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Heave VS Settlement

Heave Vs Settlement
 

Understanding the difference between floor slab heave and footing settlement

Being involved in concrete leveling and underpinning for over 28 years, I have come to understand the huge difference between heave and settling. I have felt a ton of pressure to sell underpinning to every customer. Pressure came from a variety of sources: our industry suppliers, who are looking for us to sell their product, our salesmen in the field, who earn a living that is dependent on sales, and the workers in the field who depend on our sales to earn a living, not to mention our own bottom line and a desire to sell enough to break even every month. It is frustrating to walk away from jobs that have serious damage and not sell any products or services to a customer who is pleading for relief. I have done just that for many years. It takes a tremendous amount of expertise, honesty and integrity to be forthright and not take advantage of the customer.

Understanding the difference between floor slab heave and footing settlement

I have been in business over 28 years and during that time I became involved in concrete leveling and underpinning. I have felt a ton of pressure to sell underpinning to every customer

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Soil mechanics

Soil mechanics

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More Examples of Misdiagnosis

This past week I was presented with two more perfect examples of how the diagnosis of a foundation problem is easily missed. One example came by way of an engineer that I met with at the convention last week.

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Reaching sufficient depth to give a permanent solution

What happens if your piles holding up your house are not put to a sufficient depth? The answer is that they will not perform properly and your house will still settle again. Every installer in this business provides a lifetime warranty with their products

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ICC Standards are doing more harm than good for residential applications (Part 2)

In that blog I posted some difficulties with ICC regulation and residential permits. Specifically that the requirement of soil borings and its reverse effect on helping homeowners.

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How to remediate a heave

So now we have established that many homes have floor heave. And we have established that many homes get misdiagnosed. We have also established in my previous blogs that this is a significant occurrence.

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Understanding The Differences Of Helical Pile Systems

I would like to address the issue of our procedures here at Arizona Repair Masons. Recently a competitor forwarded pictures of a couple of our piles that were uncovered by

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