Trifusion Blog

Structural Repair in Action

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Foundations, Slab Lifting, Trifusion Foundation Repair Events, Trifusion News | Comments Off on Structural Repair in Action

Not every structural repair job we do yields dramatic results.  Maybe the patio was just a little uneven, or there was a dip in the living room floor.  But sometimes those little problems become big problems, and restoring the home’s foundation to its original glory is quite a sight to see. We had just such a job last month, and our client was excited to share her before and after pictures with...

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Summer Foundation Issues

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in erosion, Foundations, Oklahoma Weather, Piering, Slab Lifting, Trifusion Foundation Repair Events, Trifusion News | Comments Off on Summer Foundation Issues

Summer Foundation Issues

June is here, and summer weather is fast approaching.  With our mild winter and extremely wet spring, experts have predicted that the coming months will be extremely hot and extremely dry.  While that makes for great pool weather, it’s also going to exacerbate any foundation problems you may already have. Drought So what happens when the monsoon stops and the temperature rises?  As the soil around and under your home dries out, it contracts and settles, which reveals voids under slab foundations and can destabilize your home piering.  It’s not that the voids weren’t already there when the soil was wet, it’s just that the moisture in the soil was masking the problem. Seasonal Shifting Have you ever noticed cracks by the corners of your door frames, or on your exterior masonry, that seem to disappear in the winter and reopen in the summer (or vice-verse)?  If you have, and you mentioned to a Tulsa foundation repair company, you might be familiar with the term “seasonal shift.”  What this means is that your foundation is moving depending on whether the soil is wet or dry.  If not repaired, this shifting could result in a cracked slab or larger, year-round cracks in your...

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Soil Erosion

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in erosion, Foundation Drainage, Foundations, Oklahoma Weather, Slab Lifting | Comments Off on Soil Erosion

Soil Erosion

With Memorial Day weekend upon us, now is a great time to be getting out in the yard and doing some planting.  For many of us, this means filling our flower beds or vegetable patches, but with the recent rains and more on the way, you might want to consider something a little larger. As I’ve mentioned before, Tulsa lies on a flood plain; its soil is very fine and, for lack of a better term, slippery.  When we have an extended wet season all of that rain and flooding moves the soil around your home, sometimes taking it away altogether.  This problem is exacerbated by hot, dry summers (which is exactly what the forecast has in store for us this year).  Beyond aesthetics, when the soil shifts and then shrinks, many homes see foundation shifts as well – sometimes even slab cracks and breakage. The simplest and, in my opinion, most fun way to combat that shifting and erosion is with trees and shrubs. It makes sense, doesn’t it?  Trees and shrubs have larger root systems which act as anchors, keeping your soil where it belongs.  Some Oklahoma favorites are crepe myrtles, butterfly bushes, and of course our state tree, the redbud.                                   Now, as much as I love trees, I’m not going to pretend that they’re a cure-all, nor will they fix any problems you already have – that’s our job.  But once you’ve had your slab foundation stabilized, or your piering adjusted, finding answers to your erosion problems will go a long way towards making sure your foundation repairs last for decades to come.   For more information on how to combat erosion caused by drainage problems, check out my article on French drains. Have a happy, safe, and fun Memorial Day weekend!  ...

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Meet the Team

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Trifusion Foundation Repair Events, Trifusion News | Comments Off on Meet the Team

I love working for a locally-owned business; I know the names and faces of everyone I work with, and they know mine. Our clients also trust us more.  If you call into the office, nine times out of ten you’ll be speaking to me (at least initially), and if you sign with us you’ll wind up meeting the whole team at some point or other. And that’s all well and good, but who, exactly, are we? First of all, we have the owner and primary project surveyor, Mike.  He’s worked in the field for over thirty years, and is the go-to guy for polyurethane foam injection.  He and  our other project surveyor, Marc, are the first on the scene to help find a solution to whatever problems your home is facing. Next is Lindsey, our general manager.  She oversees pier crews, schedules jobs, and makes sure everyone’s where they’re supposed to be, when they’re supposed to be. And that brings us to me!  I wear a lot of hats, but my two main functions are office manager and marketing assistant.  On any given day I may be writing content for this website, updating our various social media sites, booking consultations, running errands…in fact, I just got back from delivering a concrete saw to a job site in Claremore.  I also meet with our clients when the work is done to make sure that everything is the way it’s supposed to be, go over final paperwork, etc.  There’s a very good chance that mine will be the first voice you hear, and the last face you see. Now I’ve got to go meet with a client – I hope you’re able to get out and enjoy the sunshine too!  ...

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On The Job

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Foundations, Slab Lifting, Trifusion Foundation Repair Events, Trifusion News | Comments Off on On The Job

A lot of my work can be done in front of a keyboard – writing these posts, for instance – so it’s always fun for me to get to go to a job and see our crews in action.  And last Friday that’s exactly what I did!  Our client is renovating a rental property and has slab issues.     A lot of slab issues.     (Those straight grooves are called stitching, and are re-filled after the crack is repair to “stitch” the concrete back together.) I wasn’t there for my own curiosity though, I was there because I’d never actually seen our foam injection lifting technique in action – and how can I write about something I’ve never witnessed? Now, I’ve been told that not all lifts are this dramatic, but check out this video of the slab correction we did in the back room:     Isn’t that cool?   We’ve got another foam job scheduled for this Friday, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for more excitement!  ...

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Solving Drainage Issues

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Buying Or Selling A Home, Foundation Drainage, Oklahoma Weather, Trifusion Foundation Repair Events | Comments Off on Solving Drainage Issues

Solving Drainage Issues

I want to start by saying that we at Trifusion have those injured by last night’s storm in our thoughts today, and that we’re all thankful that there were no fatalities.   But it does highlight the fact that storm season is officially upon us.  And naturally, spring rains always highlight the biggest problem for Oklahoma foundations: drainage. In theory, your home’s gutters are going to be doing a lot of the heavy lifting in this area, by funneling the water away from your home.  However, all those gutters do is catch runoff from your roof and channel it into one corner downspout.  It helps, yes, but it doesn’t solve the problem of all the rest of the rain – and often the downspout doesn’t direct the water far enough away to do more than have it only affect that corner of the house.  To that end, one of the most up-and-coming popular solutions is to install a French drain. A French drain is a gravel trench dug around all or part of your home, with a perforated pipe hidden inside.  It’s kind of a reverse moat: excess groundwater flows into the pipe through the gravel, and the pipe in turn empties out somewhere away from the home.  They’re easy to maintain, are unobtrusive, and can go a long way toward maintaining your foundation’s integrity as well as reducing problems such as ponding (where a depression in a driveway or walkway fills with water, creating a temporary pond).    “Gravel trench” doesn’t sound very attractive, but decorative rock can be used to turn them into a beautiful landscaping feature.  And hey, if you find yourself needing one, give us a call!  ...

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Why Foam Injection?

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Trifusion Foundation Repair Events, Trifusion News | Comments Off on Why Foam Injection?

Why Foam Injection?

I’ve discussed previously the reason(s) why we don’t do interior piering – namely, it’s not the best solution.  But polyurethane foam injection has only been around for about 30 years, and slab foundations predate it.  So what did people do to fill voids before foam? Well, foam injection falls under the umbrella of “grout injection,” and until the 1980s, that meant cementitious grout – in other words, cement. Just like with foam injection, holes were drilled in the concrete slab, and more concrete was injected into the void beneath.  While this was effective, it was also incredibly heavy – and though there are different weights of polyurethane foam, ours is four pounds.  It relies on hydraulic pressure rather than sheer weight to compact soil and lift the slab, and is much less likely to break down over time. Ultimately, the takeaway is that home repair, just like everything else, is a constantly evolving field, and we’re happy to bring these innovations to your projects!  ...

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Tulsa Architecture

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Oklahoma Weather, Trifusion Foundation Repair Events, Trifusion News | Comments Off on Tulsa Architecture

Tulsa Architecture

Did you know that Tulsa has one of the largest Art Deco districts in the country?  It makes sense: at the turn of the century, Tulsa was a booming oil metropolis.  But our beautiful downtown is only the beginning of a century’s worth of expansion, in the form of neighborhoods that spread out like tree rings, each one an architectural time capsule. Most of Tulsa Metro’s residential areas were built between the 20s and 50s; the further Southeast you go, the newer the homes get.  Tulsa Metro, also known as midtown, includes (but is not limited to) neighborhoods like Cherry Street, The Pearl District, Kendall-Whittier, Riverparks, and Patrick Henry.  A lot of these areas were built before Zink Dam was put in on the Arkansas River, and flooding was even more of a problem than it is now (my mother remembers having severe flood damage in her home during the mid-50s, two blocks in from Riverside).  Consequently, many of these homes are going to be on crawl spaces.  The same holds true for the neighborhoods that extend North from downtown, where neighborhoods like Brady Heights, Greenwood, and North Cheyenne have seen restoration and revitalization, including the addition of “Historic” to their monikers. It wasn’t until the 60s and 70s that Broken Arrow, Bixby, Jenks, and our various other suburbs started seeing significant growth, eventually blending seamlessly with Tulsa Metro.  South of 1-44 and East of Sheridan, South Tulsa and surrounding neighborhoods are largely slab foundations.  Contractors had found that in regions with water tables as high as ours, slab foundations were better for preventing moisture damage to the homes sitting on top of them. Regardless of where you live, I think we can all agree: we wouldn’t have our slice of urban sprawl any other...

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What to Expect When We’re Inspecting

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Trifusion Foundation Repair Events, Trifusion News | Comments Off on What to Expect When We’re Inspecting

What to Expect When We’re Inspecting

Spring is definitely one of our busiest times of year, and this spring is no exception.  But when people call us, all they know is that we’ll come check their home for free – they have no idea what that entails, how much time it will take, etc.  So if you’re thinking of giving us a call, here’s how it all works.   First thing’s first, of course, which is getting you on our schedule.  We usually book about a week to two weeks in advance, and have recently become available to do Saturday afternoon inspections.  Once you’ve booked your time slot, we send out a confirmation letter and give you a call the day before your appointment; we understand that things get busy and sometimes appointments fall through the cracks. The consultation itself is pretty straightforward.  One (or both) of our project surveyors come to your home, talk to you a bit about your concerns, and do a walk-through of the problem area.  They’ll point out the issues they find, and discuss with you what they propose for a solution.  All told, this takes roughly an hour. Using their notes and observations, they draft an official Bid Proposal, which they send to you for approval.  If you have an engineering report, they can also generate a bid proposal based on that, which can be nice for our clients who may not have time to schedule a separate inspection. Now, there are a lot of variables that determine how quickly we can begin fixing your problem, but generally speaking we can get you on the schedule for the following month – for instance, right now we’re booking jobs in April. Through all of this, we encourage our clients to call us any time they have questions, or need something tweaked, or just want to touch base with us.  It’s your home, after all, and we value the trust our clients put in us by allowing us to work on something so important.   And that’s how it all works!  Like I said, we’re already booking jobs in April, and we have consultation slots open through April 14th.  Drop us a line!  Even if we can’t find anything wrong, at least you know there’s nothing to worry about.  ...

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Never a Dull Moment

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Oklahoma Weather, Trifusion Foundation Repair Events, Trifusion News | Comments Off on Never a Dull Moment

Never a Dull Moment

Today, I’m hitting the road and accompanying our general manager to a job site!  It’s important to us to spend time with our clients after a job has been completed, to make sure we’ve done our best and are leaving them with a smile and a fixed problem. I’m definitely bringing my rain coat, though.  As beautiful as the clouds were this morning, they’re one more sign that April showers came early this year! Have a wonderful (and hopefully dry) weekend!...

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