How Can I Tell if My Sump Pump Is Working?

The easiest way to tell if your sump pump is working is to note whether or not it’s removing excess water from your basement. If only some of the water gets removed, the sump pump may be working but it’s not effective. If all the water is being drained when the floor...

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Achieve a Healthier Home With Crawl Space Encapsulation

Many homeowners in the Midwest have crawl spaces instead of full basements. Like basements, crawl spaces can accumulate moisture over time and are susceptible to most of the same problems basements experience when they get too wet. A wet crawl space not only results...

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Types of Soil and the Effects on Foundations

Not all soil is the same, and how it reacts to moisture and affects foundations varies. Sometimes, a structure is set on limestone, sandstone, or bedrock — each of which is capable of handling heavy loads and don’t carry the risk of soil shifting and expansion. Clay,...

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Diagnosing Foundation Cracks

Shearing, hairline, wide, horizontal, vertical. What do all these words have in common? They are the types of cracks you may find in your foundation floor or basement walls. There are some cracks you don’t need to worry about, but more often than not, cracks are signs...

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Types of Foundation for Your House

When your home was built, your contractor had a choice as to what type of foundation the home would have. How did he or she make that decision? Was it the right choice? Different types of foundation are better than others based on the home’s size, predominant weather,...

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