What to look for onsite: Footings at DPC level 

The second instalment of our #whattolook4onsite series moves on from foundations to footings at DPC level.

Take a look at the picture below and see if you can figure out what we would be looking for and think about the following:

  • Would you be happy with the work as shown?
  • If not, what remedial actions are needed and what advice would you give?

Read on further to find out what our experts would say.



From the picture you should be able to see that the following problems are present:

  • The concrete cavity fill is too high in relation to the DPC position (It should be at least 225mm below the DPC)
  • The DPM has been cut too short in various places to be able to allow it to lap correctly into the horizontal DPC

For more information take a look at our 8 handy hints for installing horizontal DPC


Please Note: Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication. Any written guidance provided does not replace the reader’s professional judgement and any construction project should comply with the relevant Building Regulations or applicable technical standards. However, for the most up to date LABC Warranty technical guidance please refer to your Risk Management Surveyor and the latest version of the LABC Warranty technical manual.


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