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Your Spring Weather Basement Checklist

With spring comes the rain. While that may be a good thing for your yard, it may be bad for your basement. Spring means the return of severe weather, and if you are not prepared, it could spell disaster for your basement. Here are a few things to check before the spring showers come:

Check your gutters

Sometimes, the health of your basement depends on the health of your roof, more specifically, your gutters. Inspect your gutters to ensure they are all intact and unclogged. No doubt you did this in the fall but it never hurts to double check. Redirecting water away from your foundation is the name of the game.

Make sure downspouts are attached and directing water away from your house

The same idea applies to your downspout as it does to your gutters. Make sure water is being directed away from your house. Allowing water to pool near your foundation will break down your foundation, and the water will find the smallest of cracks to seep through.

Test your sump pump

We have talked before on this blog about how to test your sump pump and how to maintain it. Now is the time to put that to practice. During a storm is not when you want to find out that your sump pump isn’t working. Test it now and beat the rush if you do need it repaired.

Check your basement for any cracks

Now that the soil is thawing it will start to shift a bit. Inspect your basement for any new cracks that may have formed, or check on any existing cracks and make sure they are not getting bigger or expanding.

Spring does not have to be stressful for homeowners, and with a quick check you can ensure your basement stays dry. If you notice any issues with your basement, or if your basement has had flooding issues in the past, call us today for your free estimate.

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Concrete Foundation Warning Signs

If you notice changes in the concrete around your home, it could be a sign that your concrete foundation is in need of repair. Some changes in concrete to be aware of are:

– Concrete scaling – Concrete scaling is the loss of surface mortar
– Concrete spalling – Concrete spalling is easy to see as the concrete becomes rough and flaky
– Concrete cracks
– Concrete heaving
– Concrete shrinking

If you notice any of these changes with your concrete, it can also mean that your concrete foundation may be in need of repair, too. Your foundation concrete is not as obvious to see as the concrete surrounding your home. When the concrete surrounding your home is damaged, this can mean that the soil beneath your concrete along with beneath your foundation has shifted and moved. This shifting of the soil beneath both your concrete and foundation will also cause them to shift and move as well. Knowing if your concrete foundation is damaged, you need to look around your home for some of the signs that may indicate that the foundation has shifted and moved. Some of these signs are:

– Sloping floors
– Wall cracks
– Floor cracks
– Ceiling cracks
– Bowing or leaning walls
– Leaning chimney
– Sticking doors and windows

Any of these signs can mean that your foundation may be in need of repair. It is important that if you find any of these signs, to have an expert in foundation repair come and inspect your home and foundation.

What is Anchor Foundation Repair?

A foundation may need repaired if you have cracks in your foundation, windows and doors that do not close or fully lock, stair step cracks in brick lines, or the separation of caulk from the edges of windows and doors.

Soil and base types are very diverse.  Soils range from shallow clay, weathered and dry, to the hearty deep soils.   These soils vary including water holding capacity, acidity, depth and nutrient status. All of these properties can influence the potential for successful foundations.  Epp Concrete Construction will review your foundational issues and choose the proper repair tools for your specific needs.

There is a wide range of options for foundation repair.  Epp Concrete Construction has a skilled staff to review your particular issue and offer the best solution at the most reasonable price.  Business owners and homeowners should be aware of the signs that they may have a problem with their foundation. Some of these signs are:

  • Stair cracks
  • Leaning chimney
  • Sticking doors and windows
  • Cracks in walls
  • Cracks in floors
  • Drywall cracks
  • Stoop and porch settlement

 

Street Creep You Say?

In this blog, we’ll be discussing a term called Street Creep.  Never heard of it?  You’re not the only one.  The basic description, although each case can be complicated by a multitude of variables, is when gravity literally causes streets to move or slide toward a home over time.  When this happens, it pushes on a home’s foundation and can cause different issues or a combination such as bowing walls or cracks and consequent leaks in a home’s foundation.

In the document below you’ll see some additional information and diagrams demonstrating some of the more common scenarios of Street Creep.  The good news?  Epp Concrete can help.  Give us a call or shoot us an email.  We’d be happy to take a look and provide you with a free, no hassle estimate.

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How Clogged Gutters can Affect your Foundation

GutterAlthough you may not think about it, the state of your gutters can affect many other areas of your home, including your foundation. If your gutters do not function properly, it could pose a threat to the overall integrity and safety of your home, lower the property value, or lead to foundation repairs and water issues. The most common problem that homeowners face with their gutters is that they fail to drain or channel excess rain water far enough away from the home. If water is not able to travel through the gutter, it is most likely because the gutter has become clogged with leaves or debris. This is especially common in the autumn season when the trees are dropping their leaves. If you have clogged gutters often lead to costly foundation repairs that require extensive labor. Having your gutters regularly cleaned (at least once or twice a year) can prevent such problems from arising.

If your gutters have become clogged, it is important to understand and check for any other foundation problems that they may have caused. Overflowing water from clogged gutters will most likely end up pooling around your foundation. Over time, this excess water can lead to the erosion of soil around and underneath the foundation. The water could also leak directly into the basement through existing cracks in the foundation or basement walls, leading to multiple foundation issues, and water damage.

Erosion and pooling water around your foundation will weaken it, eventually causing foundation cracks or a shifting or settling foundation. These are serious problems that should be repaired as soon as possible by a professional foundation repair contractor. There are some telltale signs to look for when trying to determine if you have a settling foundation or sinking foundation. If you notice leaning walls or bowing walls in your home or in your basement, it is a good indicator that something is wrong with the foundation. Another quite obvious indicator may be foundation cracks, itself, wall cracks, or even ceiling cracks. Sticking windows and doors are another good sign that your foundation is in need of repair. Sometimes, a damaged foundation may even lead to a wet basement. If you find any of these problems with your foundation, contact Epp Concrete Construction for the expert service that you need to take care of all your foundation repair needs.

Epp Concrete offers a variety of foundation repair services to insure that your home is returned to normal in the shortest amount of time possible. The most common fix for most of the above problems is to raise the foundation back to it’s original position by a method called underpinning and then seal any cracks that may have formed in the foundation or walls. To do this, we use helical piers or steel push piers to support the foundation. These work by drilling into the stable soil underneath any voids that may have been caused by erosion or shifting soil. Then the weight of the house is transferred onto the helical pier or steel push pier and the house is raised to it’s original position. We also provide epoxy and polyurethane grout crack injection to fill any cracks that may have formed and insure that water does not leak through them and into your home.

Local Construction Methods Do Affect Your Foundation

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Foundation repair methods are often determined by local new construction building practices. Steel push piers are the predominate foundation repair methods for basement and crawlspace homes, whereas push piers and underpinning helical piers split in their use by foundation repair contractors for slab on grade homes.  As the article below, from the National Association of Home Builders, indicates home building practices varies greatly across the nation. As home building practices vary so do foundation repair methods. 54% of homes are built on concrete slabs, while 34% of homes are built with basements and 15% of homes are built with a crawl space.

http://eyeonhousing.org/2014/10/what-foundations-are-built-across-the-nation/

What Are Foundation Watering and Expansive Soils?

Expansive soils are known to be present in every US state and throughout the world. Every year expansive soils contribute to billions of dollars in damage to homes. In a typical year expansive soils cause greater financial loss to property owners than earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes combined. The proper design and care of your foundation is very important to preserving the integrity of your home.

Foundation watering through the use of soak-er hoses has become very important in an attempt to preserve the integrity of your home. Some clayey soils have the ability to shrink or expand at alarming rates, depending on the moisture content of the soil and weather patterns. The goal for proper foundation maintenance should be to maintain a consistent level of moisture in the soil thus eliminating swelling and shrinking of the soil that is supporting your foundation.

The Causes of Foundation Watering and Expansive Soil

If the soil around the exterior of the home becomes excessively dry, it will shrink leaving a gap between the soil and the foundation. These cracks allow additional evaporation and more cracking deeper in the soil. When heavy rains happen, these cracks allow excessive amounts of water to penetrate soil layers causing swelling of the clay soils that are intended to support the foundation. This rapid expansion can cause settlement, foundation cracking, drywall cracking and the need for foundation repairs.

Why are Epoxy or Polyurethane Injections a Better Option for Crack Repair?

Here’ some great information from our partner supplier, Earth Contact Products…

For foundation crack repair, epoxy and polyurethane injections are a better option than fixing your foundation cracks using an at-home repair kit. The EarthContact Products (ECP), epoxy and polyurethane injection resins are designed to seal cracks and eliminate water and air leaks from basement walls. The professionals at My Foundation Repair and Waterproofing can provide this effective permanent solution to leaking cracks.

Epoxy injection is used to weld cracked concrete walls back together, restoring the structural integrity of the wall. This epoxy permanently repairs cracks and creates a bond that becomes stronger than the original wall. These injections are done from the inside of the basement and is completed in just a few hours.

Polyurethane foam injection is ideal for filling wider cracks. The ECP polyurethane foams work for filling voids and sealing around pipes. Polyurethane foam injection is the best way to stop an active foundation wall leak. The expanding foam completely fills the crack and prevents future water leaks. The water will remain outside and will not be able to penetrate into the inside.

These epoxy and polyurethane foam products are much more heavy duty than the crack repair kits you can buy in the store. They are designed to be used by professionals to permanently repair foundation cracks. Getting your foundation crack repair done right the first time will save you money in the long run. Trying to repair foundation wall cracks and having it fail in a few years, will only make the matter worse. The cracks will not be fixed and can cause more damage than if a professional is called to do it right the first time. Don’t hesitate to contact My Foundation Repairs and Waterproofing to get a professional in to inspect your wall cracks and give you a permanent solution for your foundation wall cracks.

Pier and Beam Foundation Repairs

Model200-crawlspace2Pier and beam foundations, known as crawl space foundations, are a common type of foundation. For homes in the Texas, Florida, and Virginia region they are present in homes that are built prior to the 70’s. They are still being used today in many homes because they offer so many advantages. Compared to slab foundations, pier and beam foundations is less susceptible to damage from the ground shifting. But if the foundation needs repairing, the piers are easier to fix compared to slab foundations. Homes with pier and beam foundations have a crawl space underneath the living space to support the foundation. Continuous changes in the soil can have an impact on the foundation. Soil erosion, expansive clay, poor exterior water damage, excessive water, and exert pressure can lead to foundation cracks and settlement. At My Foundation Repair, we offer pier and beam foundation repairs if you notice ground shifting in your foundation.

Having a pier and beam foundation offers homeowners many advantages. Some of these benefits include:

Easy Accessible
If you have plumbing issues or electrical problems, you can locate these areas without any trouble. They are located under the house compared to under slab concrete.

Durable
If you need to remodel your home, having pier and beam foundation can make these additions easy to accomplish.

Cost Effective
Less expensive than slab foundation and basement repairs.

Energy Efficient
It is a natural insulator because it doesn’t need a lot of energy to maintain the temperature.

Comfortable Floors
The floors supported by piers and beam foundation are flexible and comfortable.

Signs Your Pier and Beam Foundation is Failing

Are you starting to notice cracked walls? Are doors hard to open and close? Your floors may even start to bulge. In addition, windows may be stuck and floors may sag. If you suspect signs of pier and beam foundation failure, look for signs in the interior and exterior of your home. Inspect your home for the following signs:

• Sinking foundation

• Bowing walls

 Cracks

• Sticking doors and windows

• Leaning walls

• Leaning chimney

• Slab cracks

• Settling foundation

• Garage cracks

Also, look inside your crawlspace for changes. Some crawl space signs may be cracks in the foundation, bowing walls, and tilting/leaning walls. Bad drainage and ground movement could cause doors and windows to get stuck or difficult to open. As your home settles, these cracks will become larger and more noticeable. Our team of professionals will inspect your pier and beam foundation and make the necessary foundation repairs.

Causes of Pier and Beam Foundation Failure

pier and beam foundation repairHot and dry weather conditions in Texas, Florida, and Virginia can cause soil to pull away from your foundation. This process can cause settlement due to moisture imbalance. The home’s interior and exterior may start to crack.

A process called transpiration may also take place which involves soil dehydration in the soil from tree roots. The soil may shrink and cause settlement in the home.

Plumbling leaks and poor drainage can lead to major foundation issues. Fix leaky pipes and make sure you have proper drainage. You can waterproof your home to eliminate poor drainage. Make sure your gutters are free from leaves and debris. Check all of your downspouts to make sure the water is redirected away from the foundation. 

Poor building site preparation involves soil removal from part of the lot. The soil must be properly compacted before your home is built. If it not,unexpected movement will occur beneath the foundation. At My Foundation Repairs, we will inspect your property to determine why you havefoundation failure and provide the best solutions to repair it.

Fixing Pier and Beam Foundations With Push Pier System

pier and beam foundation repairAt My Foundation Repair, we offer several foundation repair solutions. To repair pier and beam foundations we use the push pier system known as the steel push piers to lift your home’s structure. These type of piers are excellent for structural foundation repairs on settling foundations that are caused by organic soils, shrinking/swelling clays, soil erosion, and soil compaction. Push piers supports and stabilizes the structure’s load bearing walls. It transfers the weight of the structure from the least resistant soil onto the steel piers that are installed deep into the soil.

After installation, each push pier is load tested individually using the highest amount of weight. Push piers do not rely upon skin friction to produce support like other repair methods. It is one of the most common foundation repair methods used today.

If you start notice foundation issues in its early stages, then it is often less expensive to make repairs. Don’t wait to make these repairs. The problem will only get worst. Contact My Foundation Repairs for pier and beam foundation repairs. Our team of specialized contractors have many years of training with the highest quality of materials. Call us today!