Category Archives: Foundation Repair
Concrete Leveling and Lifting with Earth Contact Products
Polyjacking.com, a division of Pro Foundation Technology, specializes in lifting and leveling concrete foundations and slabs. One common technique in foundation repair is to utilize piers to lift and stabilize a damaged foundation. Because we want the repair to be permanent, we use only the highest-quality foundation piers in the industry, those manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP).
ECP is the undisputed highest-quality manufacturer of foundation repair and related products in the United States. In addition, their products are offered at competitive prices and have a 25-year warranty.
Why Earth Contact Products are the Best
Earth Contact Products (ECP), founded in 1998 in Olathe, Kansas, has a very simple mission – “To be the very best manufacturer in our industry by providing quality products and services in a timely manner at a competitive price.” Following are some of the reasons why ECP products are considered the best foundation repair products in the industry.
All ECP products are “Made in the USA” with American materials and labor. Some companies use materials and products manufactured offshore in order to cut costs. They have often found that cutting costs means compromising quality. All of ECP’s products are manufactured right here in Kansas because they have found it’s the best way to assure they use the highest quality materials and labor in their manufactured products.
ECP maintains a close relationship with its foundation repair customers in order to understand their needs and ways to improve their products. The ECP Engineering Department is constantly working to provide innovation in its products and how they are manufactured and have been awarded patents and trademarks on more than 18 items.
ECP maintains a large inventory of foundation repair products to meet the requirements of each project and guarantee fast delivery. If a special part is required, they also manufacture custom-made products upon request.
Outstanding Customer Service
ECP understands that Polyjacking.com and their other professional foundation repair customers rely upon their their products and services in order to provide end customers high-quality and long-lasting repairs. They have a reputation for providing equipment in a timely manner and being responsive to unique situations.
ECP stands firmly behind the quality of their products, and they all have a 25-year warranty against defects.
ECP Piers for Foundation Repairs
ECP is one of the largest manufacturers of piers for foundation repairs. They produce basically two types of piers, steel push piers and helical piers. Both kinds of piers are driven into the ground and anchored to your home in order to lift and stabilize the structure. Because both the products and installation are the highest quality, this type of repair is permanent. You won’t need to call us back in a year to redo the work on your home’s foundation.
Push piers are hydraulically driven through ECP’s patented steel brackets until they reach load-bearing rocks or soil. They have an unlimited structure lifting capability can be installed with portable equipment, so that we won’t need to bring in heavy machinery or tear up your landscape. Polyjacking.com can install these push piers any time of year so that you have the ability to can respond quickly as soon as you need to do the repair. Another advantage of push piers is that they can be installed from either the inside or outside the structure, depending on the circumstances.
Like push piers, ECP’s helical piers are hydraulically installed and anchored to a steel bracket. Unlike push piers, helical piers are screwed into the ground while the plates pull the support rod into the ground. Before work is begun, installers will predetermine the torque required to support the weight of the structure. Helical piers are ideal for lighter weight applications, such as decks and porches. They are also very quick and easy to install.
ECP CUSTOM SOLUTIONS
ECP’s complete line of products offers optimal solutions to residential, commercial or industrial deep foundation problems. They have over 95,000 square feet in their manufacturing facility, including robotic welding, computer numerical control (CNC) capabilities, and certified welders. They have the capability to create custom-made products for specific foundation repairs.
ECP maintains a national network of foundation repair contractors with the knowledge, training, and experience to do foundation underpinning according to your local building codes. Customers can call from anywhere in the country and be referred to a local ECP foundation repair professional.
POLYJACKING.COM IS PROUD TO PARTNER WITH ECP
When you contact Polyjacking.com for foundation lifting and leveling, you can count on the fact that we use only the finest ECP products for your foundation repairs. For further information, contact us today for a free estimate!
Historic Building Foundations
Reasons for Foundation Failure in Historic Buildings
Historic buildings, like all buildings, often develop problems with a foundation that is sinking or become unleveled over time. There are some special consideration in restoring historic building foundations. Older buildings are particularly prone to foundation failure for a number of reasons.
Unstable soils – After a period of time, soils beneath and surrounding a foundation may become more compacted, shift, or develop gaps. This may be caused by flooding, removal or addition of trees and landscaping features, or years of changing soil moisture and freezing/thawing patterns.
Improper water drainage – At times, historic buildings are built on old creek beds or new flood plains. Construction on adjacent properties or parking lots may have altered the flow of water toward the property. Over time, even weather patterns may require installation of better interior and exterior water drainage systems to prevent foundation damage.
Foundation materials – Many older foundations are built from bricks or stones with mortar that deteriorates over time or develop cracks allowing water to leak and damage the foundation.
Dirt floors – Often older foundations have dirt floors that are more likely to allow water to enter the basement and cause further damage to the foundation.
Signs of Foundation Failure at a Historic Property
Historic properties, like all properties, often display classic signs of foundation failure:
- collapsed masonry walls
- sloping floors
- cracks in walls, floors, or ceilings
- misaligned doors and windows
Because historic buildings may be somewhat fragile and have historical value, it is particularly important that you hire a foundation contractor with an established record working on historic buildings.
Overall Guidelines for Restoring a Historic Building
Whenever a historic building requires restoration, there are certain standards which must be followed:
- Retain Original Function – The property must be used in its original function or be given a new use which reflects its original period.
- Retain Original Design and Features – Materials, features, spaces, and spatial relationships from the property’s period will be kept and preserved.
- Retain Original Appearance – Work to stabilize and conserve the property will be physically and visually compatible with the restoration period and documented for future research.
- Use Original Materials – Materials, features, and finishes characteristic from other historical periods will be documented prior to their alteration or removal.
- Use Original Craftsmanship – Distinctive materials, features, finishes, construction techniques, and craftsmanship of the restoration period will be preserved.
- Repair, Don’t Replace – Deteriorated features from the restoration period will be repaired rather than replaced. If a feature is replaced, it will match the old in design, color, texture, and, where possible, materials.
- Document Changes – Replacement of missing features will be documented to preserve the original history of the property.
- Prevent Damage to Materials – Chemical or physical treatments will be implemented in the gentlest means possible to prevent damage to historic materials.
- Protect Archeological Resources – Archeological resources affected by a project will be protected and preserved in place with as little change as possible.
- Protect Original Design – Designs that were never implemented during the restoration period will not be constructed.
Considerations When Restoring a Historic Foundation
Below are some of the key steps you should undertake when hiring a contractor to repair or replace the foundation on your historic structure.
Hire a Structural Engineer – It’s always a good idea to hire a structural engineer who specializes in historic building foundations or has some building experience with historic homes to determine how much of your foundation needs to be replaced. A structural engineer will determine the underlying issues and best solution to repair the foundation and resolve the problem.
Document the Details – Before doing foundation repair or any restoration on a historic building, it is important to document as many details as possible. Take pictures, do measurements, and write down details of everything you observe. This will ensure that the new foundation will look exactly like the old one.
Hire an Experience Foundation Contractor – Especially with a historic property, it is essential to hire an experienced foundation contractor to restore the foundation. They will know and follow the restoration guidelines and will make certain that you have the necessary insurance and permit. Because of their experience, they will have knowledge of historic materials and techniques and take extra precautions so that none of the structure collapses or experiences further damage. Polyjacking.com has been a family owned and operated business since 1978 and has an outstanding reputation in restoring foundations of both residential and commercial structures, including historic ones.
Choose Matching Materials – Often older structures will have a brick or stone foundation, so you want to salvage as many of the original bricks or stones as possible. Even if you replace the original foundation with a concrete one, you can do masonry on the outside to make the new foundation look like the original.
Waterproof the New Basement – As long as you are replacing the foundation, you might want a contractor to place drainage tiles along the perimeter of the foundation to waterproof the basement. Polyjacking.com’s parent company, Pro Foundation Technology does basement waterproofing.
Consider Related Projects – If you have an old staircase in the basement that cannot be used, hire someone to build a new one. It’s also a good time to check and replace any outdated electrical, plumbing, or drainage systems. Replacing the soil around the foundation with a quality black topsoil and grading it to a five-degree angle away from the foundation will to provide good exterior drainage.
Why Polyjacking.com is Best for Historic Foundations
There are several compelling reasons why Polyjacking,com would be a first choice to lift, level, and restore a historic foundation:
- Professional Experience – Polyjacking.com has professional experience lifting and leveling historic building foundations, including the historic Memorial Union at the University of Missouri and the 200-year-old Belle Meade Mansion in Nashville, TN.
- Ground Penetrating Radar – Polyjacking.com uses ground penetrating radar (GPR) to detect holes and voids beneath historic foundations.
- Hole and Void Repair – The polyjacking process fills in holes and voids beneath historic foundations, providing a strong and long-lasting solution without doing excavation.
- Quality Products – Polyjacking.com uses on the finest materials from Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading US-manufacturer of foundation repair products.
- Quality Service – Polyjacking.com has an A+ rating with the BBB and has been awarded for super service by Angie’s List.
Contact Polyjacking.com Today!
The professionals at Polyjacking.com are experienced at lifting and leveling historic structures. We appreciate the extra considerations in working on a historic site and make the extra effort to preserve and protect its integrity. Whether you have a historic structure or are making history with a newer one, contact us today.
Built in 1807 by John Harding, the historic Belle Meade Plantation developed into a 400 acre thoroughbred horse farm with its own train station, horse park, Greek-revival mansion, and housing for servants and former slaves. Today Belle Meade Plantation includes 34 acres of its original property and several buildings, including the mansion and several outbuildings. It functions now as an educational resource dedicated to preserving Tennessee’s Victorian architecture, history, and equestrian lifestyle. Visitors can tour the buildings, shop, dine, taste wine, and enjoy special events held at this historic plantation. See their website at http://bellemeadeplantation.com/.
Belle Meade Mansion
The Belle Meade Plantation mansion began as a two story Federal-style home, built in the 1820s with red bricks on a limestone foundation. On each side was a one-story wing. In the 1840’s, William Giles Harding made additions to the original home and updated the style to Greek-Revival. The mansion features three floors with ceiling heights of fourteen feet on the lower two floors and eight feet on the top floor. It also contains a central hallway that extends through the three levels and a circular, cantilevered staircase with empire style spirals carved from cherry. Throughout the home are palladium wall niches for holding lamps at night. The home contains bedrooms for family members and guests as well as servant’s quarters.
Foundation Problems at Belle Meade Mansion
The limestone foundation at Belle Meade was having issues common at many older homes. It was sinking into the soil beneath it. After many years, rainwater had caused hydrostatic (water) pressure, creating cracks and water seepage in the walls and floor of the foundation. Heavy rains also caused water to seep beneath the foundation, and continued freezing and thawing had caused the soil to expand and contract, creating sinking and voids in the ground beneath the structure.
Because of the sinking and leaning walls in the foundation, it could no longer provide adequate support to the structure about it. Signs of foundation failure included sloping and uneven floors in many rooms of the old mansion. Because of the age and historic value of the building, the preservers of the property knew they couldn’t hire just anyone to restore the 200-year-old foundation without damaging the above structure.
Polyjacking Restores the Mansion’s Sinking Foundation
Because of their reputation for doing outstanding foundation repair, including work on prior historic buildings, the management of Belle Meade Plantation did not hesitate to contact Pro Foundation Technology and their division, Polyjacking.com, from Kansas City. PFT and Polyjacking.com have more than 30 years of experience doing waterproofing, concrete, and foundation repair in Kansas City and throughout Kansas and Missouri. They use the highest-quality products from US manufacturer, Earth Contact Products (ECP) and have won recent recognition from HomeAdvisor for their quality service and workmanship.
Polyjacking.com made three trips to the historic mansion and were able to lift the sinking foundation and repair the underlying structure through the following steps:
- Using ground penetrating radar to detect voids, holes, underground structures, utilities, and other objects beneath the foundation
- Drilling small holes in the foundation floor in preparation for polyjacking
- Filling the voids beneath the foundation with polyurethane foam that expands into the voids and stabilizes the soil beneath the foundation
Not only were they able to lift and level the foundation without messy external excavation, they caused minimal disruption to the operations at the plantation and caused no additional damage to the structure or its contents. Belle Meade Mansion is restored to its former glory, is supported by a stronger foundation, is more structurally sound, and will last for many years to come.
Contact Polyjacking.com for Foundation Repair
No matter if your home is over 200 years old or less than 20 years old, Polyjacking.com can lift and restore its foundation both quickly and cost-effectively so that it is better than new. Contact Polyjacking.com today!
Top 8 Warning Signs of Foundation Problems
It is very common for homes to develop foundation issues at some point in their life. Right after construction, all homes have some degree of natural settling. Eventually water leaks, changes in soil, hydrostatic pressure, and many other factors contribute to foundation problems. Following is a list of the top 8 warning signs that your home or a home you are about to purchase has foundation problems. Contact Polyjacking.com if you see any of these warning signs.
If your basement floor is wet or your basement walls are leaking water, it is important to address the cracks. Sometimes these leaks are a sign of more serious problems to your homes foundation. Over time, the soil beneath your foundation may settle and cause the foundation itself to sink or shift. Too much change may lead to severe cracks, water damage, and foundation failure.
Uneven or Sloping Floors
If the floors in your basement or inside your home are uneven, it is a sure sign you have foundation problems. It is likely that some portion of the foundation floor has sunk deeper into the soil or that a foundation wall is leaning or bowing. These are both serious issues that require foundation repair.
Cracks in Floors
It is not uncommon for floors to develop small cracks shortly after construction due to natural settling. Cracks which continue to expand or leak water should be address as soon as possible. Some cracks can be filled before they develop too much water damage. If cracks are due to shifting the soil underneath the foundation, the concrete slab may require additional lifting or leveling.
Cracks in Walls or Ceilings
Most homes will develop small cracks in the walls after construction due to natural settling. If cracks continue to become larger or leak, they should be filled before further problems develop. If cracks are horizontal, stair-stepping, or widening quickly, it may be a sign of that the foundation needs to be repaired or replaced.
Bowing or Bulging Walls
Some soils, especially clay soils, have a tendency to expand and contract depending upon moisture content. If foundation walls are leaning, bowing or bulging, that is a sure sign that there is too much hydrostatic pressure from the exterior soil. This a certain sign that the foundation needs some sort of reinforcement before it fails.
Sticky Doors and Windows
When doors and windows don’t open or close properly, it is usually due to a shift in the frame and surrounding wall or floor. Usually you will find that there are cracks in the caulking area around the frame that may get wider or spread. This is a certain sign that the foundation is settling or sinking unevenly and should be repaired before it gets worse.
Gaps in Doors, Windows and Garage Doors
Gaps around doors, windows and garage doors also indicate foundation issues. They are caused when the foundation floor begins to sink or become uneven or when the walls themselves begin to lean or rotate. Besides the fact that you don’t want cold or hot air leaking through gaps, it is an indicator that the foundation should be checked and repaired.
When your outside chimney is leaning, that is a certain sign of a foundation problem. Most likely the soil beneath the chimney is not supporting the chimney uniformly causing is to lean. This indicates that the foundation beneath the chimney needs additional support or repair.
What if you have warning signs?
If you have one or more of the above 8 warning signs of foundation problems, it is important that you contact a foundation repair specialist immediately. Many of these problems are caused by a settling or sinking foundation. Polyjacking.com is the area specialist in lifting and leveling concrete foundations. Contact us for a free consultation and estimate for repair your problem foundation.
The Importance of Foamjacking in Kansas City
Groundwater, erosion and soil decomposition can cause your foundation to break down and settle. If you notice your sidewalks, driveways, walkways, patios are in need of leveling, foamjacking is one of the best ways of achieving this. The life of your concrete structure is extended at a fraction of the cost of replacing these structures.
Foamjacking, also called polyjacking, is an economical repair process for fixing settled and unstable concrete. From small projects to big projects, foamjacking is economical, fast and effective for correcting these settlement and instability issues.
Foamjacking uses a polyurethane foam that is injected under the slab and this foam expands immediately filling any voids under the surface of the slab, raising it back to a level position. A small 5/8” hole is drilled and special equipment is used to inject the high-density polyurethane. This is a cleaner process than most concrete leveling systems. The injection equipment is directly connected to the slab or structure and the seals engage when not injecting the material, so nothing spills onto the area. The drilling is mess-free due to the small size of the hole that is drilled. Polyurethane is also environmentally safe.
Because it is the quietest and fastest process for concrete leveling, foamjacking is less disruptive. Vehicle and foot traffic can resume immediately after work is completed. Polyurethane is a lightweight material, only adding 3-5 pounds per cubic foot to the sub base, therefore, it reduces the chances of resettlement of the underlying soils. Foamjacking, using this high-density polyurethane is waterproof, so the treated area is thoroughly undersealed.
Foamjacking is a good solution for:
- Large, heavy slabs
- Areas where cleanliness is important
- Sensitive or expensive surfaces
- Load sensitive areas
- Isolated sites
- Pavement Lifting/Leveling/Undersealing
- Soil Stabilization
- Infrastructure Repair
- Void Filling
- Road leveling
- Airport Runway Leveling
- Sidewalk Leveling
- Abandoned Sewer Line Void Filling
- Warehouse Floor Leveling
- Manhole Leak Repair
- Curb Leveling
Polyjacking.com has been in business since 1978 and is family owned and operated. Our experts are experienced in high-density polyurethane concrete leveling. Because of its economical, fast and effective method of leveling concrete, we recommend foamjacking for any your concrete leveling needs. Contact us today for a free price quote.