There is a concrete foundation repair company in my part of the U.S. that claims to have “written the book” on how it should be done. They like to use the phrase “we wrote the book, literally” in their advertising. It seems the founder of the company was not only a professional engineer but also a rather prolific and expert writer on the topic of concrete foundation repair. Robert Wade Brown is the name.
They say knowledge is power and if you’d like to arm yourself with with some know-how before you call the structural engineer or hear the contractor’s sales pitch, here is where you can get that book and others. I’m not saying they are summer vacation page turners but if you think you might be spending a bunch of money for foundation repair, having an idea of what goes on during the process is a good thing. And you can impress your neighbors with your new found smarts.
Foundation Repair Manual
The #1 guide to foundation repair This book offers the most authoritative source of information on repairing damaged foundations, with excellent advice on maintenance and preventative measures designed to avoid the need for repair. You get state-of-the-art methods in foundation repair;clear guidance on choosing the right methods for the job; up-to-date techniques for preventing, evaluating, and reversing damage from expansive soils; expert instruction in hands-on techniques such as shimming interior pier caps and underpinning perimeter beams; help with mudjacking, deep pressure grouting, and chemical stabilization; foundation troubleshooting tips; preventative measures, including drainage, moisture barriers, and vegetation control; establishing the need for repair – plus help with estimates.
Has Your House Got Cracks
This guide provides practical guidance for homeowners whose properties have been affected by subsidence, or heave, or who are concerned by the potential risk of damage. The first, best-selling, edition dealt specifically with the problems associated with properties founded on shrinkable clay soils, and was reprinted many times. The second edition has been expanded to include sections on other types of subsidence and causes of damage that are unrelated to foundation movement. It also looks at the potential problems that can arise when buying or selling a property that has previously been affected by subsidence. Contents include: Frequently asked questions; Causes of cracking; Causes of subsidence and heave; How your house is built; Preventing Damage; Subsidence to a neighboring property; Recognizing subsidence damage; Making a claim; The investigation; Monitoring The solution; Does my house need to be underpinned?; Different types of underpinning; Having the work done; What if things go wrong; and Buying and selling.
The Day the House Fell
This is a book on soils and how they support hillsides, walls, streets, and houses. Using a unique blend of humor with technical facts, the author provides the layperson with a very down-to-earth guide to what he might need to know when it comes to building, buying, or owning a house. It covers such topics as landslides, expansive soils, quicksand and collapsible soils. For additional help, each chapter ends with a useful “Summary of Important Points .” Therefore, anyone involved in owning, building, or selling a home will find this book useful. The following link will provide more information. The Day the House Fell