Will the blasting vibrations damage my foundation?

The foundation is the strongest part of a house. Vibration standards are designed to protect the weakest parts of the house, such as plaster and drywall. Ground vibrations strong enough to crack foundations consisting of concrete and masonry would far exceed the limits set by typical standards.
The U.S. Bureau of Mines published RI 8507 in 1987 detailing what happens to a home as a result of ground vibration from surface mine blasting.  The study concluded that typical human activity such as slamming a door or pounding a nail into a wall creates strains in a residence well in excess of those corresponding to typical low-level blast vibrations.

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1. Do you allow schools to tour the quarry?
2. Why do quarries and contractors have to blast?
3. How can I be notified when blasting is going to occur?
4. Why do I feel the blasting?
5. How does the blasting company protect my property?
6. What are safe vibration standards for blasting near homes?
7. Does continuous blasting cause damage to my home, even if the blasts are within the allowable limits?
8. Will the blasting vibrations damage my foundation?
9. Will the blasting vibrations damage my water well/cistern/septic tank?
10. How will the blasting affect my pets?
11. What regulations will you follow?
12. What will you do to control dust and other emissions?
13. How does Rawson mitigate dust and pollution created by quarrying or mining?