DIY brick foundation

Red brick has been used for construction for quite a long time, however, despite the fact that many other building materials have been produced, it is successfully used for the construction of load-bearing walls of houses, as well as for the foundation, although this is done less often now than before. If you chose this material and decided to make a brick foundation with your own hands, then it is important to know in what conditions it can be used, and what types of foundation do with it.

What you need to know about the soil

DIY brick foundation Types of soil

Different areas, even in one locality, the type of soil may differ significantly. Let's call several species:

  1. Loose.
  2. Average heaving.
  3. Non-lumpy.

In order to understand what kind of soil in the area, you need to know how it differs. A soil is called puffy, which freezes increases in volume. This phenomenon occurs because ice crystals appear in it. This is facilitated by both the composition and level of groundwater, as well as the composition of the soil consisting of pebbles, sand, clay and gravel. The heaving level of the soil depends on the size of the particles of which it consists. Values ​​are mutually proportional - the highest heaveiness of the soil with smaller particles that are included in its composition, but accurate data on the quality and composition of the soil can be obtained only in the laboratory.

Choice of brick

DIY brick foundation Red solid brick

Most often used for this purpose used brick, remaining after the dismantling of a building. This is, in general, not bad, as he passed the test of time, but it must be borne in mind that now he has to be in a wet environment. Therefore, a perforated or slit red brick cannot be used for these purposes. The ideal option would be to use corpulent baked red brick (ceramic). It is resistant to moisture, durable, but requires additional waterproofing, which will significantly extend its life.

How does a red clay brick differ from a silicate brick? The basis for the manufacture of silicate bricks is taken a special breed, which is pressed and baked under high pressure steam. This makes the silicate brick able to withstand very large loads, but on the condition that there is no moisture. Such a brick in water limp, losing strength and shape. Red clay brick is burned in special furnaces, becoming an artificial stone that is not afraid of moisture. This technology is similar to the technology of obtaining ceramics. Essentially, they are related, therefore, in order to make a brick foundation, facing brick is also suitable, if, of course, the plant guarantees that it is resistant to moisture.

Device depending on the type of soil

DIY brick foundation Columnar brick foundation

After determining the type of soil, you can choose a suitable foundation for it and start preparatory work.

The best conditions for building a brick foundation with your own hands are possible only on non-dull and dry soils. Such a device is most often used for under construction, mostly one-story buildings, the foundation can serve more than 25 years.

An ideal option for non-refractory soil is a shallow strip foundation. On a soil that has an average heaving, you can make a column base (for light structures), and on a heaving one you need to make a deep strip foundation, digging a trench deeper than the level of soil freezing.

Tape foundations

DIY brick foundation Tape foundations made from bricks

As non-refractive soil is found infrequently, we will consider how to independently make the recessed strip and columnar foundations.

For the first you need:

  1. Dig a trench of the desired depth.
  2. At its bottom make a sand pillow and tightly tamp.
  3. Make waterproofing the sole base.
  4. Make a concrete sole.
  5. Lay the brick with reinforcement. Cement layer should be minimal.

Only in this case, the properly made foundation will not be afraid of deformation, respectively, the cost of it will also be increased, but this is not the case when you can save or experiment.

Especially, you need to pay attention to reinforcement. For these purposes, steel rods Ø 6-8 mm are used, which must be completely hidden in the cement mortar, otherwise they will quickly rot. It is necessary to make 2 belts with 2 rods in each, at a distance of half a brick from the edge, and bend the ends at the corners so that perpendicular rods can be tied with overlap, but their length must be at least 30 cm.

The columnar foundation of brick is made a little differently.

The device of such a foundation, as well as a strip one, can be made shallowly buried or on weak heaving layers with depths made below the freezing depth. In any of these cases, the brick column is able to withstand a very large load.

Columnar Foundation

DIY brick foundation Brick Foundation

Let's start in order:

  1. For each pillar, you need to dig a hole 1 * 1 m. The depth is determined by the type of soil and the required thickness of the foundation, calculated on the weight of the structure.
  2. Fill the bottom of the pit with sand and tamp it down.
  3. Level the site with a mortar to a horizontal level.
  4. Lay a roofing material over the tie. This will serve to protect the brick from penetrating moisture from below.
  5. Directly on the ruberoid, which plays the role of waterproofing, build a column of brick.

Similarly, all the columns that can be made rectangular or square are made. To improve strength, it would be nice to lay a reinforcing mesh every 3-4 rows of masonry. The most powerful pillars (51 * 51 cm) are made at the corners of the future building, others can be made smaller (38 * 38 cm), at intervals of 1.5-2 m. The height of the pillar above ground level is between 15-20 cm, it is plastered and after drying it is coated with hot bitumen. We lay ruberoid on each column and start building. Do not forget that all the pillars should be on the same level.

The column foundation cannot be left without load for a long time, because the processes occurring in the soil can deform them. Therefore, if its construction began in the summer, then do not leave it unloaded for the winter. Try to finish mounting the main structures at temperatures above zero.

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