Monday, June 12, 2017

Foundation Pro "Angie's List 2016 Super Service Award Winner


Foundation Pro has earned the service industry's coveted Angie's List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.

"Only about 5 percent of the companies in each market have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award," said Angie's List Founder Angie Hicks. "It's a really high standard."

Angie's List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an "A" rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie's List, pass a background check and abide by Angie's List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie's List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

Foundation Pro has received this honor in the Arkansas foundation repair territorial market for the past four consecutive years.
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

SHUT OFF UTILITY TIPS


Don’t wait for an emergency to make plans to shut off gas, water or electric. The actions taken in the initial minutes of an emergency are critical. Homeowners should know how to turn off to turn off the utilities to their home in case of a leak or other hazard.  A few simple steps can help homeowners protect the safety of their family members and neighbors.
You should start by locating all utility meters to your home. Their exact locations may vary according to the particular design of each home. Typically a gas meter with a shut-off valve is located on the outside of the home near the foundation wall. The water meter lid is usually located nearby the street in front of the home. The meter and shut-off valve are both located underneath a lid in a small meter box.  
Electric meters are typically outside of the home, but sometimes the fuse boxes are located in another area such as a closet in the home or in the garage.

Know the proper way to turn off each utility. The following three steps show how to turn off the most common utility sources.  
  1. Water: Go to the water meter and gas meter and search for the shut-off valve. A water meter shut-off valve will typically appear in the shape of rectangular lever or round wheel handle. Purchase an adjustable wrench that is at least 12 inches or buy a water valve shut off tool from your local hardware store and keep it in easily accessible place in your home. Turn the lever with the wrench or turn the wheel with your hand to the right to shut off the water. The meter gauge should show a gradual loss of pressure until the water to the home will no longer run. Sometimes neighbors will share a water meter box, in which case homeowners should verify the shut-off valve that connects to their home. If you share a water meter box with neighbors, after reading the information in this blog it is a good idea to check and make sure that you know which shut-off valve controls your home.
  2. Gas: To turn off the gas at the meter locate the shut-off valve that runs parallel with the pipe. This valve should be about 6 to 8 inches above the ground. Use the adjustable wrench to turn the valve a quarter of the way in either direction until the valve is crosswise to the pipe. Do not turn it back on yourself at any time. The gas company should be notified as quickly as possible.
  3. Electric: Find the main fuse block which looks like a rectangular block with a handle. It is usually located at the top of the panel. Do not turn off the main fuse first. Instead begin by turning off the smaller fuse handles one by one. Pull them down hard and straight so that they do not pull off. Be careful because some of the parts may be hot. Then turn off the main fuse last.
In order to turn the electric back on after a problem has been resolved turn the main fuse on first and then the smaller ones one by one.
Homeowners should keep a list of emergency phone numbers for each utility company. After shutting off the utilities in an emergency situation be sure to call the company and let them know the situation. Have an evacuation plan for your family in case of an emergency.        

Thursday, November 17, 2016

4 Tips To Prevent Foundation Problems

Benjamin Franklin, while addressing fire safety, once wrote an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This statement can also be applied to the prevention of foundation damage to our homes. Most of the time it is much more cost effective to prevent foundation problems than torepair damages later on. Through proper care and preventative maintenance around our homes,we reduce the chances of foundation problems. This blog is written to help homeowners detect potential threats of foundation failure and offer a variety of solutions to safeguard the integrity of their homes foundations.

1) Ensure Proper Grading. The grade around a home should allow for rainfall to flow away from the home. Sometimes landscaping features such as flower beds can be installed to help compensate around homes that are poorly graded.  Ideally the ground level around your home should be graded with a minimum of 6 inches of downward pitch within 10 feet of the foundation wall so that rain water flows away from the home.  
Balancing moisture is key to maintaining a secure foundation.
2) Maintain proper water drainage.  Water is the worst enemy of a foundation. Water can lead to soil erosion and also cause expansive clays to swell when they become wet. Therefore it is important to maintain a consistent amount of soil moisture content throughout the year in areas around your home. Also make sure that downspouts have extensions or drains that carry water at a minimum of four feet away from the foundation wall. Typically the weakest and most vulnerable areas of a homes foundation are around corners and openings in the exterior wall, such as windows and doors. The installation of French drains can also be helpful to collect excessive surface water from torrential downpours and carry it to a lower area away from the home. 
During extreme droughts homeowners can install soaker hoses around the foundation walls of their home in order to keep a healthy amount of soil moisture.  The soaker hoses should be positioned about 10 to 12 inches away from the foundation. Be sure not to let the water run for too long. The idea is to keep the ground moist and not soaking wet or muddy. Soaker hoses should only be used during extreme droughts during summer months when temperatures exceed 100 degrees.    
3) Keep large trees and shrubs away from the foundation walls. The root systems of trees and bushes affect the moisture content around a foundation. This can lead to foundation settlement especially in a drought when the soil is already dry. They also can also cause an upward thrust of the foundation known as heaving by root growing underneath a concrete footing. Generally the larger the vegetation the further away it should be.
4) Control crawl space moisture  Mold and mildew can lead to decaying floor joists and invite wood-decaying insects such as termites. If installed correctly a vapor barrier encapsulation system can mitigate the amount of moisture in the air by trapping it underneath vapor permeable sheathing.
If there is standing water underneath a basement or crawlspace, a sump pump and basin system can be installed to collect water at the lowest point and pump it through from underneath the home to an area outside where the water will flow away from the home. 
If you see cracks in your walls, spaces around windows or doors or have problems opening and closing doors or windows, you should contact a licensed foundation expert for an evaluation. Early detection usually means a lesser cost in the repair of a foundation.

Friday, October 21, 2016

What is tuck-and-point mortar repair?


After exterior walls have been structurally stabilized with steel pier pilings, Foundation Pro technicians repair masonry settlement cracks on the home in areas where we have worked. This service is called tuck-and-point and provided at no additional cost. With mortar and coloring agents, we seal exterior cracks in mortar joints, bricks and cinder blocks. This provides for the best cosmetic aesthetics and to seal the wall against water damage or pest infestation.

The goal of tuck-and-point is to match the original masonry of the home as closely as possible. This step often demands an artistic touch because tint and texture of masonry colors have a tendency to show changes over time due to curing effects and environmental factors. In many cases after our work it is difficult to tell the exact location of the repaired settlement cracks. Although we promise our best we cannot guarantee a 100% perfect color match on every job due to curing time of new mortar versus the original.  
We also can provide specialty mortar mixture and brands upon request.
 
Loose mortar is grinded out to prepare wall to be put back into position in the pier process. 
 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Foundation Pro's 20th Year Anniversary *2016*


By: Brent Stroud
July 18, 2016
The year 2016 proudly marks Foundation Pro’s twentieth year anniversary as a Central Arkansas service provider in the field of foundation repair and house leveling. Over the years we have seen a lot of various changes such as in our high grade equipment and technical repair methods. But one thing that remains the same is our commitment to provide every customer with professional integrity and quality repair with the most accurate and permanent foundation repair solutions.

The history of Foundation Pro began in May of 1996 when Bob Stroud decided to direct his knowledge and experience gained from more than two decades in the fire and water damage emergency response business and focus efforts on the specialized field of foundation repair. When Foundation Pro started one major difference that set us apart from most other companies in the industry at that time was that we offered full service foundation repair. Our business plan involved addressing both exterior problems interior problems. Foundation Pro’s hard work and personalized customer service soon led for us to be known as a locally owned and regionally recognized option for customers who had foundation problems both large and small.  And with regular continuing education and training programs our management team and repair technicians have been able to remain leading experts in the latest technological trends. This comprehensive training over the years combined with our unique and time tested on-the-job time innovations continue to separate us from others in our industry and allow our employees the ability to properly address even the most challenging projects.

Today Foundation Pro family is still owned and managed by a team effort between with Bob and his son Brent Stroud who is Director of Operations.

Recent accolades awarded to Foundation Pro include being a three year consecutive winner of Angie’s List prestigious Super Service Award (2015, 2015, 2014), an honor awarded annually to approximately 5 percent of all the companies rated on Angie’s List, one of the nation’s leading providers of consumer reviews on local service companies.  We have also won various awards on Home Advisor, another popular review site.

We enjoy our work and would like to thank all our thousands of good customers who have have trusted our company to repair their homes and businesses. We look forward to providing our best to all future customers during the next twenty years!

 

          

 

 

Monday, March 14, 2016

How to Repair Sheetrock Settlement Cracks!

How do I repair the cracks in my sheetrock?” 
That's one of the most commonly asked questions of what to do next after the foundation has been repaired. As a home shifts during the settlement process, it is typical to see cracks appear in the sheetrock. Even though cracks may close during the raising process they may still need to be addressed cosmetically. The following information is to help guide you to do it yourself or to tell you what to expect if you hire a painter or handyman. If done correctly, the repair should make the previously damaged sheetrock appear as good as new.




Items you will need: All Purpose Joint Compound, Paper Drywall Tape, Sanding Block or Sandpaper, 6 inch Putty Knife, 8 inch Putty Knife
 

First, use sandpaper to sand down the area around the crack so that it is smooth with no rough edges. Next, use a putty knife to embed about 1/8 inch of an all-purpose joint compound into the length of the crack and spread some compound about an inch wider than the drywall tape you have chosen to use. Try to make the coat smooth as possible. Then apply the drywall tape over the joint compound on the wall. With one hand, use a putty knife to hold the tape in place while using the other hand and a separate putty knife to scrape away any loose compound. Apply a thin coat of compound over the tape and a few inches around it, then repeat the previous step of scraping loose compound away around the tape. Let it dry overnight. Typically most joint compounds take 6-8 hours to dry, but this may vary by manufacturer.

After the compound has dried, scrape away any loose dried compound with your putty knife so that the texture is smooth. You may also want to gently sand it with fine sandpaper. Then apply a second coat of compound using a larger size putty knife. This coat will extend a few inches wider than the tape so that it begins to blend in with the wall. Gently scrape or “float” across the area with your putty knife until the knife marks in the compound disappear. Let this second coat dry.

Repeat the previous steps of scraping and sanding any loose compound. Apply a third thin coat and layer it even further away from the tape so that it blends with the rest of the wall. The more it blends in with the rest of the wall, the more professional the final results will be. Gently scrape the area again so that the knife marks go away. Allow this to dry for 24 hours and then gently sand it with very fine sandpaper. Now the wall is ready for a primer base and paint!

Brent Stroud | Foundation Pro | 501-753-1009 | www.foundationproar.com










How to Repair Sheetrock Settlement Cracks

How do I repair the cracks in my sheetrock?” 
That's one of the most commonly asked questions of what to do next after the foundation has been repaired. As a home shifts during the settlement process, it is typical to see cracks appear in the sheetrock. Even though cracks may close during the raising process they may still need to be addressed cosmetically. The following information is to help guide you to do it yourself or to tell you what to expect if you hire a painter or handyman. If done correctly, the repair should make the previously damaged sheetrock appear as good as new.




Items you will need: All Purpose Joint Compound, Paper Drywall Tape, Sanding Block or Sandpaper, 6 inch Putty Knife, 8 inch Putty Knife
 

First, use sandpaper to sand down the area around the crack so that it is smooth with no rough edges. Next, use a putty knife to embed about 1/8 inch of an all-purpose joint compound into the length of the crack and spread some compound about an inch wider than the drywall tape you have chosen to use. Try to make the coat smooth as possible. Then apply the drywall tape over the joint compound on the wall. With one hand, use a putty knife to hold the tape in place while using the other hand and a separate putty knife to scrape away any loose compound. Apply a thin coat of compound over the tape and a few inches around it, then repeat the previous step of scraping loose compound away around the tape. Let it dry overnight. Typically most joint compounds take 6-8 hours to dry, but this may vary by manufacturer.

After the compound has dried, scrape away any loose dried compound with your putty knife so that the texture is smooth. You may also want to gently sand it with fine sandpaper. Then apply a second coat of compound using a larger size putty knife. This coat will extend a few inches wider than the tape so that it begins to blend in with the wall. Gently scrape or “float” across the area with your putty knife until the knife marks in the compound disappear. Let this second coat dry.

Repeat the previous steps of scraping and sanding any loose compound. Apply a third thin coat and layer it even further away from the tape so that it blends with the rest of the wall. The more it blends in with the rest of the wall, the more professional the final results will be. Gently scrape the area again so that the knife marks go away. Allow this to dry for 24 hours and then gently sand it with very fine sandpaper. Now the wall is ready for a primer base and paint!

Brent Stroud | Foundation Pro | 501-753-1009 | www.foundationproar.com