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Foundations & Floors - Basements

The guides on this page have information about basements. Guides are presented in alphabetical order. Use the filters to the right of the page to further focus your search based on construction type or keywords.


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Guide describing how to install a capillary break to help manage moisture in foundations.

Guide describing how to install a capillary break under a slab foundation using either polyethylene sheeting or rigid insulation installed over aggregate or over sand and geotextile matting.

Guide describing how to apply water management strategies to below grade walls.

Guide describing installation of sump pumps in the basement or crawlspace of a home.

Guide describing how to properly grade a site so water will not saturate the soil, and penetrate into the foundation.

Guide describing how to help drain water away from the perimeter footing.

Vapor retarders can be a crucial part of the building envelope and can help manage moisture issues to keep the home dry. However, before installing a vapor retarder, installers must be aware that in some instances vapor retarders can increase the likelihood of condensation issues.

Guide describing the need for covers on sump pumps in the basement or crawlspace of a home.