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What the Cracks in Your Foundation and Walls Mean

clock October 22, 2013 11:23 by author
Homes with or without basements can develop wall cracks due to foundation issues. Contact a professional so they can determine if you need foundation repairs.

Common Foundation Cracks

Whether or not you have a basement, your home could be in danger of developing foundation or wall cracks. If your home is sinking or settling, you may find that cracks are beginning to form in the foundation. A sinking or settling foundation could cause cracks to form in the basement walls. Sometimes, voids form beneath your foundation, removing support from that part of the foundation and putting pressure on it. This causes the foundation to shift and crack. These voids often occur if the soil beneath the foundation was not properly compacted during construction of your home. They can also be formed by erosion or soil shrinkage in drought conditions. Soil expansion due to excess water can also cause cracks, as the more water the soil absorbs, the more the hydrostatic pressure builds up and puts stress on the foundation.

Foundation Crack Solutions, Wall Cracks, Foundation CracksNormally, cracks in your slab foundations indicate a settling or sinking foundation. If this is the case, the best solution is to use foundation underpinning methods to raise the foundation back to it's original position. The most common types of underpinning are done with steel push piers or helical piers. Both types of piers work in much the same way; they are driven into stable soil deep in the ground and the weight of the structure is transferred onto them. The main difference between these two types of piers is that while steel push piers are merely driven into the ground, helical piers are screwed in to provide a bit of extra stability. Other methods to fix slab cracks could be to fill the voids beneath the foundation by pressure grouting. This will stabilize your foundation and prevent more cracks from forming. If these methods do not completely close the cracks in your foundation, they can be filled or sealed with an epoxy or polyurethane grout.

Basement Wall Crack Repair Options

Basement wall cracks can also be a symptom of foundation failure. There are many different types of wall cracks, and different types indicate different foundation problems, usually bowing walls or settling foundations. Bowing walls are usually caused either by a settling foundation (especially if they are bowing outward), or by excess pressure from the soil around them. They can be fixed with the use of plate anchors or helical tiebacks, which provide lateral counter-pressure for bowing wall. If you find a wall crack in your basement walls, identify what type it is and contact a foundation repair contractor immediately to discuss repair options. The following list describes a variety of wall cracks and what they might mean.

  • Vertical - Settlement or Heaving
  • Horizontal - Bowing
  • Angled - Settlement
  • Angled and Horizontal - Bowing
  • Horizontal and Vertical - Bowing or Settlement
  • Converging in Center - Bowing or Settlement
  • Stair Step(usually in block or brick walls) - Settlement or Heaving
  • Wider at the Top - Side Settlement
  • Wider at the Bottom - Center Settlement

Cracks in your foundation or basement walls are an indication of serious foundation issues and should not be ignored. If you find a crack in your foundation, it could mean that your foundation is settling and needs to be repaired as soon as possible. Cracks in your basement walls most likely mean that you are suffering from either a sinking foundation or bowing walls. My Foundation Repairs can help connect you to a professional foundation repair contractor in your area.

 



Leaning Chimney Woes

clock October 1, 2013 05:11 by author
Do you have a tilting or leaning chimney? Hire a foundation repair expert to support and lift your chimney back into its original position.

It's Autumn, and many of us are wanting to use our fireplaces, but some of us can't because we have a leaning or tilting chimney. The problem is, this isn't the only problem you will have if you have a leaning chimney. A leaning chimney is dangerous to you and to your neighbors. It can also be a really bad thing for your foundation. If you notice that you have a leaning or tilting chimney it is a good idea to contact a foundation specialists. There are things that can be done to repair your chimney that are minimally evasive and will protect your family and neighbors from a falling chimney. 

Helical Piers

Earth Contact Products produces the very best helical piers on the market. What is a helical pier? Helical piers have been around a very long time actually. They came about in the early 1800's. They are underpinning devices designed to carry a load, and are excellent to use when support has broken down beneath your foundation, or in this case, your chimney. A helical pier or two can be installed below your leaning chimney to provide support and lift the chimney back into its original position. This device is designed to be long lasting. 

 

If you notice your chimney is leaning, and important point to make is that this is not DIY fix it job. It is important to realize that if it is not fixed, or isn't fixed correctly, it can cause ill effects on the rest of your foundation. It can put extra strain on parts of your foundation which can cause bowing and leaning walls, wall cracks or foundation cracks. If you notice any these signs, myfoundationrepairs.com can point you in the right direction of a foundation specialist near you. We have a network of foundation specialists in many areas throughout the country. 

 

Earth Contact Products offers other solutions as well if you do notice bowing and leaning walls in your home. Plate anchors or wall anchors can be installed to stabilize, support, and straighten bowing and leaning walls. They are economical, and can be installed without causing too much disturbance to the yard around your foundation. 

 

So enjoy the Autumn and Winter months with your fireplace, not that you know your leaning or tilting chimney can easily be fixed with helical piers, you can look forward to a cozy season! So don't put it off. Get in touch with your local foundation team today and get started on fixing your chimney today.



Foundation Repair Solutions for You

clock September 30, 2013 11:25 by author
We have the foundation repair solutions to restore your bowing walls due to foundation settlement.

Foundation Repair Solutions

When faced with a foundation problem, it can be overwhelming to look at all the possible solutions. You might be tempted to ignore all the confusing terms and attempt to solve the issue on your own, but in order to truly solve the problem, it is vital to contact an expert right away. They will present you with some solutions that can service your foundation repair needs and prevent any future damage. 

Foundation Repair Options

Professionals have a wide variety of foundation repair options. They offer anything from helical piers to plate anchors to stabilize your foundation, and many in between. In order to understand the solutions, it is important to understand the problem. Foundation problems are caused by a multitude of factors, including bad drainage, ground movement, and faulty construction. When the temperature and moisture levels in the soil change, the ground under and around your home sinks and shifts. A sinking or settling foundation is a hazard to both your family and your home. Foundation issues can dramatically decrease the value of your home, and create a health hazard that threatens the safety of you and your family. When looking for signs of foundation trouble, keep an eye out for some common problems. Usually, bowing, leaning, or cracked walls, a cracked foundation, a leaning chimney, slab cracks, garage cracks, or sticking windows and doors are signs that your foundation is settling. 

Luckily, foundation repair solutions are likely to completely resolve the problem and prevent any further damage. Helical piers, for example, are a common solution. They provide a quick, easy way to support your foundation and stabilize the area. Helical piers are easy to install and create little to no disturbance to the job site. When looking for a foundation solution for a new construction site or an old home, helical piers are always a great choice. 

Steel piers are more commonly used for problems caused by poor soil compaction and erosion. They provide an economical and permanent solution without having to rely on friction from the soil to support your home. These underpinning solutions are always tested during installation, so their safety is guaranteed. 

While helical and steel piers are used to support and stabilize the foundation, plate anchors are used to stabilize the walls. Cracked and bowing walls are stabilized during installation because plate anchors create enough supplemental lateral force to hold them in place. Again, plate anchors create little disturbance to the installation site and are and easy, economically friendly foundation repair option. 

Other solutions, such as retaining wall tiebacks and basement tieback anchors, are also used to stabilize and strengthen the foundation. Many foundation repair solutions provide immediate and permanent repair to the installation site, and will prevent future problems. Earth Contact Products provide "the very best" tools for foundation repair. This high quality equipment is affordable and guaranteed to last. 

When looking to repair a settling foundation, contact a professional right away. Ignoring the problem or attempting to repair it yourself can create more damage and bigger problems for the future. An expert would be more than happy to come assess your situation, give you an estimate, and provide you with the best solution. Let us help you find a specialist in your area! 



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