Most residential concrete-foundation systems will come into contact with the ground and face moisture-management and heat-loss issues. Protecting the foundation of the home starts with the right barrier.
When high waters surge and swirl around a home’s foundation, it is critical to keep the slab anchored to the ground. Stem walls protect against uplift by connecting the foundation down into the ground.
Proper site preparation is essential for construction. Each step follows a natural progression through investigation, approval and action until utilities, water and sewer or septic are placed and a foundation is laid for the new home.
Here's what builders know about foundation problems—and what they look for when things go wrong.