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Can you legally put a footing on fill?

Posted by jb on May 11th, 2001 02:13 PM
In reply to Land Fill - Urent House Pending by charlene M on May 9th, 2001 08:37 PM [Go to top of thread]

Is it already filled or are you going to add fill? I'm not an expert on foundation engineering but I have always operated on the assumption that any standard concrete foundation footing has to be placed on undisturbed soil that is of the proper quality. I have built additions on to houses where the inspector made us dig 12 feet down for piling footings so that we got down below fill and down to the originally undisturbed soil (the house had had a lot of fill added on a sloped area behind the house where we were putting the addition). I could only imagine putting a foundation on fill if it was extensively engineered and approved by the inspector etc. and this would most likely involve extensive compacting at least every 6" by my guess. I would be suprised if most inspectors even allowed it, but then again I have been wrong before...

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