Find the Right Tool for the Right Job
Basic problems have existed for as long as there are foundations. Since the Bronze Age, people have tried to repair the failing foundations. It's long to create, test, and rethink the repair technology, but the best advances have been made in just the last 10 years. Regardless of the type of technology you decide to use to repair your home, it is essential to ask the following questions:
Are the products used by this company designed for soil conditions and problems that I meet? With so many products on the market, most of us rely on our chosen company to tell us which solution is right for us. Unfortunately, some solutions are not ideal for soil conditions present in the Colorado Front Range, for example
In fact, concrete quickly erodes when it is exposed to sulphites from the soil (salts found in soils in many parts of Colorado), just as your sidewalk or alley deteriorates quickly if you use table salt to melt the winter ice. Similarly, concrete piles may be particularly vulnerable to sulphite attack and may not retain their structural integrity over the long term.
Another potential problem is when a product is used for an application for which it was not intended, such as using a square shaft dock to support a vertical load. These products have been designed to withstand tensile forces (traction), do not support the weight (compression) of a structure. Premature failure can result. Consider the following checklist for important questions to ask before hiring a contractor
Does the company you are considering …
– Will respond quickly and courteously to your inquiries or estimates?
– Have the right tools for a quick and accurate diagnosis of problems?
– provide homeowners with a free, professional assessment and estimate?
– have a history of success in this field, or are they simply jack-of-all-trades or GC?
– be proud of its accreditation and record with the Bureau of Business Ethics
– hire your staff exclusively with factory trained technicians?
– fully secure your home and all workers
– proudly provide references for the specific type of work you need done
– hold appropriate licenses with local construction authorities?
– use an engineer on site?