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Patrick LeCours, Owner and president of Mr. Foundation, is the Foundation Expert .  He has answered hundreds of questions relating to foundations.

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QUESTION:

Hello, I have a few hairline cracks in my basement slab but one is concerning me. The crack is actually 3 cracks that are larger than the others in my slab and are about 3 feet long in the middle of the slab. The 3 cracks join at one spot and at thise spot the floor rises about 3/4″ higher than the rest of the slab (heave). What do you think should be done?

Answer: It should be broken up to see what is causing the heaving, at that point we can look at a repair scenario.

QUESTION:

My house is a side-split with a white brick veneer exterior wall. Last fall I noticed that a few of the bricks on the bottom layer of the support wall (26 inch masonary block) showed signs of dampness and dis-colouration. This particular wall is on the high side of the split(house) and butts against an asphalt driveway. It should be noted that in the weeks prior to my noticing the damp bricks, this wall was exposed to several hard rain falls. I also noticed 1 inch crack between the driveway and the masonary wall which has now been repaired. I also noticed that the parging on the masonary below the bricks is flaking. On the subject bricks there is now sighns of efflorescence. My questionis what caused this problem and how can I get the bricks back to their original condition?

Answer:

My guess it is a wicking problem, this is when the moisture is wicked up through the foundation seeking a dryer air, this will happen if there is no weeping tile present or if one is it is blocked, please give us a call for a free estimate, thanks. Patrick LeCours

QUESTION:
Our stone foundation has just been excavated. We want to waterproof it, what material would be best used on a stone foundation?

Answer:

You must first clean all the joints out and repack them, once completed you must drill and screw the membrane(Platon) to the wall, it is a very difficult job, so I would suggest that you call a foundation repair contractor for quotes, thank you for your question. Patrick LeCours.

QUESTION:

Sir, Each winter for the past three years the water level in our basement has risen to just below floor level in the drain, and it has started to crack the concrete floor. It has never flooded, nor risen above this level. I am in a townhouse and asked my neighbours if they had a similar problem: no. A plumber has inspected the drain and found no blockages. And the problem resolves itself in the Summer. I am in the middle unit of a row of 5 townhomes in Chapman Mills, Ottawa. Any advice?

Answer:

You could install a sump pit and that would lower the water in the basement of your unit, this is a service that we provide, please call us for a quote, thanks for your interest in Mr. Foundation. Patrick LeCours.

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