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Old 03-14-2014, 12:22 PM   #1
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Hello, with the spring melt this year I am having water leak into my basement. There is a pool of water a few feet from my house. So this spring/beginning of summer I am planning on increasing the slope by my house.

Here is my plan. Let me know if this sounds good or any advice.

1.Lay decorative brick to outline the flower bed. I'm thinking the brick will stick out of the ground some so it is visible. Not sure how high yet.

2.Bring in dirt and increase the grade from house to top(near top) of brick. Thinking 5% slope should work.

3. Lay fabric, and then lay mulch on top.

Questions I have.
If I grade the soil 5%, does the mulch have to be graded at that too? Can that be even? or maybe just a lesser slope?

Would putting in a french drainage system in be overkill? And if not over kill I was thinking of putting that in the middle of the flowerbed 2 to 3 feet from foundation and only like a foot deep.

Let me know what you guys think.

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Hello, with the spring melt this year I am having water leak into my basement. There is a pool of water a few feet from my house. So this spring/beginning of summer I am planning on increasing the slope by my house.

Here is my plan. Let me know if this sounds good or any advice.

1.Lay decorative brick to outline the flower bed. I'm thinking the brick will stick out of the ground some so it is visible. Not sure how high yet.

2.Bring in dirt and increase the grade from house to top(near top) of brick. Thinking 5% slope should work.

3. Lay fabric, and then lay mulch on top.

Questions I have.
If I grade the soil 5%, does the mulch have to be graded at that too? Can that be even? or maybe just a lesser slope?

Would putting in a french drainage system in be overkill? And if not over kill I was thinking of putting that in the middle of the flowerbed 2 to 3 feet from foundation and only like a foot deep.

Let me know what you guys think.
Ayuh,....#1, yer buildin' a Dam at the top,..??

#2, most of the time, the grade is Already too high, ya might consider Removin' material, rather than addin' material,....

#3, Yer fabric, 'n mulch should be figured in, Before ya start,....
Not added after the fact,...

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Not sure how that would be a dam at top. Here is what it would look like, but not as high as the pic.

If I'm building it up, I'd have to add dirt to the front and back. More build up at the house to create the slope.


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I know, not think that having a flower bed or mulch piled up against a foundation is a sure way to hold in moisture, not direct it away.
Posting a picture is a great way to show us what your looking at.
A French drain is a great idea.
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