HOW TO REPAIR A SINKING FOUNDATION

The foundation of a house is one of the most structurally significant parts of the building. If a house is set on a solid foundation, the rest of the house has the support needed to maintain its integrity and last for decades. It can result in a lot oft problems if your house’s foundation is set improperly. One of the issue that can happen if a foundation is laid improperly or unstable soil is sinking foundation.Sinking foundations are problems that should be addressed and examined as soon as it is noticed to prevent further damage to the rest of the house.

How to Spot a Sinking Foundation

Apparently, if you observe your home gradually slanting to one side, you will probably be aware that you have some foundation problems. But there are a few symptoms of foundation problems that may not be noticed that will help you identify problems before your home starts to look like that popular tower in Italy.

Lookout for things like windows and doors becoming misaligned or jammed. Check for cracks in slabs, basements and on walls in the living areas of the house. If there are water puddles forming ardound the base of your home, this may also indicate foundation problems. Homeowners in regions where the soil is unstable should keep an even sharper eye out for such instances.

Sinking Foundation Repair

To fix a sinking foundation, the first step is to have your home checked out by a professional. Generally, a structural engineer is the person to hire to diagnose foundation issues and tell you what should be done about it. Usually, structural engineers don’t have a vested interest in the kind of repairs that is to be done, because this job is done by either a general contractor or a foundation specialist. This means that the structural engineer will be able to give you an accurate and unbiased assessment of the situation without any concern about monetary gain.

Once the exact problems are known, it is time to hire a contractor to do the work. You have to shop around and get different bids from several contractors and also have a look at their experience in such matters. Make sure to check references so as to know if the one you hire has done that type of work before with good results.

There are different methods used to fix a sinking foundation, and each is suitable in certain situations. High-pressure grouting can be used by injecting grout into an unstable soil in order to improve its integrity and also to lift up the structure of the house. Load-bearing piers can be used to lift and stabilize a sinking foundation, they are a permanent and economical solution to foundation problems in many instances. For more idea, read the post linked above, as recommended by a Saint Louis foundation repair practitioner.

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DRAINAGE SOLUTIONS FOR FLAT ROOFS

When water pools on a flat roof, it can cause problems such as popped nails, pulled away flashing, exposed railheads and the washing away of stone or gravel from the shingles. These could cause the roof to leak and it can severely damage the roof deck, the underlying structure and your interior finishing. If water leaks through the roof, it could also cause electric and fire hazards. This is not a good news and I’d recommend you proofer  an immediate solution or better still, hire an expert roofing contractor who will advice on which of the below steps will be best fitting for your situation.roofing contractor

The following are some flat roof drainage solutions available so as to avoid these problems.

Internal Drains

These drains are affordable drainage solution option that can tie into existing home drain systems. These include the installation of copper or aluminum inserts into the areas of the roof where water usually pools. Plumbing systems are usually attached to the drain inserts in order to guide the water outside the building through a sidewall. There should be pipes running down an inside wall and then hung under the roof decking through the rafters. This system must be installed by a licensed plumber for it to be effective.

Scupper Drains

These are  economical drain system which can be installed in low edge areas so as to reduce water pooling. They are galvanized drains that are attached to the roof edges, they work by guiding water from the roof edges down to the water downspouts.

Eavestrough Drainage

Though,  this is not commonly used anymore, it is a good option, if you have a commercial or an older large industrial flat roof. With this kind of drainage, drainage ditches are made in the roof in the lower insulated areas. The created ditches will guide water toward the eavestroughs.

Drainage Helpers

This is a great option if you already have a good flat roof drain system but you want to provide the ability to move more water for your system if need be. Drainage helpers work by recessing insulation in the installed drains in order to allow for faster water drainage.

Step Sloped Insulation

This is a more affordable way to slope a flat roof. Step sloped insulation involves the installation of several layers of flat board insulation under the roof membrane in place of cutting  a custom-made roof board. The roof board is installed in steps with the thinnest boards at the drains and around the drains. The roof membrane is now installed over the step sloped insulation.

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