hydrostatic pressure

Soil surrounding the foundation can contain a lot of moisture, and the force of this waterlogged soil is called hydrostatic pressure. It’s one of the leading causes of basement drainage issues. It is the force behind leaks, cracks, and even the bowing of the foundation, but with the proper protection, you can prevent these problems!

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Waterproofing and drainage problems are not always easy to spot. When these issues are small, they can be almost imperceptible; it isn’t until they become large that the average homeowner notices – think flooded basements, water spots on walls, and damaged items.  A professional, visual inspection can detect these problems before they cause extensive (and…

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flooded basement - fiorino insurance

Water isn’t immune to gravity: it always moves to the lowest point. On many properties, that can be the ground around a home. When heavy rains fall or snow begins to melt, all that water can flow through the soil and right up to the foundation walls. One of the ways to stop this water…

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One important part of foundation repair is the layer of tar we spray on the walls. This common exterior layer is made of a petroleum-based asphalt, sort of like what goes on a roof. It is resistant to moisture penetration, making it very good for repelling moisture that makes it to your concrete foundation and…

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ashworth drainage image of earthbag wall

Bags filled with sand and soil often make emergency floodwalls and rough shelters like military bunkers. But the same idea is becoming more popular among DIYers looking for natural building materials. A sturdy process known as “earthbag construction” is the preferred solution! Earthbag construction is getting a lot of attention as a low-cost, low-impact, durable…

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Window wells are a small but important part of protecting the inside of your basement. If water is leaking in from your windows, the problem might be with the window well – or lack thereof. If you don’t have wells around your basement windows, what’s the cost of having them installed? A lot less than…

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Foundation walls that are under pressure and buckling inwards can severely impact the rest of your home. Floors can slope, windows and doors will lean, and cracks can form around seals and on the upper floors. Even a slight lean can cause major problems! When you notice a foundation wall showing the signs of cracking,…

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ashworth drainage government prevent basement flooding

When your basement floods, you don’t have to fix it alone. Many municipal governments have programs designed to help homeowners with flooded basements, and this includes the City of London! But the biggest job they have is keeping larger drainage systems working, and this starts with the sewers.

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A sump pump doesn’t last forever. This important part of your drainage system has an average life expectancy of about 10 years. When you notice that your pump is acting up, it could be time for a replacement.

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Uneven or sloped flooring is rarely a sign that there’s just a problem with the floor. It’s a better indication that settling or shifting of the foundation is going on beneath the flooring. If you notice a slope developing, your first call should be to a foundation expert!

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