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Old 07-12-2017, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Early builders soon learned that houses in northern anywhere needed footings that extended below the frost line to remain stable during the winter. Once it was realized that trenches were needed it was simpler to dig our the whole footprint and build the foundation walls around the perimeter. In many places this created a shallow well that the owners fought to keep the water out of. Good footing drains are mandatory. This is still happening. Recently there has been a fuss about Radon gas seeping out of the ground and collecting in the basement. Some people install venting systems. I just stay out of the basement except to load and unload the washing machinery.


I would never recommend a slab house in this far or further North. Basements are annoying but are just part of living around here. Living with a heated floor seems to be a mixed blessing according to my in-laws that live much further north.
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Old 07-12-2017, 06:12 PM
 
Location: peace valley
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their are tons of slab houses in Huston Texas. radiate heat is wonderful if installed correctly. back in the 50's to 80's most rh systems were installed with one or two zones with copper or steel pipe that the lime in the concrete would eat the pipe after 20+ years. today with pex pipe and multi zone systems can't get any better than that in cold climates. nothing than working out in the cold all day and laying on a warm floor.most people will not spend the money for radiate heat and ac.
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