Ask Your Question

Angie's List Answers is the trusted spot to ask home improvement and health questions and get answers from service companies, health providers and consumers. For ratings and reviews on companies in your area, search Angie's List.

Top 30 Days Experts
Rank Leader Points*
1 kstreett 240
2 Guest_9020487 110
3 Guest_9190926 105
4 GoldenKid 100
5 ahowell 95
6 KnowledgeBase 95
7 skbloom 80
8 Guest_98024861 70
9 Guest_9311297 70
10 Guest_9400529 70

*Updates every 4 hours

Browse Projects By Category

Question DetailsAsked on 9/20/2017

I have two house cinderblock foundations on my property can I use the block as filler to push dirt over on to level

I need the property level and I didn't know if I could use the block instead of hauling it off

Do you have the same question? Follow this Question

2 Answers


If you never intend to build on top I guess you could - though outlawed in most areas to break down the block and push into the hole, because that makes it a landfill. In some areas illegal to bury the foundation too, though not in many I have seen.

Obviously, if a place a house might be built in the future, having open block and voids between the blocks (which the dirt will move into, causing a lot of settlement) is a bad idea - as is having existing wall left in place and end up under a slab-on-grade house.

If you want to leave it, move common thing is to perforate any basement slab with a number of holes (usually just jackhammered) and gravel them over as a filter to prevent pooling of water in the basement (making the fill area a swamp or, after settlement, a pond), knock off the top row or few of blocks with the dozer or backhoe and dsipose of them (or use to build a retaining wall or such, if they were not fully grouted and rebarred) to get the wall below grade a foot or so, then backfill with desired type of fill (typically common fill).

I have also seen the foundation left in place, partly filled all around to bury the wall, and turned into a pond that way (in areas with enough rainfall to do that, or with surface runoff directable to it).

If you leave the foundation in place I would get some measurements from property corners, trees, etc so it can be relocated in the future in case of development plans.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD


BTW - don't forget to check on utility (including any septic sytem connections) terminations - preferably cutting/capping all lines at their source or connection to existing house system (if that is the case) and cutting all electric/communications lines at their source, but at least ensuring they are located and terminated (for pipes) well outside the foundation limits.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

Related Questions

Terms Of Use
Privacy Policy