Originally Posted By: Jeff Tooke
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As an appraiser, I occasionally see residential foundations in the Midwest that have block walls that are cinder block or some type of reddish clay block. I am seeking information on the reddish clay block as well as the cinder block. Are they the same? What are they called? The last house I saw the reddish clay block in was built in 1918. The basement was damp and there was damage to the block in the form of flaking. I would appreaciate comments from anyone with experience in inspecting this type of foundation as to the plusses and minuses. From the appearence it seems the compression strength is not there. Do they eventuall deteriorate? Thanks in advance for your time and comments.