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Though it's an essential step in basement construction, backfilling is all too often done quickly and carelessly, without attention to the details that make for a successful job. But if not done right, backfilling can cause serious foundation problems — problems that can be avoided by taking a few simple precautions. There are four key elements to proper backfilling: 1) Protecting the foundation wall from damage 2) Using the right backfill materials 3) Compacting the backfill 4) Final grading to ensure that water runs away from the foundation Properly done, these four steps help to ensure that a well-built basement functions the way it's supposed to — providing the homeowner with dry, usable living space. Protecting the Wall During Backfilling The surest way