Crawl Space Foundation – No Footing?
Hi All —
I’ve got a 1930s story and a half (Zone 5 — Eastern Iowa) where the previous owner built a 10×20 addition onto the back of the house somewhere around 1960 according to city records. They decided on a flat roof. Unfortunately for me, that meant water infiltration all over the place (should have seen that coming); it needed to be blown up. I decided to do as much as possible to make this place as airtight as possible — since it’s safe to assume that energy and insulation will not be getting cheaper anytime soon. Albeit late in the year, I decided to get the crawlspace foundation tackled first. I was getting the foundation all dug out to put in a footing drain when after digging and digging — we hit no footer.
Nearest we can tell, the original contractor dug a trench, filled it with concrete up to ground-level. And then it appears they came back and did an additional pour that had the stamping for the faux brick facade. So, now I have a 4′ tall 8” thick footing? My soil has a lot of clay in it, so I don’t know if that has anything to do with it? We didn’t appear to hit any gravel along the way.
I’m just curious to know if anyone has ever seen this before and has ended well (I’m afraid my endeavor may not). There is copious amounts of cracking in the “upper”(?) foundation, where the form attachments were. I assumed this was water. My plan, then, was to get all the cracks sealed up and put peel ‘n stick and dimple mat to combat the water. But now I think I might have a different problem altogether. Is what I’m describing even code compliant?
I’ll get some pictures posted here shortly.
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