Most homes built in the early to mid 19th Century have a basement built with cinder blocks. With advancements to cement delivery and design, the poured cement wall has become the first choice of homeowners and builders ever since.
Poured cement walls offer greater strength against lateral water pressure and are constructed without joints like those found between blocks. Usually, the only joint with a poured concrete basement is between the floor and the wall. The wall sits on top of the footing and creates a “cove joint.” Having significantly fewer joints than cinder blocks improves the resistance to lateral water pressure and enhances the integrity of your foundation. Adding additional waterproofing will reduce the signs of normal cracking and water leaks over time.