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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.



How Sinkholes Form

clock October 24, 2013 05:00 by author
Sinkhole activity and foundation settlement have the same warning signs. Call an expert to inspect your foundation and soil so you can get foundation repairs.

Why You May need Sinkhole Repair

Homeowners, especially in regions that have a karst terrain, which means the ground below the surface is made up of soluble soil such as limestone, should be aware that sinkholes may be forming. The state with the most karst terrain and where sinkholes occur most often are Florida (which is number one), Texas, Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. This type of terrain dissolves faster than other types of terrain, so when water moves through it, it creates spaces and voids. This is what causes a sinkhole. The ground will collapse. When we here in the news of a sudden, tragic event that has happened because of a sinkhole, these events are rare. What could be happening under the foundation of your home can be a slow forming sinkhole.

Looking for signs that a sinkhole may be forming are some of the same as foundation settlement. Some of the signs of foundation settlement signs are cracks in walls and/or floors, bowing walls, sloping floors, sticking windows, and leaning chimneys. Because these are some of the same signs that a sinkhole is forming and causing your foundation problem, some different signs can indicate that a sinkhole is forming. These include the cracks in the foundation form in a circular pattern and trees and fence posts are leaning. 

Being aware of how sinkholes occur and watching for the signs, will give you the knowledge needed to get the problem repaired before further damage is done. You don't need to worry about a sinkhole forming if you contact a professional at the first signs. They have the ability to fix these voids under your foundation using the best products available. The professionals that My Foundation Repairs will refer you to uses Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading manufacturer of sinkhole repair and foundation repair products made in the industry. 

Cement grouting is done as one of the solutions for sinkholes. This grouting is applied to exact areas that need support and fill the void. It mixes with soft soil creating more support. Compaction grouting moves the soil and fills it in with a mortar-like grout. If you have observed your foundation sinking or leaning, call us for a professional to come and take a look. They are experts and have the equipment needed to evaluate the soil and find the solutions needed for the problem. 

It is important to look for any signs of foundation problems and to get a professional to take a look before the problem gets too big. Whether it be for foundation repair or taking care of a sinkhole that is forming, they will get it fixed and you will have peace of mind that your home is stabilized. The repairs that are made are long lasting and will keep your investment at the top of the market if you ever want to sell it. 

Don't lose sleep over the worry that a sinkhole that may be forming. Contact My Foundation Repairs for referrals to a professional who can examine your foundation and the soil surrounding it to give you the best solution to your sinkhole and foundation repairs.



Be Your Own Inspector for Your Foundation

clock October 23, 2013 06:04 by author
To prevent foundation failure, be your own inspector. Check for concrete cracks, poor drainage, water leaks, and the vegetation around your home.

Foundation Inspection and Foundation Failure

Every home will eventually need a new roof, new paint or routine cleaning. Homes are an expensive investment that requires routine maintenance. Every homeowner should take care of their investment as best as you can. At My Foundation Repairs, we can help you maintain your investment by providing you with tools of knowledge so you can maintain the value of your home. At My Foundation Repairs, we urge our clients to inspect four areas of their home. These four areas include concrete/slab cracks, drainage, vegetation, and water leaks. We are your foundation inspection and foundation failure service provider.

Inspect Your Concrete and Slab Cracks

First, inspect concrete/slab cracks and separations. As the foundation of the home ages, so does the concrete. You may start to notice small cracks, but there should not be cracks or separations if your home is new. Homes that are 10 years old should only have a hairline crack. As your home ages, you may notice wider cracks. Typically homes older than 10 years, may have deep foundation cracks. You may also start to notice garage column cracks or gaps around the doors/windows. If you start to notice these foundation repair signs, don't be alarm. Contact our team of professionals so we can provide a foundation inspection.

Inspect Your Drainage System

Do you have drainage problems in your home? Proper drainage is the second area of inspection. This area of inspection can be very hard to assess because small foundation cracks are usually not visible. Look at the drainage pattern on the exterior of your home. Are your gutters clean from debris or leaves? Are your drain spouts in place? Start by removing all the debris in your gutters to redirect the water away from the foundation. Water can accumulate around the home causing potential foundation damage. Our team of professionals can install a drainage system to divert the draining water.

Sloping lawns and shifting soil can also cause settling foundation and structural repairs. A downward slope can cause poor drainage resulting to water pools. Professional waterproofing contractors can install an interior or exterior drainage system into the ground away from the foundation. For shifting soil, they can support your foundation beneath your home. Our service teams can be your foundation inspection and foundation failure providers.

Inspect Your Vegetation

To find out if your home needs foundation repairs, inspect the vegetation around your home. Your beautiful plants might be a pleasant sight to look at and cause an unpleasant disaster. Over time, they can destroy your foundation if they are closer than 20 feet of your home. The roots draw in water from the soil causing  soil shrinkage. This process damages the foundation. Also, make sure your trees and shrubs aren't adjacent to your property. Trees that are growing next to your foundation can also cause problems. Foundation contractors can inspect your foundation and prevent foundation failure.

Inspect All Water Leaks

Expanding soil can cause foundation failure. Check all the water sources in and around your home which include swimming pools, fountains, leaking pipes, and sprinkler systems. Make sure all water connections are secure from dripping faucets and condensation drip pipes. If they are not functioning properly, repair these problems as soon as possible.

By inspecting your home in these four areas, you can help stop further damage to your foundation. These inspection recommendations are to help you inspect your home's exterior. At My Foundation Repairs, we will make sure you receive free estimates if you think your home needs attention. We are your foundation inspection and foundation failure service provider.



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