Cinder Block Foundation Restoration

Posted by Nathan Poulin on Jul 27, 2017 8:50:34 AM

Cinder block foundation walls are hollow, and can fill up with water. That's why on a french drain system "weep holes" are drilled into the bottom row of the blocks. Without these holes, the block wall can fill up with water and start to deteriorate and erode.

If ignored this process can lead to failure of the foundation wall, requiring restoration.

These are the main, basic steps when restoring a cinder block foundation wall due to water erosion:

  • Excavate, Clean and Prep Deteriorated Wall
  • Restore Cinder Block Foundation Wall
  • Waterproof Foundation Wall
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Foundation Wall Cracks

Posted by Nathan Poulin on Jul 20, 2017 12:02:51 PM


CONCRETE AND CRACKS

There are all types of foundation wall cracks, some can be minor or even cosmetic others can be a sign of a serious problem that is getting worse. Concrete is constantly shrinking and will always crack.

Concrete is known for its high compression strength, but very low tensile strength. It is great at dealing with the weight of your house pushing down or "compressing" it. However, forces like soil applying pressure against the wall or a section of the footing settling lower over time causes the opposite action, asking the concrete to handle tension. Enough pressure and the concrete will crack to relieve this tension.

Lets split this up into two sections covering the two most common types of foundation walls, cinder block foundation walls and poured concrete foundation walls.

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Topics: Waterproofing

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