Foundation Stabilization and Repair/bentonite

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What are the negatives associated with injecting bentonite into the soil around the perimeter of my two story home to keep water from weeping through cinder block walls into the basement during heavy rain in addition to an interior Drainage channel within  the slab edge.  House in northern Virginia.

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Hello Ellen
The negatives are quite severe: Bentonite would absolutely destroy a block foundation in the very first rain storm or snow melt.
The only way Bentonite can be controlled is by keeping it bone dry!
The only way to absolutely insure safety and dryness of a block foundation is to establish positive grade slope away from all edges of the foundation and divert surface storm water out and away from the building.
Whatever you do, DO NOT introduce Bentonite or any other expansive clay to the soil, especially anywhere close to a block foundation!
I would strongly recommend working with soil and drainage experts when you go about solving your seepage problems. Be very careful about suggestions from anyone that has limited knowledge or experience.
I wish you the best!
Respectfully          Ed Eckley

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I will be happy to answer any questions regarding foundation problems of any type. Questions pertaining to construction methods, Problematic soils, Settling & Movement, Frame torsion & racking, Preventative measures, Repair methods of all types.

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Over 18 years in the industry. A.S.M.E. Certified,(American Society of Mechanical Engineering). Hydraulics Design Expert. 18 years of hands on soil manipulation. Over 500 homes repaired, and over 20 commercial buildings repaired. Extensive soil knowledge. Familiar with most types of repair methods and the expected results of each.

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High School Graduate 1976 Trade School Graduate 1976 College Graduate 1978

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Certificates of achievment: Excel Industries Letters of appreciation: City of Golden Awards & Plaques: Jacobsen Turf Division

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