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Many people think that all basements are the same because they are simply underground extensions of the house. This cannot be further from the truth because basements are different in their design, weaknesses and strengths. Due to its strategic location at the base of the house, it is very important that you carefully select one that will be suitable for your needs. This is because there is a very close relationship between the basement and the foundation of the house, which directly determines the condition of the house. It is important to inspect the basement when you are buying or building a house.

The major types of basement construction

As mentioned, there are different designs of basements and they all vary in their strengths and weaknesses. It is impossible to determine whether you need to have a basement in your house. However, you can list down all the benefits you accrue and the disadvantages of the basement to see whether it is necessary for you to have a basement. When you have decided that you need to have a basement, it is important to then determine the type of basement you will construct. There are four major types of basements;

Poured Concrete

This is the most common type of basement that many people construct today because it is both sturdy and simple to construct. The basement is constructed by first pouring a footing for the foundation and the walls are held by forms to allow them to dry. Leakages rarely happen and when they do, they occur at the joints where the walls and the floor meet.

Concrete Block

This is the cheapest type of basement you can construct. The walls of the basement are made using cinder block and enforced using a steel rebar. In addition to being the cheapest, it also takes a relatively short time to construct. The major disadvantage of this type of basement is that it is highly susceptible to leakages and the water takes a very long time to be released, even after the soil around the basement is completely dry.

Precast Panels

These are walls that are created in another place and they are carried and installed in the site. They are fairly easier to construct even though they are not as popular as the poured concrete types. The major advantage of the precast panels is that they are water-resistant.

Clay or Stone Tile Walls

These are often found when you are buying a house that was constructed a long time ago because they were popular a few decades back. Since they are very susceptible to seepage and leakages, it is important to install a perimeter on the inside to correct this problem.


When you are installing a basement, it is important to ensure that consult first with a good basement construction company. This way, you will be able to get advice on the best type of basement to install for increased efficiency. It is also important to ensure that you hire reputable basement contractors. There are very many basement companies today and you can choose the best basement conversion company to handle all your basement needs.