Hello all! I am new here and new to the old house game. I just bought a Victorian farmhouse in Durham, NC. It is a lovely home, I am living in it while doing some work to it. I am trying to mitigate 3 puddles that form under the house after heavy rain. The house sits on brick piers and now has a cinder-block curtain wall between them. I've dug down next to the house some, and wondered how far down to the brick piers normally go? Also it seems as though the curtain wall consists of: below grade, gravel, 2 inches of concrete, then at ground level or slightly below a thin block with holes laid on its side, then the normal cinder-block stack on top. Is this normal? I was thinking we may need to put french drains around the house, but now I'm scared there isn't enough holding the house up and if we dig along the outer wall we might cause more issues. Below I've posted some photos.
She's standing pretty straight. The floors inside all sag toward the center, but I think thats normal for the long joist span in these old homes. They guestimate the front portion of the house to be 1890s and the rear to be 1909-1910 ($400 mortgage document as evidence of an addition).
here's the block curtain wall.... see the "hole in the wall" with dirt where a skinny cinder-block is on its side?
when I reference "skinny cinder-block" this is what I mean.... http://www.lowes.com/pd_10382-69478-4X8X16+HW+BLOCK_4294858233__?productId=3306764&Ns=p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&pl=1¤tURL=%3FNs%3Dp_product_qty_sales_dollar%7C1&facetInfo=