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Recent Concrete Foundations Articles


A worker pumps water out of a subway line near Wall St. in lower Manhattan. Photo: WarmSleepy/Flickr

What Salt Water Does to Houses

Posted by s.e. smith | Nov 01, 2012

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many people have flood damage on their minds. Hurricanes come with an extra complication that makes flood damage potentially more dangerous, more expensive,...


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Troubleshooting Foundation Leaks

Posted by Steve Graham | Mar 02, 2011

Foundation leaks seem almost inevitable, but they can be avoided or repaired. To help us troubleshoot water problems in concrete basements, we interviewed Paul Sutton and Cassi Sherman...


Concrete Block Foundations: When to DIY and When to Call a Pro

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Apr 28, 2010

Water causes most foundation problems. Poor drainage and seasonal soil expansion can damage a concrete block foundation, but the damage is not irreparable. Some small cracks and minor...


Concrete Foundation Types

Posted by Steve Graham | Jan 26, 2010

There are three basic types of concrete foundations. In some areas, only a surface slab is possible. Otherwise, crawl spaces and basements are also options. Each broad category has...


Building Green with Concrete

Posted by Steve Graham | Jan 07, 2010

Concrete is perhaps the most common construction material in the world. The US Geological Survey calculated global cement production at more than two billion metric tons per year,...