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Are dug out foundations and addition foundations typically excavated to lower elevations than existing footings?
Yes. That is why this is a job for fully insured professional contractors. The potential for massive failures is quite high.
 
Why do pest control companies shudder when someone decides to dig out an old basement?
It may be due to the works excavating soil which has been injected with highly toxic chemicals. It may also be due to the difficulty in effectively treating the space after construction.
 
Are dug out foundations more vulnerable to water seepage?
Usually. And thatís because there is often no real access to the exterior of the new foundation pieces. This inhibits the application of damp proofing and water mitigation measures.
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Are dug out foundations and addition foundations typically excavated to lower elevations than existing footings?
Yes. That is why this is a job for fully insured professional contractors. The potential for massive failures is quite high.

Why do pest control companies shudder when someone decides to dig out an old basement?
It may be due to the works excavating soil which has been injected with highly toxic chemicals. It may also be due to the difficulty in effectively treating the space after construction.

Are dug out foundations more vulnerable to water seepage?
Usually. And thatís because there is often no real access to the exterior of the new foundation pieces. This inhibits the application of damp proofing and water mitigation measures.

What are dug out foundations?
These are additions or supports for existing foundations for when the earth beneath an existing foundation is excavated.

The old house we are considering has a basement bathroom and the legged tub located there is very dirty. Does this potentially warn of anything?
It could mean that the drains are backing up into the house. If water does back up it will usually rise through the lowest drain, which might be the one for that tub.

We are going to make an offer on an older home which has a legged tub. Are there special concerns with these tubs?
Yes. Observe whether the hardware opens below the flood rim. If it does, that might be a problem because that potable water can be suctioned back into the DWV system. Another potential issue is that that vintage of fixture is associated with lead in the DWV system. Lead in the DWV system is commonly called an incipient code violation, because even if it isnít leaking down, it is expected to be leaking soon. Leaks in lead pipes or joints can be expensive to fully repair.

What does it mean to find caulking around a tub overflow drain?
It probably means that the drain has been leaking and the owner did not want to replace the gasket.

Can plumbing fixtures be custom made?
This was more the rule before the turn of the century. So while it has become less common today, it can absolutely still be done.

Our basement floor has square tiles on it and there are stains around the edges of some of the tiles. What does this indicate?
It probably means that water seepage has impacted those tiles.

How could we know what is beneath the hardwood flooring that has been installed in a remodeled house?
That can be difficult. You might want to pull up a floor register to see if you can find anything beneath that flooring layer.

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