundation, you should always have a professional come out and take a look to assess any damage you are seeing.

Many homeowners often try to fix any problems themselves to save a little money. Foundation repair is not usually a do-it-yourself project. Filling in some of the gaps in the foundation with caulk may help for the moment. If there is more of a major issue, you are only putting off the help you may need from an experienced foundation repair company.  When you put off getting the extra help, you may be creating bigger problems that will cost you even more money. Many foundation companies use some of the best products on the market from Earth Contact Products (ECP).

A foundation repair contractor might suggest that helical piers and steel piers be used to support your foundation. These products are driven into the soil until stable bedrock is found. Now your house is lifted to level it should be at. This will take care of any settlement issues you may be having with your foundation. You may also need to have some plate anchors installed by your contractor to help brace your walls. The plate anchors will eventually straighten your leaning wall. Once you have done all this with your professional contractor, you may need to add interior and exterior drainage systems to your to do list. This will keep all the work you have done safe and your home stable.   



Leaning Chimney Woes

clock October 1, 2013 05:11 by author
Do you have a tilting or leaning chimney? Hire a foundation repair expert to support and lift your chimney back into its original position.

It's Autumn, and many of us are wanting to use our fireplaces, but some of us can't because we have a leaning or tilting chimney. The problem is, this isn't the only problem you will have if you have a leaning chimney. A leaning chimney is dangerous to you and to your neighbors. It can also be a really bad thing for your foundation. If you notice that you have a leaning or tilting chimney it is a good idea to contact a foundation specialists. There are things that can be done to repair your chimney that are minimally evasive and will protect your family and neighbors from a falling chimney. 

Helical Piers

Earth Contact Products produces the very best helical piers on the market. What is a helical pier? Helical piers have been around a very long time actually. They came about in the early 1800's. They are underpinning devices designed to carry a load, and are excellent to use when support has broken down beneath your foundation, or in this case, your chimney. A helical pier or two can be installed below your leaning chimney to provide support and lift the chimney back into its original position. This device is designed to be long lasting. 

 

If you notice your chimney is leaning, and important point to make is that this is not DIY fix it job. It is important to realize that if it is not fixed, or isn't fixed correctly, it can cause ill effects on the rest of your foundation. It can put extra strain on parts of your foundation which can cause bowing and leaning walls, wall cracks or foundation cracks. If you notice any these signs, myfoundationrepairs.com can point you in the right direction of a foundation specialist near you. We have a network of foundation specialists in many areas throughout the country. 

 

Earth Contact Products offers other solutions as well if you do notice bowing and leaning walls in your home. Plate anchors or wall anchors can be installed to stabilize, support, and straighten bowing and leaning walls. They are economical, and can be installed without causing too much disturbance to the yard around your foundation. 

 

So enjoy the Autumn and Winter months with your fireplace, not that you know your leaning or tilting chimney can easily be fixed with helical piers, you can look forward to a cozy season! So don't put it off. Get in touch with your local foundation team today and get started on fixing your chimney today.



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