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2
Nov

Clogged Area Way Drain?

Does your exterior basement area way drain easily clog with soil or other debris? Then it’s time for a drainage analysis by one of our engineers.

This picture is from a drain at the bottom of the exterior steps to the basement and regularly fills up with sand and silt. We will be sending a camera probe through the pipe to determine where the soil is entering the exterior footing drain and then design a solution to fix the problem.

drain at the bottom of the exterior

25
Jul

Francisca V. Alonso has endorsed Ken Fraine as President at Soil & Structure Consulting, Inc.

Francisca V. Alonso has endorsed Ken Fraine as President at Soil & Structure Consulting, Inc. “We have worked with Ken on various residential design-build projects and his company has provided us with excellent engineering services. We highly recommend Ken and Soil & Structure Consulting for all your engineering needs. Great results! Great professionals to work with!” ? Read more

25
Jul

See what people are saying about Soil & Structure in Maryland, DC and Virginia

See what people are saying about Soil & Structure in Maryland, DC and Virginia

Jerome P. Friedlander, II (client)

Jerome P. hired you as a soil and structural engineer in 2003 and hired you more than once
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity Read more

25
Jul

Structural Inspection & Repair

Foundation Wall Movement

Foundation problems should be addressed as soon as they are discovered and before the damage is irreversible. The two most common types of foundation failures are foundation settlement (vertical movement of the footers) and foundation wall bowing (lateral movement of below-grade walls).

Foundation Settlement

Typical signs of foundation settlement are stair-step cracks and vertically sheared bricks or blocks. Read more

25
Jul

“Zero Crack” Concrete

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – BASF Construction Chemicals has invented a new kind of concrete that it says will transform the $20 billion repair construction industry, because once it sets, it’s virtually crack-proof.

BASF says its “ZERO-C” (zero-cracking) line of concrete is a stronger and more durable alternative to the mortars that usually repair – and re-repair – crumbling historic buildings and other older structures. Read more

22
Jul

Snow Melt: What can you do to prevent surface water infiltration?

Snow Melt
What can you do to prevent surface water infiltration from snow melt?
Before it snows:

1. Before it snows, be sure that the ground surface around the perimeter of your foundation wall has a positive grade (i.e., sloped away from the wall).
2. Check your gutters and keep them clear. We highly recommend installing buried downspout extensions to take water from melting snow on your roof a safe distance away. Read more