Categories for Home Foundations

Why Is Bedrock Ideal When Drilling Pier Foundations?

January 20, 2023

When it comes to building a pier or doing any foundation drilling, the right base rock is essential and can make a big difference. If you try to drill for a pier in a stone or sediment layer that is not strong enough, the pier can collapse, and the structure can be unsafe. So, why is bedrock best for pier drilling? Keep reading to find out. Why Is Bedrock Great for a Drilled Pier Foundation? Bedrock is the solid layer of rock beneath the soil and other layers of material on the surface. The bedrock is the base for most of... View Article

What Is Shoring, and Why Is It Required?

January 6, 2023

When it comes to construction, a huge number of terms are used to describe the things a construction company does to keep the site safe. Shoring is one of them. Shoring is something that is needed at many construction sites, but not all. Knowing what shoring is might help you better understand why it is needed at your construction site.  What Is Shoring, and Why Might You Need it? Shoring is a process of building up a structure around those structures that might not be safe to help stabilize it while it is either being built or repaired. This can... View Article

5 Benefits of Crawl Space Encapsulation

November 11, 2022

High Plains Engineering and Construction LLC. has been in the business of civil and structural engineering since 2006 in the Fort Lupton area and surrounding communities. We show our customers every day the benefits of crawl space encapsulation, and we can provide a few answers about why it is so important now.  What Is Crawl Space Encapsulation?  This is the process of lining the crawl space with a vapor barrier that is typically covered by a layer of polyethylene. The polyethylene is placed on the floor of the crawl space to "seal" it.  Benefits of Encapsulation There are a number of... View Article

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

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