07:04PM | 09/06/00
Member Since: 08/11/00
6 lifetime posts
Does anyone have any comments on a preserved wood foundation......a friend is considering the purchase of a home with such a foundation....and has little information. Any information will be appreciated.


02:33AM | 09/07/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
There is a post in this section from July 24th, called "Are treated lumber foundations durable". Check it out.


11:58AM | 08/06/15
We built our home in 1987 and were talked into a wood foundation and it cost us an extra $2000. We live in the southern tier of New York State, the foothills of the Catskill mountains. Our area has had 2 major floods in 2006 and 2011. Our house sits on a hillside. We did have water problems in our basement for the first few years, until we had a professional dry basement company put in a self- draining system (no sump pump) in 1994.(The cause of the problems had no relation to the foundation, we have underground springs on the property.) No problems since then and their work is guaranteed for the life of the house (transferable to new owners). Our neighbors all have water in their basements which are damp and musty. We are the ONLY wood foundation in this city. Now it has been near 30 years and we are relocating to another state for family reasons.The advantages we have realized with a wood foundation are lower heating bills, a dry and comfortable basement where our son has been living for 5 years now, Most people remark that it doesn't feel or smell like a basement. We are hoping that prospective buyers will see the proof of the pudding here and not fear buying our home. If we didn't have our only future grandchild 500 miles away, we would not let go of this house! We have had a very comfortable, enjoyable life here.


11:39AM | 10/07/15
My husband and I just got an inspection done on a house (upstate NY) that we are in the process of buying. We found we have the pressure treated wall foundation construction. Doing some research has eased my mind, however, the basement is completely finished but musty, you can tell the owners know it is damp; dehumidifier, furniture on foam blocks, foam backed baseboards...etc. Should this be a complete deal breaker? What is the "self-draining" basement system you speak of? Would we benefit? Should we get an estimate and have it included in our final closing? I am nervous about the mold aspect since I am allergic to it and even got a sinus headache after being in the basement for about 15 minutes.
Any information will help! Thank you!


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