Basements Backfill removed to waterproof basement

Published on November 23rd, 2016 | by Henri

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Removing backfill from basement wall

Q.  If I were to remove a four-foot-wide section of backfill down to the footer in order to expose the block wall for waterproofing purposes, how would it affect the integrity of the wall? Is it possible or probable of any structural damage to the house?

A.  If done by hand, there should not be any problem. If done by machine, extreme care is needed not to put any pressure on the wall. It is best to dig leaving a foot or two of dirt against the wall and to complete the job by hand. Much of the remaining dirt is likely to fall off as the digging gets deeper.
Backfill should be done in layers and the dirt tamped by foot with minimum pressure on the wall.Back

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