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How Soil Expansion and Contraction Affect Your Foundation

In Residential Blog Posts by John Topa

Unless you are an avid gardener, you probably do not concern yourself too much with the soil’s makeup on your property. Even then, you may mostly worry about drainage for the vegetable plants and nutrients for the herbs. However, Florida’s granular soils have a dark side. Sometimes, they cause soil expansion and lead to the ground shifting, and when your …

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Why Do My Doors and Windows Stick?

In Residential Blog Posts by John Topa

While Florida is known for its heat and humidity, there are times when you want to open your home’s windows for some fresh air. If your home feels a bit stuffy, a gentle breeze blowing in from an open window is the perfect way to improve the ambiance. Unfortunately, you cannot enjoy the benefit of fresh air circulating throughout your ...
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Underpinning: Royal Arms Condominiums, Altamonte Springs, FL

In Compaction Grout, Featured Projects, Ground Improvement, Residential Blog Posts, Residential Projects by John Topa

Royal Arms Condominiums Altamonte Springs, FL CLIENT: Royal Arms Condo Association ENGINEER: Award Engineering MARKET: Residential SOLUTION: Foundation Repair SERVICE: Underpinning Foundation Stabilization Program 132 Pressure Piers Installed Piers installed ranging from 20-78 ft deep Project PDF Project The project is a residential condominium complex that was in need of foundation stabilization. The Geotechnical Engineer of Record recommended a solution …

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The Benefits of Using Micropiles to Repair a Foundation

In Residential Blog Posts by John Topa

Before we get into the benefits of using micropiles to repair a foundation, we will first explain what micropiles are. A micropile is a drilled and grouted friction pile that consists of cement grout, centralized rebar, steel pipe pile, and a high-strength steel casing. Other names that are used for a micropile include a drilled micropile (DMP), root pile, pin ...
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Moisture Around Your Home Foundation Can Lead to Big Problems

In Residential Blog Posts by John Topa

When is the last time you looked at the foundation that your home sits on? Many related issues can be prevented altogether if you act today. If moisture problems have already started developing, professional repairs completed promptly can minimize the extent of the damage. The Impact of Moisture on Your Home’s Foundation A quick visual inspection of the soil surrounding …

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Compaction Grout: Hidden Brook Condominiums, Palm Harbor, FL

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Hidden Brook Condominiums Palm Harbor, FL CLIENT: Hidden Brook Condo Association ENGINEER: SEI Inc. MARKET: Residential SOLUTION: Ground Improvement SERVICE: Compaction Grout, Underpinning Low Mobility and High Mobility Compaction Grout Applications Grout points placed approximately 8-10 foot on center in two phases Grout pipes drilled 1.5 ft to 3 ft off structures Project PDF Project The project is a residential condominium …

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Shifting Foundation? Discover the 5 Signs of Foundation Damage

In Residential Blog Posts by John Topa

Vibro stone columns offer general contractors in the State of Florida, a more sustainable and economical alternative for solid commercial deep foundations as opposed to deep and piling foundation solutions. They are designed with complex engineering techniques and bypass many ground issues by strengthening and densifying weak compacted soils in-situ.