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Summer heat keeping foundation repair companies busy

clock July 16, 2013 04:26 by author
Hot weather conditions cause dry soil to pull away from the home's foundation. This leads to settlement issues and cracking due to the lack of soil moisture.

 

In a recent online article by Andrew Chung of KVUE he described how the start of hot weather brings on foundation problems for many homeowners in Texas and throughout the Midwest. It’s a cycle of weather that all homeowners must deal with as the soil dries out and their homes start settling.

In Pflugerville, Texas workers stabilized the foundation of Debby Krueger’s home by installing piers and lifting a section of her home. Inside her home, a crack on her bedroom wall is evidence of a foundation issue. 

Krueger says she's one of the luckier homeowners. Her foundation problems are minor compared to others.  "My doors - you can see there was a little bit of change at the doors, but I've never had 'em stick - but my neighbors did,” she said.

Mrs. Krueger, like many homeowners is getting ready to sell her home.  "They kind of said on a level that my house is not that bad, but because of people wanting to get loans for houses, you know, you have to be sure that you have that fixed,” she explained.

Enrique Comparan is a co-owner of the Foundation Repair Company working on her home. He said the front of Krueger's home was fine but the rear had to be supported.  "If you put it on (a scale)1 to 10 in her case, we're talking about like 3, 4, you know...she's taking care of her issue on an early, early time, which is good," he explained. By taking care of the problem in the early stages homeowners can save money compared to waiting and having more structural damage occur.

Foundation repair contractors in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri are getting more calls during the summer months to repair foundation problems.  Once the temperature starts moving upward the soils dry out and homes sink. As the temperature reaches 100 degrees the soil loses moisture very quickly and homeowners see cracking and settling issues arise.

Comparan said when some homeowners start seeing problems, they tend to water the ground next to the foundation, which isn't a good idea.  "What they'll do is they'll crank out the soaker hose for a few hours every day until the house basically heaves slightly, and closes the crack or makes that door work properly again, and then they think they solved the problem." He said that's when they stop watering on a regular basis - and the problem just comes right back.

After the workers put in high quality piering systems, most recommend customers not use soaker hoses to water their foundations. Simon Wallace, who is the owner of Quality Foundation Repair, agrees soaker hoses are not the way to go.  "The soaker hose is like a band-aid.  It's not really repairing the actual problem with the home," he said.

To keep your house from deteriorating to this point, experts recommend you maintain healthy landscaping that comes right up to the foundation - and water that landscaping regularly - within your city's rules.

"We actually recommend putting in a moisture barrier around the perimeter to stop the sun baking that soil around the perimeter of the slab, and that will control the moisture level and keep the foundation stable," said Wallace.  He also said it’s a good idea to make sure your home’s gutter system directs water away from the foundation.

The summer heat is keeping foundation repair companies busy, but once they're done with their work, they provide a warranty to prevent that sinking feeling.

 

Foundation of article provided by Andrew Chung http://www.kvue.com/news/Drought-keeping-foundation-repair-companies-busy-215462051.html



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.



Fixing Florida's Sinkhole Problem

clock March 14, 2013 02:17 by author
Sinkholes are a common problem in Florida that require immediate attention. Call a professional if your home has foundation issues due to sinkhole activity.

Florida Sinkhole Repair

Sinkhole repair, foundation repairIn the news we have all heard of the horrific and tragic sink hole in Seffner, Florida. But many do not understand what the cause of these formations or what can be done about them. Foundation repair techniques have been developed over the years that successfully deals with these sink holes. Well trained professional companies like Foundation Services of Central Florida have the equipment, foundation repair products and training to step in and assist you with your sinkhole problem. Foundation Services of Central Florida has become known as the foundation repair and sinkhole remediation experts of Central Florida. In northern Florida companies such as Foundation Professionals of Florida is the engineers choice for sinkhole remediation. Their experience and engineering background sets them apart from other sinkhole repair contractors in the area.

How Sinkholes Form

Sinkholes are a common feature of Florida's landscape. They are only one of many kinds of karst landforms, which include caves, disappearing streams, springs, and underground drainage systems, all of which occur in Florida. Karst is a generic term which refers to the characteristic terrain produced by erosional processes associated with the chemical weathering and dissolution of limestone or dolomite, the two most common carbonate rocks in Florida. Dissolution of carbonate rocks begins when they are exposed to acidic water. Most rainwater is slightly acidic and usually becomes more acidic as it moves through decaying plant debris.

Limestone in Florida are porous, allowing the acidic water to percolate through their strata, dissolving some limestone and carrying it away in solution. Over time, this continuous erosional process has created extensive underground voids and drainage systems in much of the carbonate rocks throughout the state. Collapse of overlying sediments into the underground cavities produces sinkholes.

When groundwater discharges from an underground drainage system, it is a spring, such as Wakulla Springs, Silver Springs, or Rainbow Springs. Sinkholes can occur in the beds of streams, sometimes taking all of the stream's flow, creating a disappearing stream. Dry caves are parts of karst drainage systems that are above the water table, such as Marianna Caverns. 

Other subterranean events can cause holes, depressions or subsidence of the land surface that may mimic sinkhole activity.  These include subsurface expansive clay or organic layers which compress as water is removed,  collapsed or broken sewer and drain pipes or broken septic tanks, improperly compacted soil after excavation work, and even buried trash, logs and other debris.  Often a depression is not verified by a licensed professional geologist or engineer to be a true sinkhole, and the cause of subsidence is not known.  Such events are called subsidence incidents.

 

Portions of this article were originally published March 03, 2013 Associated Press



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