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What Is Structural Foundation Underpinning?

What is Underpinning?

Underpinning is the method of stabilizing and strengthening a building's foundation. The construction of nearby structures necessitates the excavation of soil supporting existing foundations. It is more economical, due to land price or otherwise, to work on the present structure's foundation than to build a new one.

Underpinning is necessary in the following situations:

  • Your home's original foundation is not stable or strong enough to securely hold your home's structure. 
  • Changes in the structure and soil properties supporting your home's foundation may be detected. 
  • Mischaracterization of soil properties during planning and construction of your home.

Click on the following link to learn more about structrual foundation underpinning or to schedule a free inspection and evaluation of your foundation: www.atlasrestoration.com

Structural Foundation Repair

Many commercial and residential buildings are distressed due to settlement. This problem is often caused by weak or improperly compacted soils.

A Few Symptoms of Distressed Foundation

  • Drywall cracking
  • Cracks in brick windows/doors
  • Doors and windows don't open and close properly
  • Cracks in your structure's foundation

Click on the link below to learn more about structural foundation repair or to schedule your free consultation http://www.atlasrestoration.com/foundation.html

Atlas Polyurethane Void Filling

Utilizing a high-density polyurethane, the Atlas team fills voids under slabs, preventing major slab settlement issues and saving facility managers money by reducing costly structual repairs. To learn more about Atlas Polyurethane Voidfilling follow this link: http://atlasrestoration.com/curling.html

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Atlas Restoration is pleased to announce our new toll free phone number: 1-800-STAY-DRY. Getting in touch with our staff is now easier than ever! Click Below To See Our Web Site: www.atlasrestoration.com

What is the Best Time of Year for Waterproofing?

Most repairs can be done year round, even during extremely cold or wet weather. Winter is actually a good time for repairs as most contractors are not as busy. Delaying a waterproofing repair is never a good option, since water problems only get worse and the potential for additional damage increases. Click on the following link to schedule your free inspection: www.atlasrestoration.com

Where's the Best Place to Use AtlasFoil Insulation?

Installing AtlasFoil in your attic is one of the easiest energy upgrades you can do for your home. Using a radiant barrier in your attic is already mandatory in parts of the United States, which makes pefect sense since it greatly reduces your heating and air-conditioning energy (not to mention costs). To learn more about AtlasFoil, visit www.atlasrestoration.com

Slab Undersealing

Slab Undersealing is a process of pumping a cementious or polyurethane grout through holes cored in the slab. This grout flows under the slab and effectively fills any voids beneath the concrete slab. Slab undersealing effectively eliminates slab rocking which, over time, will deteriorate even the strongest slab.

To learn more about slab undersealing or to schedule an inspection of your facility, click on the following link: http://atlasrestoration.com/curling.html

Atlas Polyurethane Undersealing

Using a high-density polyurethane material, Atlas can restore the compromised subgrade support by curling warehouse slabs as they improperly cure. Click on the following link to learn more about Atlas Polyurethane Undersealing http://atlasrestoration.com/curling.html

Industrial And Warehouse Floor Repair

Most industrial floors take a lot of abuse. They’re subject to repeated heavy loads, hard wheel traffic, impact forces, abrasive wear, and aggressive chemicals. If floors haven’t been properly designed and built, they may develop defects and wear out well before the expected design life. Most defects, however, can be corrected. Repairing defects before too much damage has occurred prolongs the life of the floor. For long-lasting repairs, band-aid approaches won’t work, which is why repairs that work correct the cause of the defects as well as the symptoms. Most floor problems we’ve seen fall into one of four classes:

  • Curling and curling-related distress
  • Joint deterioration
  • Cracking
  • Excessive surface wear

Some of these problems require immediate action to prevent them from worsening and interfering with floor performance. Others may be more cosmetic than structural. Atlas Restoration will evaluate each with you before devising a repair a long-lasting strategy.

Click on the following link to learn more about industrial and warehouse floor repair and to schedule a free consultation: http://www.atlasrestoration.com/curling.html

Crawl Liner Encapsulation vs. Concrete Crawl Floors

I was recently asked about the pros and cons of crawl liners and concrete crawl floors. Considering that we have had many years of experience installing both of these systems I feel that Atlas Restoration is uniquely qualified to answer this question.

The main issues (i.e. problems) with pouring concrete in a damp and musty crawlspace are as follows:

  • Concrete does not effectively stop the musty smells (this is usually mold by the way).
  • Concrete does not effectively stop the moisture and humidity from entering the home.
  • Because concrete absorbs water (look at the dark spots in wet concrete sometime) it soaks up the moisture from the soils underneath it, effectively defeating the purpose of crawl space remediation in the first place!!! One technique to try and overcome this inherent flaw is to place plastic liner down before the concrete is poured. The problem with this is that the thin plastic liner tears quite easily when the concrete is put on top of it without the installer’s knowledge.
  • Concrete does not have any insulating benefits – it will cost the same to heat and cool your home after the installation of a concrete floor. 
  • The installation time for a concrete floor in a crawl space is not limited solely to the two or three messy days involved with the pumping process. Because the crawl space is already damp and musty, it can take weeks for the concrete to actually cure!
  • Unless it is heavily reinforced, concrete will always crack. It is not a question of if, but rather when the concrete will crack – sooner or later leaving the homeowner in the same situation they were in originally! A crack in the concrete lets in the same water, mold, mildew, bugs and soil that are inherent in an unprotected crawl space.
  • Believe it or not, with all of these issues concrete is usually significantly more expensive than a liner system. For these reasons and more Atlas Restoration primarily installs Hydraliner crawlspace liners.

Just some of the advantages of the Hydraliner are as follows:

  • Does not absorb moisture
  • Seals the crawlspace walls as well as the floor, keeping out rodents and insects
  • Seals out the musty crawl space smells
  • Completely insulates the crawlspace, virtually paying for itself in heating and cooling savings
  • Will not crack or break
  • Tough and puncture resistant. You can crawl on it, service technicians can crawl on it, and you can store any item on it. Hydraliner will transform your former unusable crawl space into a clean, dry, and ample storage space for your home.
  • Bright white finish actually brightens a crawl space with limited light, creating a friendlier storage environment
  • Hydraliner comes with a 25-year, fully transferable warranty!

Click on the following link to find out more about the benefits of Hydraliner and to schedule a free inspection and evaluation of your crawl space: http://www.atlasrestoration.com/hydraliner.html

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