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Old 08-19-2013, 03:06 AM   #1
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I'm trying to improve the grading in our back yard. Due to a flat or sometimes negative grading, water is not flowing away from the house and is causing some of the wood frame of our house to rot. I need to increase the height of the soil against the house but am afraid of putting new soil in direct contact with the house's wood framing (the wood frame extends all the way down to about 2 - 3 inches above the ground). If I put new soil against the wood frame I think I'll just be causing more problems for myself. Is there a way I can safely separate the house frame from the soil with plastic or tar or both? I'll try putting in a French drain later, but my 1st priority is just getting the water flowing towards the right direction. I'm new at this so I'm wondering if this is a job for a landscaper? Any expert opinions are welcomed.

Thanks for any good advice, Steve


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I'm trying to improve the grading in our back yard. Due to a flat or sometimes negative grading, water is not flowing away from the house and is causing some of the wood frame of our house to rot. I need to increase the height of the soil against the house but am afraid of putting new soil in direct contact with the house's wood framing (the wood frame extends all the way down to about 2 - 3 inches above the ground). If I put new soil against the wood frame I think I'll just be causing more problems for myself. Is there a way I can safely separate the house frame from the soil with plastic or tar or both? I'll try putting in a French drain later, but my 1st priority is just getting the water flowing towards the right direction. I'm new at this so I'm wondering if this is a job for a landscaper? Any expert opinions are welcomed.

Thanks for any good advice, Steve
Ayuh,.... That ain't gonna work,...

Ya gotta Lower the grades further away from the house,....

Water flows downhill, yer plan just moves the dam back to the house,...

The wood Can't be sub-grade,....

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Thanks Bondo, I was afraid of that
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Sounds like time for a French drain. Perhaps with a pump if you can't run it to daylight.
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