Cottage Foundation

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Posted by: from Ottawa
4/14/2022 at 4:15:12 PM

The backside of my cottage sits on a somewhat old footing , and I had a contractor install screwpiles in the front of cottage. its on a sloppy hill meaning that the back has approx 2 feet wide, 1 side has the slope next to it given me about 2 feet of clearance. so the water from the hill tends to filter against

the cottage and filter through about the middle of cottage. the cottage has a 2 x6 walls as foundation walls and sits on cinder blocks, of course its a dirt crawl space but high enough at the front to 2 feet at the back. Is there a way for me to maybe dig next to the existing cinder blocks maybe 1 foot

enough to install a membrane. Or remove the old wooden foundation wall and install blocks as a foundation, if so i would not be able to dig under frost line since I believe it was built on an old road way, so lots of rocks, help. help

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Date/Time4/23/2022 at 10:53:04 AM

this is very old style of building. as long as the foundation wall of wood is not getting water on it, touching the soil or moisture damage I would not worry about it, the crawl space soil has been getting wet for the last 60-100 years is my guess?...However if the foundation wall of wood is getting any moisture, it must be replaced as it will eventually rot and collapse over many years and same with the foundation if it is deteriorating. The house can be lifted then the bottom, dug out and redone (a costly project)...if it is of concern get a basement engineer to take a look and advise is best course.

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