Types of basements:
Masonry , Poured Concrete Basements, Precast Panel Basements
Poured Concrete wall basements are by far the most popular type of basement construction.
Poured Concrete Wall Basement
Here are some of the benefits of poured concrete walls:
Solid concrete is better able to resist cave-ins caused by lateral pressures of water, earth, and wind.
More fire resistance-because solid concrete is dense and is joint free.
More resistant to water-concrete has fewer and smaller voids than concrete block
For more benefits visit the Wisconsin Ready Mix Association or the Concrete Foundations Association.
Masonry Wall Construction – the basement walls are made with masonry block units. There are many joints where the masonry units connect to each other so make sure your basement is properly reinforced and the walls are waterproofed (not dampproofed) to avoid water seepage.
Precast panel Basements are poured concrete panels lifted into place with a crane. See Superior Walls website for a description of this procedure.
Call your local building department and ask them what type of basement construction they recommend and that they hear few or no complaints about
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