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Dry Conditions Can Leave Homes On Unstable Foundations

clock January 31, 2014 05:47 by author
Dry soil conditions cause unstable foundations such as settlement and cracking. If you notice sticking doors and windows, contact My Foundation Repairs today.

Dry Soil Conditions Can Lead to Settlement

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Drought years lead to extra settling, cracks in walls

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —The dry weather conditions are causing serious problems with some homes in the Kansas City area.

 

Dry and clay soil gets even drier during droughts and the lack of moisture is causing an excess of problems.

 

"It was pretty obvious when someone walked into the room that there was a problem," said resident Cindy Geir."The door was just hard to open and close, and some of the windows wouldn't open anymore."

 

Small cracks and other problems inside the home can mean some major repairs outside.

 

The foundation in Cindy Geir's home sank up to three inches.

 

While it may seem like a small amount, the price tag for fixing the problem isn't.

 

"You're probably in the $5,000 range and up," said Mark Phillips of Arrow  Foundation Repair.

 

"Because the drought has really just continued," he said. "It's really been like this the last two years, just because we haven't had a lot of moisture, and that includes snow, so therefore, the ground is still pretty dry."

When it's this dry, soil pulls away from the foundation and causes the home to lose stability and sink.

 

While some experts recommend watering around the foundation to help prevent it from happening, it won't take care of all of the problems.

"It will alleviate and get the clay soils into a neutral mode, but inevitably, we're going to get into a drought again, and you're probably going to be right back to the same problem," said Phillips.

He said one thing people can do is keep their eyes open for cracked drywall or sticking doors and windows. Sometimes catching the problem early can mean saving a lot of money.

 

Arrow Foundation Repair said it usually sees about 100 repairs per year, but that number has risen over the past two years.







House Leveling Methods for a Sinking or Settling Foundations

clock January 9, 2014 08:10 by author
Need to level your settling or sinking house? We have the foundation repair solutions, so you can maintain a healthy foundation.

A home's foundation will sink or settle over time. Even new homes experience shifting and movement which can result to a formation
of small cracks in the foundation. But as homes age, foundation settlement can be critical especially if the soil around and under the foundation becomes over-saturated. Dry and hot conditions dehydrate the soil causing the foundation to sink. This type of movement causes many problems to your foundation. The question is, how do you level sinking or settling foundations? At My Foundation Repairs, we can help you find a professional engineer to inspect your foundation and determine the best solution for your settlement issues. Afterall, your home is one of your biggest investement so why not take care of it.

How To Avoid Sinking or Settling Foundations?

Identifying and knowing the causes of foundation settlement can help you maintain a healthy foundation. Follow these tips to
minimize the affects of soil erosion, compaction, and expansion:

• Make sure the soil is properly compacted.
• Repair minor cracks.
• Fix all leaky pipes.
• Maintain a consistent moisture level by not over-watering the soil around your home.
• Make sure your home has a ground slope away from your foundation.
• Clean your gutters on a regular basis.
• Install downspouts that are the right size and length to direct water away from your home.
• Make sure the landscaping is not too close to your foundation. It should be at least 5 feet away.
• Install an adequate waterproofing system in and around your home.

What are the Signs of Settlement?

wall cracks due to settlementYour home is one of your most valuable assets. Foundation settlement and sinking causes damaging affects to your home's structure. Understand the causes and warning signs of foundation failure before the problem gets worse. Look for the early warning signs of settlement. These signs include:

• Misaligned doors and windows
• Window hard to open or close
• Cracked chimney
• Leaning or tilting chimney
• Wall cracks
• Foundation cracks
• Gaps around windows or doors
• Cracks in mortar joints
• Water seepage
• Step crack in bricks
• Bowing or leaning walls
Sticking doors

If you notice any of these warning signs, a professional contractor can inspect your home for more damage. By avoiding foundation repairs, the problem will get worse over time and jeopardize your family's health and safety. Wall cracks could widen, creating an entry for rodents and insects. Larger wall and foundation cracks could also increase moisture levels causing mold and mildew growth. Prevent standing water and flooded basements by repairing your foundation today. Don't let these disasters happen to you. Contact us right away.

What Methods Are Used to Level Settling and Sinking Homes?

steel piers is a foundation repair solution

Hire a professional to level your settling or sinking home. A professional can use the latest products in the foundation repair industry. These products are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP):

Steel Push Piers - This is a permanent solution for fixing foundation settlement due to soil shrinkage and erosion. Push piers are driven deep into the soil to lift the home back into its original position. It supports and stabilizes your home's load bearing walls.

Helical Piers - These piers are used to repair and stabilize foundations. They are great for slab foundations and light weight structures. During the installation process, there is little to no disturbance to your home.

Plate Anchors - Anchors supports cracked or bowed basement walls. The simple design allows the experts to complete the job quickly and effectively. There is little disturbance to landscaping which is a great benefit.

Hydraulic Lift Slab Pier - These piers are used to lift concrete slab for residential and commercial projects. 

Why You Should Contact a Professional Contractor

First of all, leveling your home is not a DIY project. Using your local handyman or making your own foundation repairs have many disadvantages:

1. It could cause personal injury or additional damage to your home.
2. You don't have the proper tools or equipment to make foundation repairs.
3. It can be difficult to assess foundation damages and find the source of the problem.
4. Making your own foundation repairs, could decrease the value of your home and make it difficult to sale. New home buyers usually want to buy homes that have professional home inspections and work repairs.
5. You may spend more money than expected. If your foundation repairs fail, then you would have to call a professional to fix it.

At My Foundation Repairs, we are committed to helping homeowners locate a professional foundation repair contractor in the area. Professional contractors provide quality service because they are trained with the latest technology and products. They are specialized to repair your foundation with quality ECP products such as steel piers, helical anchors, wall anchors or basement crack repair.
Hire a professional contractor today to avoid further damages to your foundation. Leveling your home will increase the longevity of your home. Request an estimate today so we will provide an experienced foundation repair specialist to inspect the condition of your home.



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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