Foundation repair and waterproofing terminology
Hollow concrete blocks used to make a foundation. They are formed with mortar and measure 8 by 8 by 16 inches.
Formed and poured with solid concrete.
A pipe with openings used to collect water and direct it to a discharge point.
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.
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.
Cracks in brick or concrete that indicate the presence of a foundation problem.
A crock or pit with a motor installed in the floor to collect and discharge water to a higher elevation.
Concrete or steel used to prevent a structure from continued settlement due to weather-related conditions or initial construction.
Drilled openings in the bottom of block foundations that allow the release of water trapped in the base of the wall.