Monday, November 12, 2012

Foundation

We're digging big holes so we can address some foundation issues.

'Issues' is another word for 'problems'.

Our foundation has big issues.

This means our foundation has big problems. 

Big.  Problems. 

Like no drainage.   So much moisture was being held in the clay soil around the foundation that after we dug out the foundation, the soil under the house started/continued leaching out.  

Moisture is a bad thing.


And don't you love these cracks?

Oh, wait.  Those aren't cracks.  That's where there's just no mortar between the blocks.

Oops. 

Then there's the footer.   The footer  should be 8-10 inches thick.  This footer is thick enough.

But it's not deep enough under ground.  It should be below the frost line.  Our frost line is 30 inches down.  

Oops.


Then there's this little beauty.    A footer that's only 4 inches thick.    Sitting at 4 inches below the soil.

The surprise on the other side of this area of the house was that there was no footer at all.

None.  

Which is why we're fixing things.  

3 comments:

  1. Wow, That must be really stressful to find out, If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

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  2. Man, that looks a lot like the base of the house my parents bought back in the 70s...and yeah, they had to tear it down and build a new one just a few years after we moved in too. It's a good thing Eric is a construction expert (my parents weren't and were even swindled by a contractor that a friend recommended to them).

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  3. OmiGOSH. How is your house staying up? So glad you dudes know what you're doing. What a project.

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