02:18AM | 11/06/03
Member Since: 12/01/02
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We are looking to put an addition on our existing house. Local codes dictate that we cannot alter the footing drains within 25 feet of our well which happens to be 6 feet from the house. There is only an 8 foot length of wall that we will be building within the 25 foot range. I would like to put a footer there but am curious as to the consequences of not having a footer drain for that section. The area is relatively level with quite a bit of ledge. It is likely we'd hit ledge before hitting the desired depth of the footer.

I should also say that we are not digging a full basement in this area and are content with a small crawlspace.

Any input would be appreciated.

[This message has been edited by fragasaurus (edited November 06, 2003).]


05:00PM | 11/08/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
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The purpose of a perimeter drain is to lead ground water away from the foundation before it gets inside. It is likely that a poured wall directly on ledge will leak some anyway. if it is an excessive amount, you would simply need to install a sump pump to discharge it.
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