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Restore Stone Foundations

Updated:2013-12-06 16:58:42
Stonemasons typically built house foundations from large stones to support houses before the advent of concrete block or concrete walls. Foundations begin below the frost line and rise above ground-level to keep building materials off the bare ground, preventing premature rot due to ground moisture and insects. Foundations support a house's crossbeams to keep the house level and stable. Over time and the degradation of what we now consider substandard building materials, cubic stone foundations can crumble and cause structural instability, which requires a professional inspection and repair. Homeowners can tackle cosmetic and minor restoration on their own.
Instructions as follows:
Firstly, wet the stone foundation with a spray from a garden house. If you are cleaning from the interior of a home, spray one 2-foot-by-2-foot section of the foundation at a time with a spray bottle.
Secondly, mix 2 tbsp. of liquid dish soap into a bucket of water. Stir the dish soap and water to blend the ingredients.
Thirdly, dip a scrub brush into the bucket and scrub the limestone foundation to remove excess dirt and debris. Scrubbing the foundation not only restores the stone's visual appeal but also helps to reveal structural defects.
Fourthly, Rinse the soap off the surface of the foundation. Continue to scrub the stones and rinse until all walls are clean inside and outside the house.
Fifthly, place a masonry cold chisel at a low angle to the marble block foundation, almost parallel, to chip away mortar that has dripped and set on the face of the stone.
Sixthly, tap the cold chisel with a masonry hammer lightly to chip large pieces of mortar off the stone face. Continue to chip off sloppy mortar until a surface coating of mortar remains.
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