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A Solid Foundation: What Makes the Best Basement Foundation for a Newly Built Home

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 28 May 2019 14:48

Including a basement in your home design is a great way to increase the overall living space, but this add-on can be tricky if you aren’t careful. Well before you break ground, you need to plan out every step in this process in order to avoid expensive problems down the road. 

Start with the Soil Prep

Prepping the soil is always going to be a vital part of the construction process, but soil stabilization will be especially important if you are going to be building a basement. When the soil is too moist or improperly compacted, you will end up with alignment issues later on in the build. While you might be able to carry out some of these steps on your own, soil prep should generally be left to professional contractors who have the proper tools and training. 

Spend Time on the Footings

Even if quite a bit of time is spent stabilizing the soil, you are still going to need solid footings under the foundation. A footing is essentially an anchor for the foundation, and the regulations for footings are very complex. Before you lay your footings, you will need to research those codes and speak with a local building inspector. An inspector must check your footing placement before you pour any concrete.

The Importance of Waterproofing

How much time you spend on waterproofing is going to depend on a few different factors. At the very least, you will need to waterproof the foundation itself with a concrete sealant and high-grade caulk. If you plan on turning your basement into a living space, then you will need to seal the walls as well. A masonry waterproofing product must be applied to the interior walls to prevent moisture from getting in. You will also need to use paint that was specifically designed to repel moisture. 

Install a Sump Pump

Placing a layer of drainage rocks will allow the groundwater to drain away, but a major rainstorm could result in complete soil saturation. To prevent unnecessary water damage in your basement, you should consider installing a sump pump. Your sump pump is going to turn on as soon as moisture is detected, and it will prevent excess water from pooling in your basement. Installing a sump pump is a relatively easy project as long as you carry it out before the rest of the home is built. 

Throughout this process, you need to make sure that you adhere to all building guidelines and regulations. A local inspector will check your progress quite often, and you might end up with huge fines if the basement and foundation aren’t up to code.

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