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How to avoid Penetrating damp problems?

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The 3 main causes for a unattractive or dangerous walkway or sidewalk: Cracks, Spalling and delamination, Broken concrete. Let's take these one at a time. How can cracks form in walkways. There are lines in concrete walkways that are called expansion joints. They are here because concrete expands and contracts depending on the weather. Sometimes they are put in too far apart or not put in at all. When this happens you can get cracks in the concrete walkway.

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This week we have an interesting call from a homeowner in Chelmsford, MA. The customer told us that she wanted to have her yard excavated around her house in order to have two nonstructural foundation wall cracks repaired and damp proofing (not waterproofing material) installed. We asked her where she learned that in order to install damp proofing material and repair the cracks she needed to excavate and tear up her landscaping. The homeowner told us she saw it on YouTube.

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There are problems that can incur when the weather is too hot. One of the biggest problems that happens is you are more likely to get crackings in the concrete, regardless of if it is walls, floors, steps or walkways. You can also get reduced durability in the concrete. And in both walls and floors it is a reduced strength that can happen when you pour concrete in hot weather.

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The other day I was thinking about the average foundation crack which is about 8 feet and about 1/4" wide. If you made that crack into a circle, how big would it be? I talked to a friend of mine who is an engineer, and he figured out that a crack in the foundation that size is like having a 5 1/2" hole in your foundation. That's alarming!

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Many homeowners don't proactively waterproof their basement until there is a leak or they find water pooling inside their basement. Well, here are a few things to look for and steps to take to make sure you do everything you can to protect your basement and your homes foundation.

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