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Understanding Piering Products

clock October 22, 2013 10:11 by author
Helical anchors and steel push piers can be used to repair settling or sinking foundations.

Foundation Underpinning Products

For homeowners, a sinking or settling foundation can be a frightening issue. If your foundation is settling, it could cause various problems to arise throughout the home. These problems include cracks in your floor, walls, or ceiling, bowing or leaning walls, uneven or sloped floors, sticking doors and windows, and more. These can be dangerous issues for you and your family. If you notice any of these common problems, contact a foundation repair contractor immediately to have the problem taken care of. My Foundation Repairs can help connect you to a professional foundation repair specialist in your area.

The most effective way to repair a sinking or settling foundation is with a process called underpinning. Underpinning is the use of a pier or anchor driven into the ground to stabilize the foundation. These piers minimize stress to keep your foundation sturdy and close any cracks that may have formed. There are a few different types of piers - each have certain advantages, and it is good to examine all of your options before deciding which is the best solution for you.

Piering Solutions for Settling Foundations

The first, most common type of pier is the steel push pier. These steel piers, also known as resistance piers or steel piles, are a great option for foundation problems that arise from poor soil compaction, soil shrinkage, erosion, or improper footer embedment. Unlike concrete piers, steel push piers are end-bearing piers and do not rely on skin friction to provide support. During the installation process, they are individually load tested to ensure safety. They are driven into stable soil beneath your sinking foundation, and the weight of the structure is transferred onto the pier so that it can be lifted back to it's original level.

The next type of pier is a helical pier. Helical piers work in much the same way as steel push piers. The main difference is that instead of merely being driven into the ground, helical piers are screwed in to provide even more support. Once they have been screwed into the stable soil under the layer of active, shifting soil beneath your foundation, the structure's weight is transferred onto them and it is raised to it's original position. Helical piers are reliable enough to support your home for a long time to come. They also have a high load bearing capacity, making them the ideal choice to support your home. Helical piers can also be used in new construction instead of old fashioned concrete piers; this will help protect your home against future foundation problems. Also, helical piers are easy and quick to install in any type of weather, meaning that they are an efficient choice for your foundation repair needs.

Other types of underpinning and piering products include slab piers, resistance piers, and micropiles, all of which work in a similar fashion to steel push piers and helical piers. ECP (Earth Contact Products) offers reliable piering products for any foundation repair situation. If you notice the symptoms of a sinking or settling foundation, do not hesitate - let My Foundation Repairs help you get in contact with a professional foundation repair contractor right away!

 



Be on the Lookout: Causes of Foundation Failure

clock October 1, 2013 06:52 by author
If you suspect your home has foundation failure, call a professional immediately. They have the knowledge and equipment to repair your foundation.

Foundation Settlement

The foundation of your home is the most important part of your home's structure. It is the base of your home. The frustration of foundation problems for a homeowner could be endless and financially draining if not properly addressed by a professional in the foundation repair business. The causes and signs of foundation failure are many. Homeowners need to be aware of what to look for and a professional in the business can find out what the cause is.

Focusing on the causes is important and can help the experts determine the best solutions to your foundation repair needs. Water is the leading cause of concrete foundation failure. The evaporation of soil can cause it to pull away from the foundation while excess moisture from drainage problems washes the soil away from the foundation. Improperly prepared soil when the home was being constructed can cause the soil to shift. The roots of mature trees that are close to your home can draw moisture from the soil beneath your foundation.

Steel push piers are also commonly known also as micro piles, push piers, or resistance piers. Unlike concrete cylinders, these end-bearing piers do not rely on or require skin friction to produce support. Helical piers are used when there is a need to resist both tension and compression forces. Helical piers can be installed in all weather conditions, there is little to no disturbance to landscaping, and they can be installed below active soils. 

The warning signs of a foundation that has settled can be seen both inside and outside of your home. By looking for these signs and catching them early, can reduce further damage and save money in the long run. What to look for in the interior of your home: Cracks from the corners of interior walls, doors and windows that get stuck or don't open or close properly, warped or cracked floors. What to look for on the exterior of your home: Cracked bricks, shifting of walls, cracks in the foundation, separation of concrete around doors and windows or garage doors.

Earth Concrete Products (ECP) is the leading manufacturer of foundation and basement waterproofing products in the industry. Steel push piers and helical piers as well as plate anchors and wall anchors are some of the most commonly used solutions for foundation failure and foundation problems in our industry. 

ECP also offers carbon fiber repair. The bowing wall laminate and bowing wall fabric that can be installed to counteract the soil pressure placed on basement walls. Carbon fiber fabric is used over basement wall cracks to provide more strength to the cracked area. Floor stitching is a fiber stitching system used to bridge shear forces that cause cracks in floor slabs.

Protect your investment. Look for foundation failure signs both on the interior and exterior of your home. If you suspect that your foundation is in need of repair, call a professional. They have the knowledge and equipment to repair any of your foundation repair needs. 



Foundation Problems as Drought Continues

clock February 14, 2013 07:13 by author
The weather conditions in Kansas City can affect your home's foundation by causing settlement. Protect your home by hiring a professional to install ECP helical piers.

Foundation Settlement in Kansas City

 

 

 

Foundation repair, helical piers, steel push piers, ECP

The severe drought in the Midwest is effecting many homeowners that are forced to repair damage to their homes' foundations. Local foundation repair companies and structural engineers can't keep up with the torrent of phone calls and waiting list extend for several weeks just to get an inspection or quote. The culprit is the clay soils throughout Kansas and Missouri that becomes baked by months of dry weather. The soils act much like a sponge, as they dry out the shrink and pull away from the foundation and as they get wet they seem to grow and expand moving the homes' foundation.

When a home's foundation cracks and shifts, problems manifest themselves on the upper levels of the home with jammed doors and windows along with cracks in drywall. No style or design of a home can hide from these forces, nor are they spared from foundation repairs. "We're seeing a lot more settlement issues across the board, from stone foundations in Brookside to new foundations in the suburbs", says Joe LaGue of Olson Foundation Repair in Olathe, Ks. The phone calls are coming from all across the Midwest, calling about cracks and settlement in their foundations. Homes with larger trees that are close to the home are more vulnerable to soils drying out around the foundation. The trees are using every last bit of the moisture in the clay soil trying to stay alive. The trees are competing with the foundation for moisture and the trees are winning.

The drought started in September of 2011 int he Kansas City area and it continues in the first quarter of 2013 with not real relief in site. Earth Contact Products, a leading manufacturer and national distributor of foundation repair products based in the Kansas City area has seen dramatic growth during the severe drought. They have seen the drought expand from Texas up through Oklahoma and Kansas and then eastward through St. Louis, Chicago and Indianapolis. According to ECP, this drought has created over two years worth of work for foundation repair contractors throughout the Midwest.

Foundation Settlement Solutions

 

The dry conditions are even more damaging when they reach below the deep footings below basement or crawlspace walls. Once a foundation has significant settlement the only way to solve the problem is to push it back up. The product of choice in much of the Midwest and especially in the Kansas City area is with steel push piers. These steel piers are driven deeply, well beyond the soils that are affected by moisture fluctuations, providing a good base to lift basement or crawlspace walls. ECP, the leading steel push pier manufacturer, provides foundation repair contractors with several types of push piers. From concentric resistance piers, where the steel bracket and pile is placed directly below the foundation walls to eccentric push piers that are place on the side of the footing. Both styles are highly effective in pushing foundations upward, but must be designed by a foundation repair expert based on the needs of the individual structure.

During foundation repair, underpinning strengthens and stabilizes the foundation. Underpinning is accomplished by extending the foundation in depth so it rests on more stable soil stratum or distributes its load across a greater area. ECP has developed and patented several types of piling systems. With the professionals and the best products available, you will be assured that your foundation repair is done right and you will have peace of mind that it is stable. 



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