We poured the footers and built basement walls for our new project last week
As I said earlier, this is venturing into uncharted territory for us as we rarely change the footprint of our flips. Most of the time, it’s too costly and time-consuming. However, this flip was different in that we needed to demolish an old, poorly built porch on the back of the house. Given that the house was less than1,000-square feet, with no basement, we thought it best to add a family room over a basement, which would give us space for all the new mechanicals.
If you’re pouring a footer, I highly recommend the Form-A-Drain system by North American Specialty Products.
This product is truly worthy of a prestigious Fliposaurus Gold Seal of Excellence.
A typical footer is formed up with wood or steel forms. After the cement has cured, the forms are stripped away and a drainage tile must be placed around the footer.
The Form-A-Drain system is comprised of linear sections of plastic that serve as the form for the cement. However, once the cement has cured, the Form-A-Drain sections remain in place, forming a sub-slab perimeter loop around the foundation.
Slots on the exterior side of the plastic enables water to enter the drain and follow a channel to the sump pump. It works on the interior and exterior sides of footer. Form-a-Drain creates parallel, dedicated drainage paths for side walls of the footer, ensuring that water is channeled around the building perimeter.
Form-A-Drain also can be connected to your radon system.
Form-A-Drain comes in 12-foot lengths and has the appearance of dimensional lumber. It comes in sections four -, six-, and eight-inches in height. Also available are a simple coupling system, prefabricated corners, and spacer straps for consistency.
This is a great product. Check it out.