Property Drainage


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Old 04-06-05, 07:05 PM
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I am considering buying a home that is on a relatively steep slope. Inspector says he cant see water damage in the basement, but sees runoff areas along the side of the house. There is also terracing in the yard I guess to slow drainage. Basement seems dry, but a small portion of it was recently redone. Front yard is angled the way it should be, but back angles straight to house. There is about 8 feet of flat ground between the hill and the incline.
Should I be concerned about this before buying? The rest of the house seems nice. Any suggestions for who I could hire to give it a good look?
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Old 04-07-05, 06:09 AM
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What about a Soil Engineer?

I work with a Home Inspector who's an actuall structural engineer. He looked at my house before I purchased and desribed the soil to me.

But I think there is such a thing as an actual Soil Engineer.
 
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Old 04-07-05, 02:29 PM
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Soils Engineering falls under a "Geotechnical Engineer"

Ground water in that situation is mainly delt with in two ways (not to say there arent others)

Either collected at the rear of the house by a buried drainage pipe "french drain" and simply diverted around the house (could explain the runoff on either side) look for a discharge pipe in the side or front yard.

Or routed to a sump in the basement to be pumped out to the storm sewer.

Good Luck!
 
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Old 04-07-05, 08:34 PM
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Thanks for the tip, I'll look into it!
 
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>>>>>>>>>


And to think I was orginally going to call them Dirt Doctors...
 
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Mud slingers...
 
 

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