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Foundation Problems Explained

clock October 28, 2013 04:43 by author
Know the warning signs of foundation problems such as bowing walls, leaning chimneys, leaning walls, and wall cracks.

Foundation Problems: What to Look For

Foundation settlement is the movement of a home or building to a point below its original position. This is usually caused by the shifting or compaction of the underlying soil. This can be caused by changes in soil conditions and moisture content, construction on previously disturbed soil or backfill. Knowing the signs of foundation problems before they become an even bigger problem will save you time and money in the long run. Early warning signs can be easy to spot if you are aware of changes happening in and around your home. Some are easier than others to notice. A sinking or sloping floor can be pretty obvious. You may think that because a door or window is hard to open, it's just old window frames or dried paint. Windows and/or doors that become hard to open or latch is another sign that more investigation needs to be done to your foundation. Other signs are: cracks in walls, especially over a doorway or window, cracks in tile or vinyl floors, leaning walls or bowing walls, leaning chimney, garage cracks, and slab cracks

If you are aware of any of these signs, a little more investigation is needed by going outside and looking down the length of your foundation and notice if it is straight or if there are any bulges or divots. If you see bulges or divots, it is a sign that your foundation has shifted. Next, check the walls and see if there are any signs of bowing or leaning. If so, this means that the soil has contracted and expanded causing pressure against the walls. Underlying soil expands when it gets wet and shrinks when it dries. This causes voids underneath the foundaiton causing it to shift or settle. 

Basements and crawlspaces should be checked to make sure that the posts are straight and are firm underneath the beams they support. Check to see if framing is wet or if there are puddles forming. If that is the case, it is a sign of poor drainage around the foundation. This poor drainage can also cause the soil beneath the foundation to shift or settle.

 

Concrete Cracks and What They Mean

Concrete and block foundations normally have a few cracks because it shrinks when it cures causing it to crack. These hairline cracks are not signs of foundation problems, However, if a crack is wider than a quarter inch, or you see stairstep cracks in the masonary joints, these concrete cracks are signs of foundation settlement. Another sign that a crack is of concern is if they are horizontal. This is an indication that water-saturated soil has frozen and expanded causing it to push the concrete in and breaking it. 

Solutions

By recognizing any of the signs of foundation settlement, this will give you a heads up if you are looking at a home to buy, or for your existing home's safety. A foundation repair engineer, can analyze the situation and suggest a solution. My Foundation Repairs will send an expert in your area to examine your foundation and answer any questions you have. The experienced foundation repair specialists use only the best underpinning products in the industry. The steel push piers, helical piers, plate anchors or any product that is needed for foundation repair are made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading manufaturer of foundation repair and basement waterproofing in the industry. 

My Foundation Repairs is committed to giving homeowners the most qualified and experienced foundation repair contractor in the area that uses only the best products available to repair any of your foundation problems. For a free estimate from an expert in your area, contact My Foundation Repairs today!

 



Prevent Foundation Problems From the Start

clock October 22, 2013 10:04 by author
If you are building a new home in poor soil conditions, you may consider hiring an expert to install helical piers during new construction.

New Construction Piers

Because foundation problems are a major issue for many homeowners, it is important to do everything you can to prevent them before they arise. This is especially important if you live in areas where the soil is susceptible to movement and shifting. If you are building a new home in such an area, you may want to consider the fast spreading trend of installing helical piers under new construction. Though they are normally used in foundation repair, helical piers can be a great tool to prevent your foundation from sinking or settling. A sinking foundation can cause various issues throughout other areas of the home - cracks in your foundation or walls, bowing or leaning walls, windows and doors that stick, uneven or sloped floors, and more. My Foundation Repairs connects you with professionals that use innovative methods to help protect against foundation problems.

Helical piers, also know as helical anchors or piles, are used to lift and stabilize failing foundations. They are screwed deep into stable soil beneath the constantly shifting, active soil that supports your foundation. Then, the weight of the structure is transferred onto the pier so that the foundation can be stabilized and the structure lifted back to it's original position. This is how helical piers work in foundation repair situations. When they are used for new construction, they are installed in much the same way; the advantage to installing helical piers under new construction is that they can be installed more accurately and with much more ease.

New Contruction Piers, Helical PiersSolutions and Advantages of Helical Piers

Some advantages to using new construction helical piers are that they are extremely strong and effective, and the process is practically pain-free. Helical piers have an extremely high load bearing capacity; they are able to support over 200,000 pounds per pier. They can also be installed in nearly all weather conditions and the installation process itself is quick and non-invasive.

Many common foundation problems can be avoided through the use of helical piers in your new construction. Foundations built on active soil are likely to settle or develop cracks. Usually, a sinking or settling foundation is caused by shifting in the soil around and under the structure. This can happen when there is excessive rain and the soil retains moisture, leading to high hydrostatic pressure. This pressure can be too much for the foundation, and may cause it to shift or crack. Foundations can also shift if the soil under them erodes, creating voids under the foundation. Shrinking soil due to drought conditions can also form such voids. By installing helical piers under your new construction, you will ensure that your foundation is well supported no matter what the soil conditions are, since the piers rely on the stable soil deep under the ground.

 The ECP (Earth Contact Products) helical piers used by My Foundations Repair contractors are the most reliable piers available. We recommend the best products and services to keep your home healthy and safe. If you are building a new home, consider using new construction piers to prevent foundation problems down the road.



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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