Frost action and foundations

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Series titleCanadian Building Digest; no. 182
Physical description5 p.
Subjectfrost; foundations; heave; building failures; Basements and foundations
AbstractIn most parts of Canada the ground freezes during the winter months to depths varying from a few inches in mild areas to several feet in colder regions. Such ground freezing can lead to heaving of buildings located above or adjacent to it. The forces involved can be very destructive to lightly- loaded structures and cause serious problems in major ones. This Digest outlines the causes of frost action, some of the construction problems it presents, and the steps that may be taken to control it.
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PublisherDivision of Building Research. National Research Council Canada
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
NoteAussi disponible en français : Action du gel sur les fondations
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number638
NPARC number20330318
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Record identifierca79b35f-da41-4320-a260-eefb8e751e43
Record created2012-07-18
Record modified2016-05-09
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