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rpb942

07:22AM | 01/13/00
Member Since: 01/12/00
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My home is @17 years old and has a wood foundation. The basement is 13' below dirt line with a 3 1/2 foot crawl space under the actual basement floor. Our appraisal comes back far less than what we feel the home is worth in our market. Is this really a problem? Does anyone else have this construction method in their home or know where to get information regarding comparison to concrete or block?
Much thanks for the site!
RB

BV008374

05:53PM | 07/17/15
People who are afraid of wood foundations are uninformed. And there are a lot of blogs that spread the fears of the uninformed. I have lived in a house with a wood foundation for over 25 years in an area with a high water table. I have two neighbors in very close proxmity to my house where their cement basement wall has caved in, one directly across the street from me and the other on the same culdesac. My neighbor to my right had water up to their knees from a 100 year rain just a few weeks after they moved in. Many other neighbors have had water in their basements after many heavy rains, yet my wood foundation basement has remained dry. Why? The highest priority of wood foundations being built is proper drainage. There is 2 feet of rock bed under my house and the design around the house keeps the water away from the wood. Water flows down to the drain tile and is pumped out away from the house.

In addition, wood foundations provide a basement with the smell and feel of another main level floor and not a musty basement smell. They do not conduct the cold so they stay warm in the winter.


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