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Concrete block foundations that are about 8-feet tall have a history of developing horizontal cracks about 4 feet up from the floor. You rarely see this happen in cast or poured concrete foundation walls. Hollow Walls The reason the cracks develop is simple. Rarely are concrete block walls filled solid.  The average concrete block that […]

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Foundation heights, the finished grade that touches the surrounding soil, are important for a home's drainage. Foundations should be set two feet higher than the highest point within 10 feet of the foundation.

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Foundation walls are one of the most important structural elements of your home. They must be strong and supported well before you place vast amounts of heavy soil against them. The backfill soil can quickly crack or push in a concrete wall that is not strong enough to resist the force of the dirt.

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The foundation footer is the bottom building block on which your house rests. The purpose of the foundation foot is to spread the weight of the house across a wider contact area. The home foundation supports the full weight of the building and all the contents. Reinforcing steel is a must in concrete footings to help increase its strength.

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Treated wood foundations can be used when you build a new home. But wood foundations may not last as long as a concrete or concrete block foundation. A permanent wood foundation must have the right mix of chemicals to ensure it never rots or is eaten by termites.

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Foundation drainage systems are one of the most important aspects of residential construction. Installing drainage systems are also one of the most misunderstood aspects. Because these systems are usually deeply buried and cannot be easily modified or corrected, it is vitally important that they are installed correctly. Foundation drainage systems which are installed properly can serve a dual roll.

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Soil stability is extremely important for foundations. Connections between foundations, no matter how strong, depend on soil and footers for strength. For waterproofing, apply special waterproofing compounds to the exterior of the finished foundation.

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A concrete block foundation can be stronger than a poured concrete foundation. They differ in the size of gravel used, and that concrete blocks are hollow while poured concrete is solid. Reinforcing steel can be used to strengthen either material.

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