Residential Drainage Systems

There are two types of residential drainage systems, surface and subsurface drainage systems. Residential drainage systems provide a way to divert water away from your home to prevent flooding and potential foundation problems caused by water seepage.

Surface Drainage Solutions

Surface drainage solutions allow you to divert water away from your home by changing the landscape or above-ground yard structure. The following are several different surface drainage solutions:

  • Diversion Ditches: Ditches can be forged around your property to divert water away from your home and into a trench.
  • Open Channels: Open channels connect to your drain pipes or sewer to ensure that water is removed from the area.
  • Grassed Waterways: Grassed waterways consist of downhill, grassy channels that naturally drain water and deter soil erosion on your property.
  • Sloped Banks: Another surface drainage solution involves creating sloped banks on your property that flow away from your home, taking water with them.

Subsurface Drainage Solutions

Subsurface drainage solutions work underground or beneath the surface to remove water from areas with an excess of water saturated soil. These solutions do not require a change in yard or landscape appearance. The two subsurface drainage solutions provided by Intech Anchoring are as follows:

  • French Drain Systems: French Drain Systems involve installing a sloped trench on your property for water to run into. The trench contains gravel and leads to a pipe, which empties the water away from your home. This drain may lead to a drainage ditch, the street, a dry well, or a lower part of your property.
  • Hydraway Drainage System: The Hydraway Drainage System is a subsurface drainage solution that is superior to traditional French drain systems because along with being more economical, it has a 70% higher water capacity, allowing water to flow away from your home at a much faster rate.

If you are in need of a residential drainage system solution, contact Intech Anchoring at 734-432-5111 to speak with an expert and schedule a consultation.

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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Understanding Pier and Beam Foundations

A pier and beam foundation, also called a crawl space or post-and-beam, is a type of foundation found in many older homes. Pier and beam foundations have advantages, but they can be susceptible to serious problems such as cracking, seepage, unevenness, and mold due to moisture. Further, homeowners with crawl spaces often experience sinking from pier rot. Intech Anchoring offers viable solutions to these problems, but it is first imperative to determine the probable cause of the damage before choosing a course of action.

Causes of Pier and Beam Foundation Problems:

  • Poor Drainage: Insufficient drainage can leave the foundation more prone to cracking and the growth of mold. Drainage can cause unwanted moisture when directed toward the basement, which can be caused by misdirected garden and lawn watering.
  • Soil Problems: Moisture retention within the soil can cause sheetrock cracking, an unevenness in the basement floor, and seepage into the basement area through the foundation walls.
  • Original Construction Problems: Pressure over time can cause old cedar piers to rot through. If rotting occurs, sinking can follow and cause severe degradation to the foundation.

Once the cause(s) of pier and beam foundation deterioration have been determined, a solution can be selected and implemented.

Primary Solutions to Pier and Beam Foundation Problems

  • Foundation Shoring – Reinforcing the foundation with timber piers.
  • Foundation Strengthening – Supporting the foundation with concrete columns.

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What to Do About Crawl Space Flooding

The crawl space beneath most houses is dark, dirty, cool, and sometimes damp. In the springtime especially, the crawl space may become flooded. Heavy rains could lead to standing water beneath the home. While many homeowners simply regard this as a harmless inevitability, allowing water to saturate the soil below your home can lead to serious problems.Because the crawl space is an unseen portion of the house, it is also generally forgotten. But protecting the crawl space is just as important as protecting any other part of your home, and any flooding should be addressed before it leads to greater problems. Read more

The Cost of Basement Wall Crack Repair

Cracks in the basement walls are a common problem that a homeowner might see as the home ages. They are especially common in old foundations, and when they appear, they cause a great deal of concern. Some cracks are merely cosmetic and will inevitably appear with age. Generally, however, cracks are indicative of a deeper problem – one that can mean structural instability at the foundation of your home.

The Main Cause: Shifting Foundation

This may be caused by pressure surrounding the foundation or from shifting soil beneath the foundation. Hydrostatic pressure is a common culprit: water builds up in the soil around the foundation and begins to press in until the walls buckle from the strain. Cracks may be the first physical sign of foundation walls beginning to bow and buckle. If this is the case, and the crack is not simply a cosmetic issue, there is a number of risks to your home. Leaks or flooding may occur if the water seeps through the foundation walls, leading to mold or mildew growth as well as extensive water damage. Bowing walls and an unstable foundation can also severely affect the structural integrity of your home. Read more

What are the Causes of Basement Water Leaks?

A basement leak is an inconvenient and troublesome problem. Whether a basement is springing its first leak or has been flooding repeatedly for years, homeowners with leaky basements face many obstacles:

Diagnostics:

A suggested first step is to determine the origin and location of the leak. Visible cracks or imperfections are good to note. Determining the source can help in diagnosing the cause of your basement flooding. Once a cause is determined, remediation and prevention can follow.

Material Damages:

Taking inventory of what has been damaged is an important step for homeowners. Often, possessions suffer enough to require replacement or repair. This can be costly for homeowners, especially those who rely on their basements for storage. In the worst cases, heirlooms, photos, and other irreplaceable items are susceptible to water damage, and the consequence of losing such items is immeasurable.

Clean Up:

Once exterior conditions have dried up, cleaning a flooded basement can require hours of labor and sometimes even a paid waste management solution. This can become costly and exhausting for the homeowners. Mold and other atmospheric dangers can become of further concern in the case of a leaking basement, which can skyrocket maintenance costs and cause discomfort or illness to residents.

Many homeowners are left to wonder when their basement will leak or flood again. The only way to eliminate this concern is to learn how to prevent further damage. The first step in prevention is to determine the cause of the leak.

Causes of Basement Water Leaks

Foundation Cracks: Imperfections in the structural integrity of your home can invite ground-water from run-off, excessive rain, snowmelt, and local overflow into your home.

Drainage Dysfunction: Saturated soil in your yard leaves water with nowhere to go. Water immobility can cause your basement walls to bow, crack, or buckle. Basements completely below-ground are especially susceptible to such damage.

Hydrostatic pressure: Standing water essentially puts increased weight on your home’s foundation, which renders it more susceptible to future leaks and problems.

Gutter Directivity: Some gutters direct rainwater too close to the foundation of the home, which will leave you with flooding and perpetuate your water problem.

Solutions to Basement Water Leaks

Controlling and properly managing water leaks in the basement is essential to protecting the structural integrity of your home. Consider the following solutions:

• Combat soil saturation and move water away from your home with professional landscaping solutions. This option may be costly for some homeowners and require permits and allowances from city zoning officials.

• Install a sump pump to force the motion of water away from your home. Sump pumps are a viable solution but require backup in case of a power outage.

• For best results, implement a Hydraway drainage system. Hydraway offers proven durability to keep your basement dry and damage-free. It’s 7 to 25 times more effective than its competitors with an 80 percent inflow, and it can withstand 11,000 pounds per square foot!

Intech Anchoring can direct you in choosing products and services to fit your unique circumstances. Visit us at mdti.net or call 734-432-5111 today to schedule a consultation.

Prevent Your Home from Shifting

The shifting of your home can be subtle, and the symptoms can easily go unnoticed for months. However, taking note of the symptoms of a shift as soon as possible will allow for the best possible conditions to reverse the shift and preserve the foundation of your home. It is important to know what to look for when assessing your home and looking for potential symptoms of a shift.

Symptoms of a Shifting Home:

• Foundational cracks, which can be visible from inside the home, in the basement walls, or on the exterior of the home.

• Gapping between the building and chimney both internally and externally.

• Bowing walls, especially below ground-level.

• Sloped floors, which may curve downward in the middle of a room or at an angle toward any given wall. Read more

The Truth About Liquid Waterproofing

Unexpected leaking during rainy weather is a common occurrence. It saturates the soil, cracks concrete, seeps through structural foundations, and facilitates the growth of mildew and mold. Ultimately, it leaves countless homeowners scrambling for effective remedies.Considering its impact, unanticipated flooding can lead to a long list of expenses. Possessions that have suffered water damage must be replaced. The interiors of homes and other affected buildings, such as drywall, carpeting, and ceiling tiles, must be replaced or repaired. These experiences typically serve as warnings to take preventative measures against future occurrences.
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How Can You Install Drainage for Your Driveway?

The rainiest season of the year doesn’t only lead to bright green grasses and blooming spring flowers. Unfortunately, it can also seriously damage many of your home’s most important features. During times of such heavy precipitation, your property’s foundation and driveway are especially vulnerable to flooding.

Why Do Driveways Flood?

There are several factors to consider that lead to driveway flooding. The yard may slope toward the driveway, for instance. In this case, all runoff from precipitation will flow toward the driveway and form a pool. Alternatively, the composition of the soil may not allow for sufficient absorption. If it is primarily composed of rock or clay, the water will rise instead of soaking in. Read more