Categories for Home Foundations

Does Clay Soil Affect Your Foundation?

May 25, 2022

You have probably heard several times that clay soil can affect your building’s foundation. If you wonder whether this claim is valid, you should know that it is true because clay soil and foundations can have weird interactions with certain construction materials. Why Is Clay a Problem for Your Building’s Foundation?  Clay soils usually expand or swell when they when subjected to water. The clay soil under your foundation can come in contact with water due to heavy rains or poor drainage. The swelling of this absorptive clay can damage your structure’s foundation by causing foundation settlement, cracks, or heave and... View Article

Damp Proofing Versus Waterproofing a Basement Concrete Foundation

April 25, 2022

Building projects are a huge industry, and ensuring that your home or project is safe against nearly anything is a must. Damp proofing and waterproofing are similar, but they are not the same. Knowing the difference between the two can help you determine what is right for you. What Is the Difference Between Waterproofing and Dampproofing? Damp proofing is used mainly to keep out the dampness from the soil. It does not protect against water or against other forms of liquid that might flood the crawl space or other space where it is applied. It is best used in areas... View Article

Utilizing Homeowner’s insurance for Structural Issues

March 8, 2022

Insurance can be tricky. Many policies contain loopholes, technicalities and exceptions. If you’re not an insurance agent yourself, this can be downright disconcerting, but when it comes to your home, which is a big investment, it’s crucial to know what your homeowners insurance policy does and does not cover. Will house insurance cover structural damage? That largely depends on several factors. Is there a benefit to purchasing builder’s risk insurance for homeowners? There could be depending on the policy. In this article, we’ll shed some light on whether homeowners insurance will cover a home’s structural issues. In the realm of... View Article

How Can Insurance Help Pay for a Home’s Structural Issues?

February 10, 2022

When you think of problems around the house, you might think of a leaky roof, electrical issues or a broken furnace, but the real trouble comes if your house has foundation problems. Even seemingly-minor house foundation problems can lead to total collapse under the wrong circumstances, which is why they need to be addressed ASAP. The issue many homeowners run into is paying to address foundation problems. After all, they’re not exactly cheap fixes. Continue reading to learn more about what homeowner’s insurance does and doesn’t cover when it comes to the foundation. When does homeowner’s insurance cover foundation issues?... View Article

What is the Difference Between Dampproofing and Waterproofing?

September 30, 2021

You’re likely familiar with the process of waterproofing a foundation wall. But what is dampproofing? The process of dampproofing foundational walls involves using a tar- or asphalt-based mixture on the outside of the wall to prevent moisture from getting through the concrete walls, into the interior of your basement or crawl space. Most homes built today use a damp-proof coating that was designed and implemented to meet your local building code requirements during the construction process. However, after several years, these coatings will begin to fail. Unfortunately, it is difficult (and expensive) to install such a coating years after the... View Article

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