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Common Indoor/Outdoor Foundation Problems | My Foundation Repairs

clock January 13, 2015 10:13 by author
Look for indoor and outdoor foundation problems to avoid costly repairs. My Foundation Repairs can help locate a qualified contractor to assess your damages.

Indoor and Outdoor Foundation Problems to Watch For

The causes of foundation problems are rarely a result of the structure of the design. Most damage is due to foundation soil that supports the structure. If you are a property owner, knowing the common warning signs can prevent most foundation issues and save you money in the long run. The sooner the problems are fixed, the better. 

There are many factors that lead to foundation problems, but the most common are due to weak bearing soils, poor compaction, inconsistent moisture content, maturing trees/vegetation or soil consolidation. If you have any of these issues on your property, look for signs of foundation issues.

Common Warning Signs of Foundation Problems

indoor and outdoor foundation problemsIndoor Warning Signs: Unfortunately, homes will settle over time and a little settlement is not a reason for concern. But it is good idea to be alert for more dramatic changes such as:

  • Sticking doors
  • Wall cracks over doorways, windows or between the walls and ceilings
  • Concrete floor cracks
  • Hard to open and close windows

Outdoor Warning Signs: Inspect the outside of your home or building for signs of foundation issues. Is your foundation straight? Measure the length of the foundation wall from each corner. Also, check for leaning or bowing walls by using a level. Bulging block or poured concrete walls will shift or move if there is pressure against the foundation walls. This is caused by soil expansion and contracting.

Crumbling or Breaking Concrete: If you have a poured perimeter foundation, check the stability of the foundation by poking it with a screwdriver. If it chips or flakes, the concrete could be deteriorating.

Rotten Wood Posts: Moisture in your basement or crawlspace can damage posts and concrete supports. Check to see if the posts are standing straight, and rested firmly beneath the beams. 

Moisture in the Crawlspace: Water puddles or standing water in the crawlspace is a sign you have poor drainage. These conditions can lead to moisture, mold growth and foundation settlement over time. Make sure gutters aren't clogged, and the soil slopes away from the home.

Foundation Cracks: Over time, cracks will form in concrete and block foundations. Hairline cracks and cracks at an L-shaped section are not a major concern. But some cracks are more serious than others, which could mean you have foundation issues. Look for the following cracks:

  • Horizontal crack - These are serious cracks that are caused by pressure against the foundation due to soil expansion and soil shrinkage.
  • Stair-step cracks - Cracks that are wider than 1/4 inch accompanied by a bulging wall are a major concern. Clogged gutters and poor drainage are factors that create pressure against foundation walls.

Contacting a Foundation Repair Specialist

If you have any of these warning signs, there are several repair methods used:

  • Steel Piers
  • Helical Piers
  • Helical Tieback Anchors
  • Plate Anchors
  • Hydraulic Slab Lift Pier

Don't let foundation problems get worse. My Foundation Repairs will contact an experienced foundation repair expert and give you a free inspection for your foundation problems. They will be able to determine if your settlement is normal or caused by soil-related issues. They'll help get your foundation back to normal so you can have peace of mind.



Residential, Industrial and Commercial Foundation Problems and Solutions

clock December 17, 2014 11:28 by author
If you are in need of residential, industrial or commercial foundation repair, contact My Foundation Repairs. We use ECP products for foundation repair.

Residential Foundation Problems and Repair

Your home is where you spend most of your time and it should be a safe haven for you and your family. A home is a big investment and you want to make sure that it stays strong and safe for many years to come. There are times, though, that your home may need some repairs done to ensure that it stays safe and strong. One of the issues that can occur to your home is foundation problems. Knowing what the signs are of foundation problems is the first step in getting the problem taken care of. Some of the signs that you may have foundation problems in your residence are:

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  • Sloping floors
  • Windows and doors that stick
  • Ceiling cracks
  • Wall cracks
  • Sloping floors
  • Stair and stoop proplems
  • Garage sinking
  • Leaning chimney
  • Floor cracks

All of these are signs that you may have a foundation that has shifted or settled. The sooner the repair is done, the better. Foundation problems can lead to total foundation failure, causing structural damage throughout the entire home. 

Foundation problems can occur due to poor soil compaction, changing moisture content in the soil, and weak bearing soils. If you notice any of the signs or if you are concerned about your home's foundation, My Foundation Repairs has foundation repair contractors that will come and inspect your home and see if you are in need of foundation repair. Our contractors use only the best products available for foundation repair. The underpinning products such as steel push piers and helical piers are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in the manufacturing of foundation repair products in the industry. 

The ECP steel push piers and helical piers are driven deep into the ground through the unstable soil until they reach a solid soil layer. The piers are individually load tested then the weight of the entire structure is hydraulically lifted onto the piers to lift and stabilize your foundaiton. If you have bowing or leaning walls, the ECP helical tiebacks are used to pull the wal back to its original level. So if you are in need of residential foundadtion repair, contact My Foundation Repairs and an expert contractor in foundation repair in your area will come and give you a free inspection and offer the foundation repair solution for your needs.

Industrial Foundation Problems and Repair

Keeping industrial property properly maintained will increase annual revenue and reduce liability issues. Industrial foundation problems occur due to the constant vibration and pounding from machinery and the constant traffic. Industrial foundation problems also occur due to the constant changing in the moisture content beneath the foundation. As the soil moisture changes, it will cause the soil to heave or shrink, creating a constant shifting of the soil. As this soil shifting is taking place, the foundation that is sitting on it is also shifting and moving. So combining the heavy-duty machinery and the shifting of the soil, the foundation of the industrial structure may suffer over time.

Not all foundation repair contractors have the ability to repair industrial facilities. My Foundation Repairs uses contractors with experience and knowledge in repairing industrial foundations. The foundation repair products used for industrial foundation repair are manufactured by ECP and are the best in the industry. 

ECP steel push piers are installed deep into the ground until they reach a solid soil layer. Each pier is then load tested. After the load testing is completed the structure is lifted onto the piers and the foundation is stabilized. These piers can be installed year-round without any major disruption. It is important to keep your industrial facility properly maintained. The contractors from My Foundation Repairs have 

Commercial Foundation Problems and Repair

When commercial buildings have a foundation problem, it can expedite the wear and tear on the machinery. Floor cracks are one of the signs of a foundation problem.  These cracks will create a tripping hazard and increase the liability and personal injury claims. Some of the other signs that you may have a foundation problem is a sloping floor. This, too can cause wear and tear on the machinery. 

Some foundation repair contractors are not experienced in commercial foundation repair. The contractors from My Foundation Repairs has the experience and uses the best products for commercial foundation repair. The products that our contractors use are all manufactured by ECP, the best in the industry. The underpinning products, steel push piers and helical piers, are installed deep into the ground until they reach a solid soil level, and the entire weight of the commercial structure is lifted onto the piers.

Don't let your commercial foundation problems be ignored. The longer the problem is not taken care of, the more structural damage that will occur to the structure. Let My Foundation Repairs have an experienced commercial foundation repair expert come and give you a free inspection and offer you the foundation repair method needed for your commercial foundation problem. 



Commercial Foundation Repair

clock October 28, 2013 09:03 by author
For commercial foundation repair solutions, a licensed professional can use heavy duty helical piers to lift and stabilize sinking foundations.

Commercial Foundation Repair

Homeowners are not the only ones who struggle with foundation problems. Commercial property managers and business owners also have to deal with foundation related issues quite often. Whether it is an office building, business storefront, or a multi-family structure, any type of building is at risk of developing a shifting, settling, or cracked foundation. One thing that makes many commercial building especially susceptible to problems like these is the great weight of the buildings. Commercial buildings usually have wider and deeper footings, taller walls, and greater loads than the average home. For this reason, commercial foundation repair is becoming more and more popular.

The dangers of neglecting foundation repair are quite significant. If you fail to fix your foundation, your commercial building could suffer from cracks in the walls or floor, leaning walls, bowing walls, sticking doors and windows, sloping floors, and more. Foundation problems can even lead to water issues, especially on lower levels and around the foundation of the structure. These are issues that are not only annoying, but could also be dangerous to those working in and utilizing your structure. Foundation repair is no trivial matter - hire a professional foundation repair contractor to inspect and repair your commercial structure.

Methods and Products for Commercial Foundation Repair

Commercial Foundation RepairCommercial foundation repair solutions usually involve many of the same techniques as residential foundation repair methods. Some of the most well suited products for foundation repair are heavy duty helical piers and heavy duty resistance piers. These extra strong piers have a great lifting capacity, vibration free installation, and easy load verification. Piers like these are normally used to lift and stabilize a sinking foundation. They do this by driving or screwing (in the case of helical piers) into the ground under the failing section of the foundation. The weight of the structure is then transferred onto the pier. which is used to stabilize the foundation and raise the building back to it's original level. Other foundation repair products that are used in commercial foundation repair include helical tiebacks and plate anchors, used to straighten and support leaning or bowing foundation walls. This is accomplished by drilling a hole into the yard that is adjacent to the affected wall and driving an anchor into the ground. This anchor is then connected to a plate in the wall by a tie rod, relieving the pressure on the leaning or bowing wall. A qualified foundation engineer can help you choose the right products and methods to restore your commercial building to top condition.

Since foundation repair is a vital part of keeping your structure safe, it is important to hire an experienced foundation repair contractor that has been specifically trained in commercial foundation repair. Because of permitting rules and complicated factors such as structural weights, soil conditions, and live loads, a foundation engineer is usually required to perform commercial underpinning or structural work. Do not underestimate the importance of foundation repair; if you see an issue with any component of your commercial structure, contact a foundation engineer immediately to diagnose and treat the problem. My Foundation Repair can connect you to a foundation repair contractor with the expertise to take care of your foundation repair project.



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