Terminology

Concrete foundation help in Cincinnati and Tri-State area

Let Boiman & Myers, Inc. help you with your concrete foundation. We have more than 40 years in the foundation repair and waterproofing industry. Below is a list of industry terms to help you learn about potential issues affecting your home or commercial property and the materials used to correct them. If you have additional questions, or would like to schedule an appointment with us, please call our office talk to a staff member.
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Foundation repair and waterproofing terminology

Block Foundation
Hollow concrete blocks used to make a foundation. They are formed with mortar and measure 8 by 8 by 16 inches.

Concrete Foundation
Formed and poured with solid concrete.

Drain Tile
A pipe with openings used to collect water and direct it to a discharge point.

Footer
A formed, solid concrete pad installed under a foundation wall.

Foundation Horizontal and Vertical Cracks
Cracks visible in foundations, both interior and exterior, that could be caused by foundation movement or settlement.

Foundation Stress Cracks
Cracks formed in concrete and block walls at weak points, typically due to weather-related ground movement or initial construction.

Hydrostatic Pressure
Water buildup or pressure, typically under basement floors, that causes water to seep up through cracks or the floor’s perimeters.

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
Plastic round pipes used for plumbing and drainage of water.

Stair-Step Cracks
Cracks in brick or concrete that indicate the presence of a foundation problem.

Sump Pump
A crock or pit with a motor installed in the floor to collect and discharge water to a higher elevation.

Underpinning Piers
Concrete or steel used to prevent a structure from continued settlement due to weather-related conditions or initial construction.

Weep Holes
Drilled openings in the bottom of block foundations that allow the release of water trapped in the base of the wall.
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