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john Herman

12:17AM | 04/08/03
Member Since: 04/07/03
4 lifetime posts
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I have a large cement patio attached to the back of my house.This patio has been mud jacked once already.
My question is.Is a cement patio more harmfull than not to a house foundation,basement and all that or am i just paranoid?In the area i feel there could be some water leaking but not sure.If there is could it be in my best interest to remove this patio and put in soil and grass, and if so how far down does this usually go and can a person chop it up himself to remove it.
Thank you for your consideration.

treebeard

04:33AM | 04/08/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
264 lifetime posts
As long as the top elevation of the patio is well below the lowest level of wood siding, and as long as the patio slopes away from the house and not back towards it, there shouldn't be any problem.

If the patio is pretty much dead level, or cracked and in poor condition, then there may be water settling into areas of the subgrade that it might not otherwise go. But look at it this way, if you removed the patio after finding that water leaks through the cracks and into the ground below, and then replace the patio with loam and seed...where will the rain water be going then? Right into the ground.

As long as your patio doesn't direct a lot of water back to the house because it slopes the wrong way, you shouldn't have too much to worry about.

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