An Overview of Load Testing

“Load testing” is a phrase that applies to both the physical and the technological worlds. Intech Anchoring provides load testing with commercial construction projects.

What is Load Testing?

Load testing is basically a stress test. Many kinds of machinery and engines must be load tested to ensure they properly perform their functions before being released into the field. Intech Anchoring performs load testing on structures. To ensure safety and optimal usage, structural load testing is an essential part of the modern contracting and construction industry. The primary concern of load testing is determining a structure’s safety for human occupation and use.

As a company oriented towards technological solutions, Intech Anchoring performs load testing with digital models. This allows the company to create accurate projections of a building’s needs without risking lives or materials.

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Engineering Support from Product Distributors

When you choose to partner with a distributor or supplier, there are a number of considerations to keep in mind. While you certainly want high quality products and supplies, there is much more to the search process. You should look for a distributor that backs their products with first-class engineering support. Are you getting that with your current distributor?

Types of Engineering Support Available

The problem with purchasing products from distributors that offer no support is that issues become yours to bear alone. When you have a question, something goes wrong, or you aren’t sure of how to proceed, it can help to have engineering support readily available. Here are a few types of engineering support:

  • Design construction. When you’re in the middle of designing a project or implementing a new product, it’s common to have questions. Engineering support can help you avoid mistakes and make efficient use of the time and resources you have at your disposal. Read more

Magnacore Self Drilling Anchors

Soil conditions can often make installation of conventional micropiles a challenge. Self-drilling anchors utilize a system of hollow bar injection-bore micropiles. Use of Intech Anchoring’s self-drilling anchor varies depending on the worksite, ground conditions, and size of the job. Project scope will determine which rig is appropriate for use. Voids, or the presence of underground water, are not suitable for self-drilling anchors.

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Epoxy Crack Repair Injection Systems

Intech Anchoring offers two crack injections systems – epoxy injections or urethane injections. Learn about the benefits of epoxy crack repair below.

Epoxy injections are specially formulated to permanently restore structural strength to cracked concrete by welding the crack together. To assure that the injection will be the solution for your crack – there are three levels of thickness: high, medium, and low. The epoxy crack repair method is economical and relatively hassle-free.

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Landscape Drainage Materials

Landscape Drainage Materials

 

There are three primary types of landscape drainage systems. Depending on the type of drainage system you are working with, the landscape drainage materials will vary.

For French Drain Systems, which are rather common, the landscape drainage materials needed include: a standard PVC pipe, plastic perforated pipes, and/or metal pipes.

Another drainage system known as a Combination Filter Fabric  or Multi-flow Drainage system requires a different, unique set of landscape drainage materials. These landscape drainage materials include stacked perforated pipes wrapped in polypropylene filter fabric. This sort of drainage system helps prevent the passage of soil into the drainage system but in turn does not allow for high flow rates.

The final common form of landscape drainage is known as a Geotextile Fabric System. The landscape drainage materials needed for this system are a pipe system made of a non-woven geotextile fabric with a high density polyurethane core. This drainage system allows for a high flow rate.

To determine the proper landscape drainage materials for your specific drainage system, contact Intech Anchoring at for a free estimate and to speak with one of our experts.

Concrete Pier Solutions

Concrete Pier Solutions

A home’s foundation is the structure on which your entire home sits; it provides stability and strength to your home. When a home’s foundation undergoes changes such as cracking or shifting, other structural problems may result. These problems put your home at an increased risk for water damage, infestation, and many other things. Concrete piers have been utilized to lift and stabilize homes to avoid and repair damage done to a home’s foundation.
Concrete piers are one of many foundation repair methods, and are created by drilling a hole into the ground beneath the damage foundation. Concrete is poured into the hole ito reinforce and stabilize the foundation. Depending on the damage to the foundation, a single pier or many piers may be needed.

Concrete Piers in Action

Concrete piers have offered up a solution to many different problems including:

  • Adding additional support to your existing foundation
  • Raising or lifting a sinking foundation
  • Leveling out and sloping in the foundation
  • Preventing sinking and settling of the foundation

More Harm than Good?

Concrete piers can do more harm than good to your foundation because they do not pass through the active soil layer. Active soil is the soil directly beneath your foundation that constantly shrinks in periods of drought, and expands when it rains. If the weight of your home is still situated on unstable, active soil, the problem still exists. Often times, concrete piers add weight to your footing/foundation, and it pulls the foundation down further acting as an anchor.

Red Flag for Homeowners

Your foundation is important for the stability of your home. Concrete pier recommendations should be seen as a red flag and you should explore new technology such as AB Chance Helical piers. The AB Chance Helical Piers are all hot tip galvanized to increase the life of the product in aggressive soils.

If you are concerned about your home’s foundation and have been recommended concrete piers contact Intech Anchoring at 734-432-5111 to get your free estimate for AB Chance Helical piers to repair your foundation.

An Overview of Helical Piers

Is your home or structure leaning? Do you have uneven floors, bowing walls or visible cracks in the foundation or exterior walls? Do you experience basement leakage when it rains or when snow melts? A contractor or repairman who notices these foundational deficits is likely to prescribe the installation of helical anchors.

What Are Helical Anchors?

Helical anchors, also known as anchors, piles, or screwpiles, serve as a deep foundation stabilization system. Helical anchors consist of a helical bearing system welded to steel plates. The weight of the leaning or sinking structure is transferred from the shaft to the deep, packed soil via the plates. Helical anchors can be employed for new or existing homes for stabilization or repair purposes.

Uses for Helical Anchors

Specific Repairs. Helical anchors can be implemented when repairs are specifically in need of caissons, driver piles, or mini piles.

Foundation Stabilization. Foundations often sink due to moisture. Helical anchors are the perfect solution because they dig into the deeper, more secure soil level.

Foundation Failure Reversals. There are many signs of foundation failure which might indicate a need for helical anchoring, such as:

  • Gaps in windows or door frames
  • Popping nails in ceilings, walls, or baseboards
  • Uneven floors
  • Leaning, tilting, or gapping chimneys
  • Visible foundation or basement cracks

Be watchful of any combination of these symptoms as they are prone to quick escalation, causing severe insecurity and instability in your home. Older homes may be the most susceptible to these symptoms, but newer homes are not immune. Homeowners experiencing the above signals should consider the advantages of a helical anchoring solution.

Helical Anchor Advantages

The advantages to helical anchoring are compound and may supply the best return on your home stability investment.

  • Ease of installation. Installing helical anchors is not complex. This is an advantage for homeowners because it trims labor cost and returns normalcy to the home more rapidly.
  • No vibration. This means that existing structures and surrounding soil remain virtually undisturbed by our installation process, affording less cleanup and no collateral damage.
  • Active Soil. Helical anchors can be installed through active soil. This will require less land-leveling or area preparation before installation which again saves cost and aggravation for homeowners.
  • All-weather Installation. Because helical anchor systems are built to withstand any element, they can be installed in any element. Homeowners with leaning, unstable, and even hazardous homes and foundations do not need to wait for spring or sunshine to return security to their homes.
  • Minimally invasive. Our worksite will be left as clean as before we began. Installation does not require us to completely tear up your lawn and wreak havoc in your neighborhood. Any necessary clean-up and/or restoration of the area will be completed promptly.
  • Affordable. Helical anchors are a cost effective solution for foundation failure. Moreover, costs are minute, considering the investment homeowners make by returning stability to their foundation and home.

For a free estimate on installation of helical anchors at your home, contact Intech Anchoring at 734-432-5111 today.

 

 

The Function and Cost of Wall Anchors

Many homes and structures, especially older constructions, are eventually plagued with cracked foundations, bowing walls, and other formidable signs of deterioration that may leave the building unstable and even unsafe. The most dependable solution for these instabilities is the installation of wall anchors.

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Hiring Tips For Foundation Repair

As a homeowner, one of the most difficult decisions you will have to make over the course of your home’s life is who to trust for the eventual repairs that it will need. There are many companies out there who will attempt to offer you only the most expensive repair solutions, which are often unnecessary and could be substituted by more economical options. Instead of spending unnecessary cash on repairs, use this guide to help you navigate these issues, know what red flags to watch out for, and learn how you can prevent wasting your money.

Intech Anchoring Example

At Intech Anchoring, we have seen many examples of customers being schemed by competitors offering unnecessary, extensive repairs for issues requiring simple solutions. For example, one of our sales representatives once saw a competitor bid for a customer involving the use of piers to stabilize a slab. In reality, all that the customer’s home needed was a simple mudjacking project. The total savings for this customer? Thousands of dollars.

Signs That You Are Being Schemed

When hiring a contractor for repair work, there are a few common signs that you can watch out for to ensure that you are not being schemed. First, if a contractor provides an unclear explanation of the issue, he is probably not telling you the whole story. Any good contractor will always offer a full explanation and continue to explain until the issue makes sense to the client.

Not offering an alternative method is also a red flag, and it could indicate that the contractor is trying to sell you on a more expensive, but unnecessary, repair. Other red flags include refusal to provide an estimate before services are complete and negative customer reviews online. A good contractor will always offer an estimate prior to starting any project, and negative reviews indicate that a contractor has not lived up to customer expectations in the past.

How to Prevent Wasting Your Money

There are a few ways for homeowners to protect themselves from such schemes. To prevent wasting your money, first educate yourself on different types of repair solutions by reading industry blogs, looking at forums, and asking your neighbors and friends who have had repair work done. This will ensure that you are informed about your options and leave you less vulnerable to a scheme. In addition, you should always get a second opinion on major home repairs. If an estimate leaves you feeling unsure, call another repair company to compare offers before signing any agreement.

Finally, you can also prevent wasting your money by getting a free estimate from Intech Anchoring. We provide free estimates to ensure that our customers do not feel obligated to accept our services. By offering free estimates, we also ensure that you are free to shop around and seek second opinions from other contractors before making your final decision. At Intech Anchoring, we strive to find the best solution that meets your needs and your budget, not our own interests. You can schedule a free estimate with Intech Anchoring by calling us today at 877-329-3438.