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Soil next to side of house soft, water leaking into basement.

Soil next to side of house soft, water leaking into basement.


Old 07-17-13, 07:24 AM
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Soil next to side of house soft, water leaking into basement.

The soil next to the side of my house is very soft. When it rains hard, water leaks through the foundation into the basement. When it is dry, the soil is still soft. I live in VA. The soil is mostly clay. The side could definitely use some grading. Is it okay to put some fill dirt on top of the soft soil and grade it away? Will that help? Also will putting mulch or gravel on top of that dirt help with the water problem?
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Old 07-18-13, 07:28 PM
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Correcting the pitch will help if there are no cracks in the foundation. Look more closely at the foundation. Even hairline cracks can be a problem. Also check the rain gutters.
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Just regrading may or may not work.
The foundation needed to be water proofed, all penetrations needed to be sealed.
Working gutters with down spouts leading away from the foundation.
Grade needs to be at least 6" from the siding.

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