Anchor Foundation Repair


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Drainage Correction- A system in which the foundation is protected against excessive water damage. Depending upon the grade of the land at and around the foundation, a French drain or swale would be used to direct run-off. 

  • Ponding water can promote extreme foundation settlement when the soil stays excessively wet. 
  • Flooding or rushing water can cause serious damage by erosion of soil at/or under the structure. 
Root Barriers- A system in which the foundation is protected from migrating tree roots.  A special barrier system is installed between the foundation and each tree located within ten feet of the structure to promote root growth away from the structure. 
  • Tree roots tend to grow underneath foundations due to consistent moisture content of the soil under a structure. 
  • Tree root growth under a structure can create havoc to a foundation resulting in irreparable damage. 
Caulking of Exterior Seals - A Process used to seal window and door openings where leaks have occurred due to foundation settlement. Special care is taken in removing all old and deteriorated caulking from window and door openings, and is then replaced with rubberized silicone weather-resistant caulk.
  • When a structure settles and/or shifts, the veneer pulls away from window and door openings resulting in energy loss.
  • Separations in window and door openings also allows damage from outside elements and could contribute to serious damage to structural framework over a period of time. 
Mortar or Tuck-Pointing Brick - A process used to repair the mortar and improve the appearance of the brick veneer on the exterior of the home. Special masonry tools and skilled technicians are used to place and color match new mortar to damaged areas in the existing brick veneer. 
  • Structure settlement creates cracks on exterior walls in which mortar breaks away from the brick.
  • Cracked, broken and separated veneer should be repaired to restore the original beauty of the home. 
Pressure Checks- A service performed prior to and after repair. Prior to and after raising the structure, water supply line pressure readings are taken, using normal supply guidelines. 
  • Leaking water supply lines can cause pooling under the structure. 
  • Pooling water can create many foundation problems including but not limited to settling and slab fractures. 
Low Pressure Mud Pumping - A process used to fill the void beneath the foundation after raising/lifting the slab. A mechanical pump is used to pump a type of liquid concrete underneath the slab wherever necessary to fill any air pockets.
  • When the slab is raised less than two inches, this process is recommended to prevent any air pockets under the slab. 
  • When the slab is raised more than two inches, this process is required to insure stabilization of the slab caused by the raising or lifting process. 
Termite Shields- A system that is installed in pier and beam foundations to prevent termites.  Metal shields are placed between the pier and the floor system. 
  • Used to prevent migration of termites and other insects. 
  • Aids in the prevention of structural damage caused by termites, carpenter ants, etc. 
Interior Pier or Re-shimming - A process that is used in pier & beam foundations to raise interior floor levels, and make simple floor level adjustments.  Commonly used wood shims are replaced with high quality steel shims which are termite resistant. 

Shaker Sill- A 4" x 6" treated lumber that is placed perpendicular to the floor joist to stabilize the floor system in pier and beam foundations. 

Grade Beam - Perimeter load-bearing support of a structure. 

Pressed-Piling Pier - A pier system that is installed under the exterior grade beam of a structure for stabilization. The pier is placed directly under the grade beam of the structure using extreme pressure hydraulics and is driven straight down, as deep as necessary, to become embedded into solid strata and hold it securely in place. The press-piling pier will remain solid even with the excessive expansion and contraction of the soil around it.  It is highly recommended for its stability and strength in all types of soil. 

Double Eight Drilled Pier- A pier system that is used when "poured in place concrete piers" are required. The areas where pier placement is necessary, technicians dig holes, then drill shafts. Rebar is placed in the holes and the shafts are filled with wet concrete. 

  • This type of pier system is most favorable for use on wing walls and other areas where periodic adjustment may become necessary. 
  • In areas where stable soil is prominent, this type of pier system is optimal. 
Natural Position- The natural position of a structure is determined by LASER levels, floor levels, and where the brick, doors and windows were originally placed on the slab. 

Swale- A drainage problem correction. A gently dug ditch, planted with grass, that will guide problem water away from a structure's foundation. 

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