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How Clogged Gutters can Affect your Foundation

clock September 30, 2013 09:08 by author
Do you have standing water around your foundation? Clogged gutters can cause an accumulation of water and lead to serious foundation problems.

How Clogged Gutters can Affect your Foundation

Although you may not think about it, the state of your gutters can affect many other areas of your home, including your foundation. If your gutters do not function properly, it could pose a threat to the overall integrity and safety of your home, lower the property value, or lead to foundation repairs and water issues. The most common problem that homeowners face with their gutters is that they fail to drain or channel excess rain water far enough away from the home.  If water is not able to travel through the gutter, it is most likely because the gutter has become clogged with leaves or debris. This is especially common in the autumn season when the trees are dropping their leaves. If you have clogged gutters often lead to costly foundation repairs that require extensive labor. Having your gutters regularly cleaned (at least once or twice a year) can prevent such problems from arising.

If your gutters have become clogged, it is important to understand and check for any other foundation problems that they may have caused. Overflowing water from clogged gutters will most likely end up pooling around your foundation. Over time, this excess water can lead to the erosion of soil around and underneath the foundation. The water could also leak directly into the basement through existing cracks in the foundation or basement walls, leading to multiple foundation issues, and water damage.

Erosion and pooling water around your foundation will weaken it, eventually causing foundation cracks or a shifting or settling foundation. These are serious problems that should be repaired as soon as possible by a professional foundation repair contractor. There are some telltale signs to look for when trying to determine if you have a settling foundation or sinking foundation. If you notice leaning walls or bowing walls in your home or in your basement, it is a good indicator that something is wrong with the foundation. Another quite obvious indicator may be foundation cracks, itself, wall cracks, or even ceiling cracks. Sticking windows and doors are another good sign that your foundation is in need of repair. Sometimes, a damaged foundation may even lead to a wet basement. If you find any of these problems with your foundation, contact My Foundation Repairs for the expert service that you need to take care of all your foundation repair needs.

Foundation Repair Solutions for Clogged Gutter Issues

My Foundation Repairs offers a variety of foundation repair services to insure that your home is returned to normal in the shortest amount of time possible. The most common fix for most of the above problems is to raise the foundation back to it's original position by a method called underpinning and then seal any cracks that may have formed in the foundation or walls. To do this, we use helical piers or steel push piers to support the foundation. These work by drilling into the stable soil underneath any voids that may have been caused by erosion or shifting soil. Then the weight of the house is transferred onto the helical pier or steel push pier and the house is raised to it's original position. We also provide epoxy and polyurethane grout crack injection to fill any cracks that may have formed and insure that water does not leak through them and into your home.

My Foundation Repair offers top solution for all of your foundation repair issues. We use quality methods and reliable materials from ECP (Earth Contact Products) to guarantee the welfare of your home. Don't let clogged gutters get the best of you; contact us for a free estimate today!



Options for Foundation Repairs

clock July 11, 2013 02:40 by author
A professional foundation engineer can support and stabilize your home's foundation by using ECP foundation repair products.

Foundation Repair Options

We all need options and this is never more evident than when it comes to your home. Your concrete foundation provides critical support for your home and it is necessary that your foundation be kept in good repair at all times. Any type of damage to your foundation can cause many different problems, ranging from a leak in your basement to a problem with the stability of your home. You do not need any of these issues, so if you have an issue with your foundation, you should call in the professionals right away to give you some options for foundation repair. By working with a professional to solve your foundation issues, you can keep your home safe for your family and you can protect the long-term value of your home.

  

Options for Foundation Repair

 The best type of foundation repair is going to vary depending on a variety of different elements. Your location and the soils around your home has a large impact. Soils in Chicago for example and soils in Kansas City and soils in Virginia Beach each have unique profiles which have an impact on your foundation. The cause of the problem greatly impacts which method of repair is right for you. The extent of the problem also will play a role in what foundation repair method is best. Finally, your budget is going to have an impact in how your foundation is repaired as there are certain options that have a lower cost than other methods of repair.

  

The best way to choose the right foundation repair method is to have an experienced and qualified foundation repair expert come to your home, evaluate your situation and give you details on the different options available to you. A qualified foundation expert can help you weigh the pros and cons of each option, you can then make an informed choice and select the best foundation repair method that will provide a long-term and comprehensive solution to your issues.

  

Some of the different foundation repair options that you may wish to consider and that your foundation repair expert may tell you about include the following:

  

        Push Piers. Steel push piers provide support against settling or sinking basement walls. These highly engineered bracket systems are installed under your foundation and piers or piles are driven deeply into the soil to provide permanent support for your home.

         Carbon Fiber straps or strips. Carbon fiber uses straps to stop cracking or bowing of the foundation in your home. There is no need to do any outside excavating of your home when high quality carbon fiber is the chosen method of foundation repairs.

 

        Plate Anchors. This option involves the installation of steel reinforcement plates on the inside and outside of your basement wall, which then are attached to provide supplemental support for bowing or leaning basement walls. There is only minor excavation that needs to be done and can be completed very quickly.

 

        Crack injection. This is a very simple and straightforward solution when your foundation has cracked. A special polyurethane or epoxy can be used to fill the cracks in basement walls. Polyurethanes provide a flexible seal against water and epoxies are used as a structural repair to permanently seal basement wall or floor cracks.

  

These and other options should be discussed with your foundation repair expert so the right solution is found given the nature of your foundation issues.

Note: It is always recommended that you consult with a professional foundation engineer before beginning any structural foundation repair project.



How Much Does It Cost To Fix A Settling Foundation?

clock February 19, 2013 04:13 by author
What does foundation repair cost? Your cost of foundation repair will depend on your home's particular situation. Factors that impact cost include how accessible the sunken portion of the foundation is, the cause of foundation failure, and the method of repair. Learn more at myfoundationrepairs.com.

Cost of Foundation Repair

foundation repair cost

What does foundation repair cost? This is the number one question that most homeowners ask when looking into foundation repair. The issue when answering is that the answer can be as complex as the foundation repair itself. The more extensive the damage, the more costly the repairs will be. This is because other issues tend to show up as time passes, such as cracks in basement flooring or foundation walls.

Quantifying the cost of a foundation repair can be difficult due to all the variables that can affect each home or structure. Your cost for foundation repair will depend on your homes particular situation. Factors that impact cost include how accessible the sunken portion of the foundation is, the cause of foundation failure, and the method of repair.

If the cost of foundation repair seems high at first, keep this in mind: your home is probably your largest investment. In the end, the cost will be worth it because your property will be safe, sound and marketable.

Factors to Consider for Foundation Repair Cost

A few of the factors that foundation engineers and foundation repair contractors must consider for the cost of foundation repair are listed below.

Type of Foundation

The type of foundation can greatly affect the cost of foundation repairs. There are three main types of foundations. These include monolithic slab, pier and beam, and t-shaped foundations (spread footing and wall). Each of these foundation types, due to differences in design, require different materials or different amounts of similar materials. For instance, pier and beam foundations require insulation, unlike the other types. Because different materials or amounts of materials are used from one foundation to another, the repair cost may not be the same from house to house, even if the damage is similar and square footage is approximately the same.

The Stability of the Soil

In Kansas City, homes situated atop a great amount of unstable soil tend to need more interior piers to counteract the shrink-swell characteristics of soils. Each house sits on a unique mixture of soils and some soils have greater shrink-swell potential than others. Another factor that contributes to the stability of the soil is proper drainage. Improper drainage can cause erosion underneath a structure which will adversely affect the foundation, and cause it to sink. More interior piers will be needed to counteract the erosion.

House Size

The size of the house can lower or raise foundation repair costs as well. The larger the house, the more materials must be purchased for the repair. Larger houses also can be more expensive to repair because they involve more weight and structural complexity.

The Amount of Foundation Settlement

Settlement refers to the extent that a structure is unlevel. If the home is experiencing severe signs of foundation problems, such as bowed walls, large cracks in the ceiling or walls, or doors that will not open or close properly in a majority of the house, it is feasible that the foundation will need to be stabilized with interior piers to a greater extent than houses with a lesser deviation. The more stabilization a house needs, the more the repairs will cost.

On average, repairing a failing foundation of a house costs between $5,000 and $10,000. This assumes that there won’t be any additional problems to fix while repairing the foundation, such as replacing plumbing. Although the average is around $8,000, simple jobs can get as low as just over $2,000, while complex jobs might push close to $20,000.

The Contractor You Choose

One of the biggest aspects of foundation repair cost is who does the repair. Professional foundation repair contractors are more likely to do the job quickly and efficiently and to do better quality work. Newer companies, in contrast, may “sell” customers with low prices but end up costing more in the long run because their inexperience may translate to more hours on the job. For this reason, it may be worth it to hire the company that offers an initially higher bid for the repair.

Possible Additional Costs

In addition to the complexity and scope of the problem, other variables that can add to the cost of repairs include:

  • Hiring a structural engineer to assess the damage (typically $300 to $1,500).
  • Getting a soil report prepared by a geotechnical engineer, if needed (about $500 to $3,000).
  • Obtaining a local building permit, if required ($75 to $150).
  • Dealing with hidden obstacles in the ground, such as old repair methods, extra-deep footings, or tree roots (may add an average of $1,000 to $2,500 to the overall cost).

Get A Foundation Inspection Today

Although the total cost of foundation repair can be substantial, your home is often your biggest investment and these repairs (properly done by a reputable foundation repair contractor) can be essential to protecting your equity and keeping your home safe, sound and marketable. Contact My Foundation Repairs today to get in touch with a professional foundation repair contractor in your area.



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