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IT IS THE VARIATION OF MOISTURE THAT CAUSES ​​
EXPANSION AND CONTRACTION; DESTABILIZATION



THERE IS A GREAT MISUNDERSTANDING ABOUT HOW FOUNDATIONS SHIFT AND TWIST AND CRACK; A SCHOOL OF THOUGHT THAT HAS ARRIVED OUT OF OUT-DATED TEXTBOOK PRACTICE.  THE SCENARIO OF BEEFING UP A FOUNDATION OR LIFTING UP A CORNER THAT HAS PERCEIVED TO HAVE SUNKEN IS SIMPLY IN MANY CASE STUDIES, FRUITLESS.  IF YOU MIGHT IMAGINE, WHEN WATER SATURATES THE EARTH, IT SWELLS THE SOIL.  WE KNOW THIS.  HOWEVER IT HAS BEEN THE WELL TRAINED ASSUMPTION THAT WE SHOULD WATER OUR FOUNDATIONS.  OUR PRACTICE / SCIENCE / PHYSICS, EACH DO NOT MATCH UP WITH THAT. THE FOUNDATION SHOULD REMAIN A CONSTANT DRY SPACE IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN STABILITY OF THE EARTH BENEATH IT.   

  1. INVESTMENT IN POOR DRAINAGE
    GRADE BEAM FRACTURES DUE TO MOISTURE
  2. INVESTMENT IN POOR DRAINAGE
    CORRUGATED PIPE, A GROWTH MEDIUM
  3. INVESTMENT IN POOR DRAINAGE
    REMOVAL OF CORRUGATED SYSTEM
  4. INVESTMENT IN POOR DRAINAGE
    RETAINING WALL FAILURE
  5. CORROGUATED PIPE REMOVED
    CORROGUATED PIPE REMOVED
  6. ROOTS
    ROOTS
  7. A DISASTROUS RIVER WALK
    A DISASTROUS RIVER WALK

WATER ESCAPES FROM UNDER THE SLAB OF A SHIFTING BUILDING
PHOTOS TELL US A STORY...THE MANY WE HAVE ARCHIVED.  

OUR BUILDERS TELL US THAT PROPER DRAINAGE IS THE SINGLE MOST VALUABLE COST UNIT IN THEIR BUDGET.  THE STRUCTURE ITSELF...THE WALLS, THE FLOORS, THAT IMPORTED STONE, THE FOUNDATION, THE WINE COLLECTIONS...ARE ALL AT RISK WITHOUT IT.  THE DESIGN, THE DEPTH, THE EARTH, THE ROCK, THE PIPE, ARE ALL COMPONENTS OF A WELL ENGINEERED SYSTEM.

WE HAVE PHOTO'D, STUDIED, RE-CREATED EVENTS TIME AFTER TIME IN ORDER TO GIVE OUR CUSTOMER THE BENEFIT OF IDENTIFYING THE HIGHEST OUTCOME FOR THE LIFE OF A STRUCTURE.  TO RE-STATE; WE DON'T KNOW OF ANOTHER COMPANY IN OUR INDUSTRY WHO IS SO CONFIDENT THAT THEY OFFER A STANDARD 10 YEAR WARRANTY STATEMENT WITH THE OPTION TO UPGRADE FOR LIFE.  SO OUR FORENSICS ARE THE BEST.  WE HAVE NEVER HAD TO REPLACE A SYSTEM.

WELL RESPECTED TRADES AND PROFESSIONALS OFTEN MISS THE LOGIC OF WATER BEHAVIOR AND ITS IMPACT. HOMEOWNERS, DEVELOPERS AND BUILDERS ALIKE, TAKE ON A HIGH LEVEL OF COST AND LIABILITY TO ALL THAT IS CONTAINED WITHIN A DEVELOPMENT AND THE FITNESS OF THE STRUCTURE ITSELF.  REPLACEMENT OF IMPROPER OR LACKING DRAINAGE IS COSTLY, FIRST AS THE DAMAGE IS INCURRED AND SECOND AS IT IS A NECESSARY FOR THE INTEGRITY OF ONES ASSET / INVESTMENT.

FOR THOUGHT:

1.  KNOW YOUR ELEVATIONS:  WHEN SHOOTING ELEVATIONS, ENSURE THAT THEY ARE BEING BENCHMARKED FROM AN ABSOLUTE POINT IE: A MARKER IN THE STREET OR A CURB.  WHEN THE BENCHMARK IS SHOT WITHIN THE STRUCTURE ITSELF, IT IS NOT AN ABSOLUTE POINT AS THERE IS MOVEMENT WITHIN THE STRUCTURE.

2.  ADVISEMENT:  WE HAVE ALL BEEN TOLD AT SOME POINT TO KEEP THE FOUNDATION MOIST.  THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE.  A STABLE AND CONSTANT SOIL ENVIRONMENT SUPPORTS A FOUNDATION.  IT IS THE VARIATION OF MOISTURE THAT CAUSES EXPANSION AND CONTRACTION...DESTABALIZATION.  

3.  CASE STUDY TOO OFTEN:  THERE IS THE PRESENCE OF WATER, FLOORS BUCKLING, ONE SIDE APPEARING TO HAVE SUNKEN ACCORDING TO AN EXPERT, HOWEVER INFACT IT IS THE OTHER SIDE THAT HAS HEAVED.  WATER HAS BUILT UP ON THE OPPOSING SIDE. A REPORT HAS BEEN GENERATED.  PIERS ARE PUT IN PLACE.  STILL FURTHER DAMAGE OCCURS. SOMEONE CALLS US.  THEY HAVE INCURRED COSTS.  WE PUT OUR FASP® SYSTEM IN PLACE.  6 MONTHS LATER IT HAS DRIED FROM THE EXTERIOR INWARD.  ELEVATIONS ARE SHOT AGAIN.  EVERYTHING IS OFF BUT WAIT, NOT FROM A RELIABLE ABSOLUTE BENCHMARK. THE FOUNDATION IS SETTLING INTO ITS ORIGINAL STATE. MORE COST TO SHORE DOWN PIERS AND RE-ESTABLISH THE FOUNDATION AS IT SHOULD BE.  THE PROFESSIONALS WHO ADVISED AND WROTE REPORTS AND THE EXPERTS WHO DID THE REPAIRS HAVE DISCLAIMERS OF RESPONSIBILITY.  UNFORTUNATE.

​4.  TO WATCH FOR:  ENSURE THAT ALL EXTERIOR WALL PENETRATIONS ARE SEALED.  THE SLIGHTEST BREACH IN AN ELECTRICAL OR PLUMBING PENETRATION WILL ATTRACT MORE WATER THAN YOU MIGHT IMAGINE, ACCUMULATING AT THE FLOOR LEVEL AND DAMAGING FLOORS SEVERAL FEET OUT FROM THE WALL.  ALSO KEEP A WATCH ON ROOF STACK VENTS.  THE SQUIRRELS WILL EAT IT AWAY TO THE DEGREE THAT WATER ENTERS AND FOLLOWS DOWN THE CONDUIT, GIVING THE IMPRESSION THAT A FRENCH DRAIN IS NEEDED BECAUSE THE FLOORS ARE DETERIORATING.  BUTTON UP.