Can Footings and Exterior Walls Be Left Exposed for Remainder of Winter?
I’m about to put up rigid, R-10 insulation on the exterior walls and am thinking about the next step of backfilling. Unfortunately, I’m at the point where I don’t completely trust what my dirt and foundation contractors are telling me.
The original plan was to use fill material that’s on site, which is mostly sandy, typical New Hampshire soil (very little, if any clay). At this point, however, we’ve had more rain than snow and warm temperatures in the last week so everything on site is super wet. I’m loath to truck in more fill material as I just got the bill for material trucked in earlier.
Can the footings and exterior walls be left exposed if I don’t start framing until spring? Are there ways to protect the footings and walls without backfilling? (certainly, the rigid insulation will help, but then that insulation would also be exposed).
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