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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



The Cost of Foundation Repair

clock March 10, 2013 12:54 by author
There are several factors that influence the costs of foundation repair such as the size of the job, quality of material, and the complexity of the job.

Foundation Repair Cost

 

 

Quality of  Materials, Size & Complexity are All Factors In Foundation Repair Costs

Some foundations that are in need of attention do not require much repair work. They can be fixed more as a preventative measure than a reactionary one. If the foundation problem has been ignored, however, then costs quickly escalate because other issues tend to show up

While many foundation repair problems are alike, each one requires a customized solution to provide the best value and long term performance. Accepting anything less than a permanent customized solution is risking a less than permanent repair. We take pride in maing the costs of these repairs as clear and easy to understand as we possuibly can, our reputation relies upon it.

To assist you in deciding if one of our permanent solutions is right for you, our contractors provide free foundation repair quotes. Each quote includes an on-site inspection, professional assessment of your foundation problem and a detailed quote that we build with you for your home. To schedule a free quote, contact us today!

Foundation Repair Solutions

Settling problems of an older home will require a foundation engineer's expert opinion. For example, adding piers to stop further cracks in your foundation, without skilled advice, could cause the pressure to shift elsewhere creating a worsened situation. Costs will vary greatly depending on the problems and solutions recommended, but hiring an expert could save you money on hasty, unnecessary and expensive mistakes.

Underpinning is done using steel push piershelical piers, helical tieback anchors, and plate anchors. The products used by My Foundation Repair and Waterproofing are all made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading manufacturer of foundation repair and basement waterproofing products in the industry. Using an experienced professional that uses only the best products made, you can be assured that once the repair is done, it will last for many years to come. 

On average foundation repairs will cost between $6,000 and $12,000, depending on the problem and the right solution. Settling foundations tend to be the most costly, while leaning, bowing walls or cracked walls generally are less expensive. The key to not wasting money is in hiring experts that have the education, equipment and ethics required to permanently repair your home.



Keeping your Basement Dry as the Snow Melts

clock March 5, 2013 07:23 by author
An adequate waterproofing system will keep your basement dry as the snow melts.

Keeping Basement Dry During Thaw

 

 

 

After 18 months of severe drought in Kansas City we now have experienced two large snow storms and the moisture that galong with it.Keeping basement dry as the snow melts Homeowners across the metro area, especially Olathe, Overland Park and Leawood that recorded the highest snow totals, are facing the next issue of possbile basement flooding. While the possiblity of foundation repairs has not dissappeared most homeowners are going to be focused on basement flooding problems.

 

 

Repost from http://www.kmbz.com/Keeping-your-basement-dry-as-the-snow-melts/15715703

 

Is there anything you can do to stop your basement from leaking once all of the snow melts? Jeff Tully with My Foundation Repairs in Olathe says homeowners are in for some problems with the spring thaw, mostly because last summer's drought made deep cracks in the soil, allowing the water to get closer to the foundation. Because of the drought that we experienced, the soil beneath the foundation dried out losing cohesion and volume, and less able to support your home. Even when precipitation such as snow increases, the drought zapped the soil of moisture. This caused cracks to form in your foundation. As the thawing of snow happens, the cracks in the foundation take in water. 

If you basement has not been waterproofed, the winter months can be a problem. Because the ground is frozen, as the snow melts it accumulates near your home and seeps in through the cracked foundation caused by the severe drought. Then is the temperature suddenly drops, this water that has seeped into your foundation freezes, causing the cracks to grown even bigger. Calling the professionals at My Foundation Repair and Waterproofing can help you with your foundation repair and basement waterproofing needs.

Minimize the Snow Melt Impact

 
However, he says there are a few things that can still be done to minimize mother nature's impact.
"Getting the downspouts ten foot away from the house and getting the sub pump discharged ten foot away from the house will be the biggest thing and making sure that gutters are not clogged or blocked with ice," says Tulley.

Check that your sump pump hose does not have low spots where water can collect. The hose should flow away from your home freely. If it collects and freezes, your sump pump could stop working or even cause permanent damage to it. 

He says if your basement does start leaking it is always best to consult a professional.



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