My husband and I are building our first home. My father insists that we should put five feet of gravel around the outside perimeter of the basement walls in order to minimize basement water problems, prevent the sump pump from running excessively, and prevent basement flooding.
The builder claims that five feet is excessive and will not be beneficial. As standard, the house will be built with one foot of gravel, and the builder advises that we put only an additional foot of gravel to ease the concerns expressed by my father.
This issue has caused a tremendous problem. On the one hand, I do not want to risk a leaky basement. On the other I do not want to put money into the ground that does not benefit me when it could be put into other areas of the house. However, if I do disregard my father's advice, I have no doubt that he will take it quite personnally.
I would greatly appreciate some additional advice on this issue so that I can make an educated decision and move forward with the house.
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