About the house with Henri de Marne : how to maintain, by Henri de Marne

By Henri de Marne

"For over 32 years, owners through the US and Canada have relied on Henri de Marne to respond to their questions in his syndicated newspaper column, 'First relief for the in poor health House'. With this booklet, you will find the solutions everytime you want them. De Marne has up-to-date the entire solutions for this booklet, to mirror the most recent in study, fabrics, equipment, issues, and tastes. the result's a finished manual Read more...

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Let’s start at the beginning. Frost walls should be below the frost line of the area where you are building. ) is to have frost walls a minimum of 4 feet deep below grade. It is best to have about 1 foot of the foundation above final grade but you must plan for the final grade to slope away from the house by 2 inches per horizontal foot. Concrete walls can be insulated from the outside or the inside; there is no need to do both. Drain pipe should be installed next to the footings and not on top of them.

However, if your sketch is correct, I think that the original slab dropped because the dirt beneath it was puddled and compacted by the water from the downspout you show there. If this is correct, you should raise the grade to slope away, put a concrete splashblock under the downspout shoe, and make sure that the water is directed away or you may get a repeat. Unless the rec room wall is insulated with mineral fiber, there should be little, if any, damage; it will dry in time. And even if there is fiberglass insulation, since it is not absorbent, the water should run down the fibers to the bottom of the wall.

You may find it stops the leakage and relieves pressure on the basement walls. However, if you choose to go ahead with the crack filling, I would select the one who plans on excavating and filling the cracks outside and injecting inside. It sounds like a more thorough approach for the same price. Crack in a concrete floor Q. Our house was built two years ago. The concrete floor in our unfinished basement has a large crack across it, approximately 1/8 of an inch wide. Is this something that I should be worried about?

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