I recently purchased my first home, which was built in 1969. I live in
central Florida. After Huricane Frances blew through, I noticed that there
was some water seeping into the front bedroom from beneath the wall caused
by the fact that there was a lot of standing water on the outside of the
house where that bedroom is. While addressing this issue by running some
drainage pipe from that area out to the edge of the yard, I discovered that
the the house does not seem to have a footer at all. It appears as though
the foundation is just sitting on top of the ground with nothing at all to
'root' it in place and to distribute the weight of the house.
Now I'm at a complete loss as to what to do. Was this building practice
normal in 1969? If not, what recourse do I have? It would seem that every
house in my subdivision was built like this, as I have talked to a few
neighbors who have had similar leakage problems, and another who explicitly
said that he discovered his house had no footer either.
Any input at all would be great. Just buying the house was nerve racking
enough. The prospect of possibly having to pay for repairs or modifications
that I quite simply cannot afford is enough to give me ulcers.
Thanks in advance.