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The foundations of the house is the most important part of your build structure, if this part is not done properly it could cause you severe problems in the future with your build. There are different methods of building the foundation as you can find out below, but whatever method you choose always make sure that qualified professionals are putting the foundations down for you and always make sure that you have a certified engineer or architect on hand to check and make sure that the job is done correctly.

Things to consider before the foundation is constructed;

It is generally recommended that the concrete poured should have a strength of at least 25 N/mm2 for house foundations reinforced with RSB’s (Reinforced Steel Bars), but make sure that your qualified engineer or architect has specified exactly the level they would recommend and check the strength on paperwork when the concrete is delivered before it is poured. Remember, foundation is the most important part and it does not harm to double check everything in order to avoid any future problems.

Types of Foundations;

Whatever method you choose to construct the foundation, make sure that the contractor is fully insured against any problems that might arise in the future.

Tip; Never dig for the foundation in the rain, the walls will collapse and the trenches will be full of water before you have the chance to pour the ready mix.

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