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03:22PM | 11/19/12
Member Since: 11/19/12
1 lifetime posts
So I have rather a large issue here. Please stick with me in the reading... My house is roughly 30 years old. It is a bi-level home with a brick front, and fascia (spelling?) on the other 3 sides. I had a few very small cracks in the foundation walls which I paid a company to come fix. However, the land the house sits on seems to be a large cause on this next issue. For the front of the house, we have no water leaking in. However, the other three sides leak with a heavy rain where it appears the foundation wall tops meet the fascia. On that problem, the front, back, and right side of our land all angle towards the house with no draining. The city says we cannot re-grade the land because if we do and it causes issues to a neighbor, we will have to pay for it. So we are trying to figure out at least how to keep the house from flooding inside. Thoughts?

The only thought I can come up with is possibly digging up around the 3 sides of the home that leak and pouring concrete walls up a bit higher than the current ground and then bricking the rest of the house. I am not sure bricking is even necessary, or if this concept will work. I can provide photos or whatever needs but I am desperate for assistance! Thank you for reading and for any replies in advance!



10:35AM | 12/05/12
Member Since: 12/05/12
4 lifetime posts
Wow, you have a lot going on. First, you should install an exterior drainage system to redirect the water on a surface level. This will help issues caused by the land directing water to the house. Next, you want to fill in the gap between the fascia and the foundation wall meets. Use a flexible polyurethane that will bond to both materials. A crack filler and hydraulic cement just won't cut. Next, you want to seal the basement walls and floor with a penetrating sealer. I would look into Foundation Armor products - that's what the contracts use. As far as the drain goes, you can rig up your own by visiting a Home Depot or Lowe's.

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