Category Archives: Foundations

A Primer on Basement Wall Distress (Encore May 1, 2017)

Posted by in Archive 2004 thru 2011, Basements, Buying/Maintaining a Home, Cracking, Foundations | May 01, 2017

So, you have found your dream home: perfect location, quiet street, great landscaping, room layout fits your life style, colors match your furniture. You can’t wait to relax on the screened patio or that swing on the large front porch.… Read More

The Importance of Crawlspace Ventilation

Posted by in Foundations, Mold Growth, Wood | March 27, 2017

The decay (and the foot step through the floor in the featured photo) seen here is characteristic of damage from prolonged exposure to excessive moisture. The severity of the decay indicates that the problem has been progressing over a period… Read More

What Does a Landslide Look Like?

Posted by in Foundations, Soil Issues | April 25, 2016

What is a landslide?  A landslide is a mass of soil sliding down a hillside. Why would a mass of soil slide down a hill?  When a mass of soil on a hillside of embankment becomes unstable it slides down… Read More

The Case of the Sinking Wood Deck

Posted by in Foundations, Wood | March 14, 2016

It was cold and rainy afternoon.  And, while gazing at the rain sheeting down the window, I was ruminating on my plans for the coming weekend.  My quite ruminations were interrupted by the loud, sudden ringing of my desk phone.  It was a call… Read More

Unbalanced Backfill & A Garage Foundation Wall

Posted by in Construction & Shortcuts, Foundations, Masonry, Soil Issues | June 16, 2014

It is not uncommon for a garage floor slab to be raised above the original grade, especially where the grade around the garage slopes down from front to back or side to side.  This hillside or sloped grade setting will… Read More

Frost Heave

Posted by in Foundations | January 24, 2013

January is the time of year when we occasionally get calls regarding a service door that is binding or a garage door does not close or open properly.  Subsequent examination of the situation often discloses that a portion of the… Read More

The Dry Summer of 2012 & Gray Colored Clay

Posted by in Foundations | September 18, 2012

The summer of 2012 seemed to be a relatively dry one in Northeast Ohio.  It resulted in much less grass cutting this summer and even fewer weeds sprouting in my yard.   All in all it seemed to be a… Read More