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Posted by Mike in Westminster, CO on 8/8/2010

Once the caissons were drilled and poured, and all the bad soil from deep in those caisson holes was removed from the excavated area of the foundation, the void forms were put in place around the perimeter of the foundation. The void forms are constructed of stiff cardboard, and are placed in between the concrete piers under the foundation walls. The purpose of the void forms is to create a space or "void" between the soil and the bottom of the poured foundation walls. In the event that water were to get down to the bottom of the foundation walls and swell the expansive soils there, the pressure from the swelling will collapse the void forms instead of putting any pressure on the foundation wall itself.

In practice, water should never find its way down to the bottom of the foundation, because of the way the house will be graded, so that any water from rain or snow will be directed away from the foundation. Also, there will be a "French drain" (required by code in Colorado) around the entire perimeter of the foundation, so any water that found it way down that far will be sent away from the house via perforated pipe and gravel.

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Before the void forms
The void forms in place



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