Why Clay Soils Shrink and Swell

To understand why soils shrink and swell, you need to understand water molecules and clay molecules. Each water molecule is made of one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms. Each of the hydrogen atoms shares its electron with the oxygen atom. Thus, water...

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Chimneys and Foundation Repair

For purposes of foundation repairs, chimneys can be divided into two groups: 1)  masonry chimneys, and 2) non-masonry chimneys.  The distinction is important because masonry fireplaces with masonry chimneys are very heavy.  A typical three- by six-foot...

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Concrete Foundation Repair

Today, most residential foundations are made of concrete.  The typical foundation actually rests on the ground and is referred to as a slab-on-grade foundation or a floating foundation.  As we all know, the soils move up and down.  A slab that rests...

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Prepping Your Foundation For Fall

The summer has ended, Labor Day has come and gone, and the temperatures have dropped below 90 degrees.  The days when the weather is sucking water out of the ground are over, or are they?  Most homeowners assume that they no longer need to water their...

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Soil Slips

Soil sometimes slides down a hill at a slow pace, perhaps several feet per minute.  Slow moving soil masses are called soil slips.  Soil slips can be small, a few square yards, or much larger, covering acres of land.   If your home is on a hillside,...

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How to Fix a Sinking Foundation

When a foundation sinks, it is because the soils under the foundation are sinking. To fix a sinking foundation, Advanced will install supports that go down through sinking soil to stable layers that can support a home. Stable soils can be reached by...

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