From the 1950s through the '80s — before poured concrete became the norm — many homes in northern New England were built with concrete block foundations. Unfortunately, block isn't the best material for a long-lasting foundation in this area. Frost pressure, melting snow, and heavy clay soil put a lot of stress on block walls, and I see the resulting damage every day. Our company, Tri-State Basement Systems in Berlin, Vt., specializes in waterproofing and repairing leaking and damaged foundations.

On a recent job, we were called to the home of a retired couple. The long side of their house had bowed in about 3 inches in the center, and the short section of wall next to the garage door had sunk several inches. When cracks in the plaster started showing up, they gave us a call.

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