Originally Posted by Handyservices
I think the yard needs to be regraded. The easiest fix would be to have dirt trucked in and placed near the home's foundation. Then rent a tamper from HD and compact this soil, sloping it away from the house at about a 20 degree angle.
I don't think there is an underground leak with the septic system; I think the guy who graded the yard after septic work didn't slope the ground away from the home.
I also don't think it is a gutter problem; however, it could be. Check there- to be on the safe side and clear out any leaves or debris. Check your downspouts also; install a 3 foot diverter + splashblock, so the water is not pooling when it runs through the downspout to the ground.
If this doesn't work, then the next step, would be to install drain tile underneath the ground around your foundation perimeter.
duh! regrade..so sorry, I knew I was using the wrong termonology when I typed that
The guy or "crew" that fixed the septic are the same people that regraded- sorry I was being so vague , there are just so many problems with this house and I am furious that nothing was done on the up and up just to save my mother a couple of bucks (which we know NEVER works) ..especially the time she hired her friends nephew to replace a window and we literally had/have a two inch gap between the window and the wall so you could see outside
I am trying like heck to figure out how to fix half these things but its certainly impossible when you have no idea where some of these people left off and more importantly if what they started was done right. sheesh
Sorry.. anyways, thank you so much for your help. I have no idea about downspouts diverters etc, but I will do some homework on youtube.
The initial guy that did regrade had the dirt all the way up to the shingles and thats when we had the cellar flooded. The guy we hired to regrade again took it down alot but did not make any sort of angle...I suppose he thought he didnt need to since he planted grass. I have no idea.
Do you think I would be able to handle this drain tile project myself? Im so sick of shoveling water away from the house every time it rains..I'm at beginner level but I have completely gutted an old toilet and reinstalled new insides..perhaps I could figure this out too?
THANK YOU SO MUCH !!