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Teresa575

03:30PM | 07/23/00
Member Since: 07/22/00
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We have a 23 yr old home, split level w/attached garage and a wood foundation. The wood is rotten. How do we even begin to figure out how to replace the whole foundation? What do we need to do ahead of time to prepare?

sonyan

03:17PM | 02/28/01
Member Since: 02/27/01
3 lifetime posts
Hi Theresa,
I'm sorry I don't have an answer to your question, but we were considering a wood foundation and was curious about your situation. I have not heard of wood foundations rotting unless they were not pressure treated and/or correctly installed. I am not doubting your situation. I was just wondering if you would give me more info, like the section of the country you live in, the backfill used, and what was used to wrap the wood. Did you put in the wood foundation or was it there when you bought it? Thanks for your help! This certainly gives me pause in considering putting a wood foundation in!

sonyan

03:17PM | 02/28/01
Member Since: 02/27/01
3 lifetime posts
Hi Theresa,
I'm sorry I don't have an answer to your question, but we were considering a wood foundation and was curious about your situation. I have not heard of wood foundations rotting unless they were not pressure treated and/or correctly installed. I am not doubting your situation. I was just wondering if you would give me more info, like the section of the country you live in, the backfill used, and what was used to wrap the wood. Did you put in the wood foundation or was it there when you bought it? Thanks for your help! This certainly gives me pause in considering putting a wood foundation in!

sonyan

03:18PM | 02/28/01
Member Since: 02/27/01
3 lifetime posts
Hi Theresa,
I'm sorry I don't have an answer to your question, but we were considering a wood foundation and was curious about your situation. I have not heard of wood foundations rotting unless they were not pressure treated and/or correctly installed. I am not doubting your situation. I was just wondering if you would give me more info, like the section of the country you live in, the backfill used, and what was used to wrap the wood. Did you put in the wood foundation or was it there when you bought it? Thanks for your help! This certainly gives me pause in considering putting a wood foundation in!

rpxlpx

03:36AM | 03/08/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
Sorry, I don't have an answer either, but I would like to comment. I have read that wood foundations are guaranteed for 30 years. I think that 30 years is unacceptable. Who wants a house that's only good for 30 years? What about resale value? How many buyers would buy a 10 or 20-year old house that has a wood foundation? Is this property going to appreciate like other real estate? I'm told the soil acidity level makes a BIG difference in how long treated wood lasts. I've seen treated landscaping timbers in this area (Raleigh, NC) that were rotten long before 30 years. I suppose if everything was done right, it's possible for a wood foundation to last pretty much indefinitely, but it would be too much of a concern for me.
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