House Foundation (cont., pg. 11)

 

Things You Should Watch For


- Measure locations of the water and drain lines which come up through the floor.



They’re supposed to come up in the center of a wall, not three inches outside of it.



- If any wiring goes under the floor (probably to an island cabinet in the kitchen) make sure conduit is in place before concrete is poured.

 

If your house will be bricked, your foundation contractor should know this. He will pour a “brick ledge”.

Top of concrete forms should be about a foot or more above surrounding ground.


This allows room to slope the soil away from the house, allowing good drainage.

 

 

 

For crawlspace foundations, scrape off any grass in the area that will be enclosed by block walls ─ before block is laid.


The crawlspace should have at least 24” from ground to floor level ─ that’s three courses of eight-inch concrete block.

Four courses is better, but will cost a little more.

 

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