On occasion, the ground and soil beneath your home or your business can become unstable, and when this happens your foundation can actually move or shift. This can wreak havoc on the rest of the structure above it. It is very common to see other problems start to occur when the foundation has begun to move or shift. Look for cracks in your foundation walls, your drywall, the floors, your garage column and slab, and your ceiling. Look for problems with your doors and windows. They might start to stick or be misaligned so they don't open or close properly. Watch your chimney as it may begin to lean or tilt, which is very dangerous for you and your neighbors. If you notice any of these problems, your foundation may be moving and shifting and you need help immediately. Use My Foundation Repairs as a resource to find the very best foundation repair specialist around the county, using the very best in foundation repair products in the industry from Earth Contact Products.
What causes the foundation to shift and move? The soil and earth around your foundation is in constant flux. Your home or business is built on soil and earth that is sometimes poorly compacted and wasn't prepared correctly prior to the structure being built. The weather where you live can also affect the soil around your foundation in a very big way. When it is very dry, the soil around your foundation will shrink away, taking support and stability with it. If too much water surrounds your foundation, the soil will become oversaturated, and a problem called hydrostatic pressure will occur. This pressure is exerted directly on foundation walls, basement walls, and crawlspace walls. The walls can be pushed in and cracking, shifting, and leaking can and will likely occur. Unstable soils are constantly putting your foundation at risk. As a home or business owner, you can do a few things to help. Make sure that your gutters and downspouts are moving water away from your structure. Make sure your yard stays moist but not oversaturated to prevent soil shrinkage. Obviously there are some factors that you can't do anything about. If your home was built over poorly compacted soil, you will need extra strength and stability added to your foundation. Our network of foundation repair experts can help you with solutions for your foundation that will give you that added stability you need.
Earth Contact Products produces many piering and underpinning solutions that have been proven to add the support and stability for foundations that have shifted or moved. Here are a few possible solutions for your shifting, moving foundation:
Helical Torque Anchors: Our engineers from around the country rely heavily on ECP Helical Torque Anchors. They are made for deep foundation support specifically. Shifting and unstable soils can put your home at risk, but these anchors can be installed to prevent the problems that arise form adjusting soil conditions. These anchors are hydraulically pushed into the ground to a length determined by the soil around your structure. They are easy to install, and can be installed in all types of weather. The capacity of the anchors can be verified so you have no worries after installation. The cost is kept low by these factors and the fact that portable equipment is used.
Steel Piers: Steel piers or push piers are the most common foundation repair tool in the underpinning world. They are sometimes called micropiles or resistance piers as well. They are the top choice by many professionals due there ability to support large capacities, the fact that you can field load test them, they have a large bearing surface, and are adjustable. They install deep into the load bearing stratum for long lasting results.
Whether using helical torque anchors or steel push piers, our network of professionals will surely find the solution that fits your needs. It is important to rely on foundation repair experts. Foundation shifting or movement can lead to foundation failure, so these types of repairs are as far from a do-it-yourself job as they could be. Contact us today to learn about how we can put you in touch with foundation experts and engineers in your area. They will be able to answer your question about the variety of underpinning and piering products available, and provide you with an inspection and estimate so you can be prepared. Any of these types of repairs are less expensive than the foundation repair cost for foundation failure. Protect your investment in your residential or commercial property and find a foundation repair expert today.
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