Construction on my house will soon start and I have a question. There is a slope in my lot from right to left allowing my basement to have a walkout on the left side of the house (facing it) therefore the footings step down to get bellow frost level at the walkout area. At the walkout the land levels out so draining the drain tile to daylight is not an option so it will be going to a sump. Obviously the walkout area doesn’t need drain tile but the front back and right side of the house will. My question is how do you handle the stepped footings? If you step the tile down along side the footings the sump would have to be very deep, or do you back fill the stepped area to the level of the rest of the house and then install your drain tile (since there will be equal fill on the interior of the basement to get to slab level). Any comments on this would be greatly appreciated.
PS Before anyone says it I know draining to daylight is the best way any I am trying my darndest to do so and I miss spelled stepped footings on the topic line(ack)
Edited 8/13/2004 3:01 pm ET by Jack -O-Trades