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Basic Construction of a Basement
To install a basement or crawlspace into a home, it’s necessary to dig a hole bigger than the foundation and its walls to seat the structure inside. These steps are as follows:
Once the construction has been completed, some of the soil was dug out of the hole when the foundation was dug is backfilled back in. Often, this is done very quickly and is backfilled with any stones and other debris that was present in the original soil. This can be a big shock to the cement, which usually has a long way to go before it’s cured, and can cause cracks to form. This backfilled soil is looser than the virgin soul around it and will continue to be so for the life of the house. Backfilled soil is looser than the virgin earth and absorbs water more quickly.
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