backfill gravel under footings questions

Started by vanisleliving, February 24, 2023, 12:27:13 AM

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the water line where i am building is at 24" approximately. When I dig past that I get pooling of water.
Should i did a farther 6" and backfill with gravel to bring me up to above the water line by an inch or two or should I just stop digging at 24" and then fill 4-6" of gravel.

putting in 28" bigfoots on the gravel.
foundation for 24x32 cabin with loft


Do you have older structures in the area to pattern?  I'm thinking a well reinforced shallow concrete slab foundation might work.


Is this a seasonal level or mostly all year?  Also is this in a freeze zone?
Just because something has been done and has not failed, doesn't mean it is good design.


If you want to ensure that your foundation remains above the water line, you can dig an additional 6" and backfill with gravel. This will help elevate the foundation above the water level. By adding an inch or two above the water line, you create a buffer to mitigate any potential issues caused by water pooling.