Old 03-26-13, 07:43 PM
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Under my house part of the foundation has the dirt removed from around it. Should there be a trench all around the house foundation?
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Old 03-27-13, 03:35 AM
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Often foundations are exposed in certain areas of crawl spaces. Normally it presents no problem. Are you having water problems? Crawl spaces should be dry, but if not, trenching and pumping may be necessary. More information and pictures may help.
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Here in NC it's common for the footing and foundation wall to not be back filled on the inside. Since the winters are mild the footers don't have to be too deep and the crawl space and footer area is not back filled to maintain the crawl space height required by code. If the footer and foundation wall does go deeper where there may be a lot of back fill on the outside they often fill on the inside to equalize the pressure on the wall but it's not unusual for the dirt on the outside to be a foot or two higher than the dirt in the crawl space.

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