Most Common Basement Construction

Cinder Block Basement Wall

When Tom’s Basement Waterproofing is conducting a basement waterproofing job, we always have to factor in how your basement was constructed in the first place. By determining basement construction, we are able to fine-tune your basement waterproofing process so it works best for your home or business.

  • Block or Masonry Walls
  • Poured Concrete
  • Precast Panels

Let’s go over the difference between these three, and how they impact your basement waterproofing job.

Block or Masonry Walls

This is the least expensive option for basement construction. This type of wall formation is created from cinderblocks, and takes up a lot less time for basement contractors, as opposed to the other methods of basement construction. However, block and masonry is not the strongest method of basement construction, and steel rebar is often used to reinforce strength into the foundation.

Poured Concrete

This is the most common form of basement construction, and is found in many modern homes. Most homeowners prefer this method, as it is the most stable form of basement foundation. Poured concrete is implemented by placing the footing into the basement foundation. Once this has set, forms are created to hold the poured concrete together and into the walls, as the concrete dries. As the strongest basement foundation choice, this is the one Tom’s Basement Waterproofing works with the most often.

Precast Panels

Believe it or not, basement construction is not always conducted directly at the site of your home or business! This is where precast panels come in. Precast panels are basement wall constructions that are molded together offsite. Once the walls are constructed, they are moved to their permanent location, and placed on footers. While this type of basement construction is extremely strong, it is not often practiced, as it can be very expensive to produce.

Regardless of your specific basement foundation type, issues are bound to arise over time. Concrete basements are more prone to bowing, while other forms are more susceptible to moisture issues and water seepage. If you notice that your basement foundation is starting to weaken over the years, give us a call at Tom’s Basement Waterproofing and we’ll come out for a personal inspection on how to get your home or business back in the best shape possible! (586) 776-7270