3 tips to avoid foundation problems


House foundations can cause huge problems if you build them wrong. Water is the enemy here, and a few recommendations can avoid a lot of problems in the future:

  • Implement a proper grading

You have to ensures water cannot directly reach the base of your house and foundation walls. Grade the terrain about 6 inches in 10 feet soil to slope away from your home.

  • Drain water AWAY from your house

Remember that soils can expand a lot, and here in New England we have soils with a lot of humidity in the winter times also. Install a drainage system with 4″ perforated pipes that are at least 12″ (1 foot) away from the foundation walls.

  • Use insulation in the floor of your living basement

If you plan to have a living basement area don’t forget to use an insulation system in your floor also. A 2″ polyurethane is a good choice, but is also a little bit more expensive. You can also use crushed stone with a vapor retarder in the top of it.

insulation below ground floor slab

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