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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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10 Facts About Mold

Mold in your basement or crawl space may become a health hazard and should be taken care of as soon as possible. Mold is a result of moisture in the area, whether due to high air humidity or water leaking in through concrete. To help you know your “enemy,” we’ve...

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A Leaning Chimney Could Be Trouble

While the Leaning Tower of Pisa may be a wonderful sight to see, the Leaning Chimney of Home is not such a good thing. If you are lucky, your chimney might be leaning because it initially wasn’t constructed straight. Usually, however, a leaning chimney means problems...

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Mold Prevention Tips for the Midwest

Unlike other regions of the country where there is dry air, midwesterners deal with a lot of rain, flooding, and atmospheric moisture. If your home’s foundation, basement, or crawl space is not adequately waterproof, that can lead to structural damage and in the case...

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