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The dense, elastic clay of the Oak Ridge Moraine surrounding the foundation of this house with no below-grade drainage or insulation has caused the garage of this house to be lifted due to Frost Heave or "Ad-Freeze". This is where frost forms in the succeptible, elastic clay backfill both inside and outside the garage foundation. With no drainage in this soil, the recent extremely cold winters have caused a relatively new phenomenon. The damage includes broken foundation wall of the garage, cracked brick-work with permanent gaps opening up vertically and horizontally and a fragmented garage floor which may or may not be sinking or heaving. The house's brick veneer behaves much like a cardboard box does when you lift one corner of it - the whole box twists and torques. This causes peripheral damage to the brickwork and foundation around the perimeter of the house which is easily spotted.
Through work in conjunction with a Certified Structural Engineer, Clarke Basement Systems has developed a cutting-edge, SANCTIONED solution for this problem. Please contact us for a proper, no-charge inspection of your home.
Engineer: K.H. Davis