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Why Does Water Damage Concrete Foundations
Water is constantly assaulting concrete. Below we will discuss why that is.
Saturday, March 11th, 2023
Do Carbon Fiber Straps Work to Reinforce Foundation Walls?
For the past 20-years carbon fiber reinforcement straps have been a popular choice for reinforcement of some foundation wall issues. Even with an exceptional track record, many people who first encounter the technology ask the same question...Do these things work? This article will specifically explain the underlying property that carbon fiber straps leverage...tensile strength.
Saturday, February 25th, 2023
Brief History of Residential Foundation Codes in Pennsylvania
Residential foundation codes have evolved over time in Pennsylvania. Here is a brief history of some of those changes.
Monday, February 20th, 2023
What Type of Soil is in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA is located in the Appalachian Plateau region of Pennsylvania and its soils are largely influenced by the underlying geology and climate. The city is situated on a variety of soil types including clay, loam, sand, and silt.
Wednesday, February 1st, 2023
What's The Deal With Pittsburgh Clay?
Pittsburgh Seam clay is an important natural resource that has a wide range of uses. It is a type of fire clay that is found in the Pittsburgh coal seams of southwestern Pennsylvania and is characterized by its high temperature resistance, low thermal expansion, and high plasticity. These properties make Pittsburgh Seam clay ideal for use in ceramics, refractory materials, and fireproof building materials.
Wednesday, February 1st, 2023
Western PA Soil and Your Foundation
The soil type in Western Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh, is primarily comprised of clay-rich soils
Monday, January 30th, 2023
Should I Fix My Bowed Foundation Wall?
Discovering a bowed or cracked foundation wall is never a good feeling. Not only are the repairs generally expensive, but contractors in PA are not regulated by the state. This creates a lot of anxiety and stress on who to call. Luckily, this article should be able to provide some help.
Sunday, January 29th, 2023
Why Are Some Foundation Made of Stone?
Sandstone and fieldstone foundations have been popular throughout history for a variety of reasons. They provide a durable and long-lasting base for buildings, and also offer a natural aesthetic appeal.
Sunday, January 29th, 2023
How Cement Block Started As The Foundation Construction Material of Choice
Cement blocks, also known as concrete blocks, have been around for more than a century and have been a fundamental building material in the construction industry. The evolution of cement blocks has led to their widespread use in residential foundation construction.
Sunday, January 29th, 2023
Freeze / Thaw Cycle and My Foundation Damage
Foundations are the structural base of a home or building, and they play a critical role in the overall stability and integrity of the structure. Cold temperatures and the freeze/thaw cycle can cause significant damage to foundations, potentially leading to cracks, bowing walls, and even complete collapse
Friday, January 27th, 2023
What is Carbon Fiber?
Carbon fiber is a material with strengths and weaknesses.
Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
Why Do Basement Walls Bow
Bowing walls are a common issue with residential homes. Here is what is going on and what you can do about it.
Tuesday, January 24th, 2023
Does My House Need Piers
Many people observe sinking or other damage associated with their home. When this is the case they are told they may need piers...but what is a pier? This article discusses that as well as the finest push piers on the market by Supportworks.
Tuesday, January 17th, 2023
Carbon Fiber is Ideal for Basement Wall Reinforcement
This article discusses how carbon fiber began as a viable material for reinforcing foundation walls and why in many cases it is optimal.
Friday, January 13th, 2023
Foundation Crack Monitors
A crack monitor is a diagnostic tool that is used to determine whether or not there is active foundation movement in a given area. A moving crack is the hallmark of active foundation movement. This relatively inexpensive device can show the observer if the foundation is moving and help to determine what is going on with their home.
Friday, August 5th, 2022
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