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Old 09-13-2009, 06:33 PM   #1
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I'm a first time home owner and a single woman.

I bought a (buiilt in 1932) house
even though the house is lower than street level...
a gradual downward slop from the street to the alley in the back.

No gutters in front.

I liked the house well enough
to try and deal with rain problems that will come up.

Not a big yard...maybe 25 feet in front and 50 feet in back.
Shallow crawl space.

Foundation looks good (except when it rains). House is solid and level.

But the slope is negative or non existant from the foundation

If it rains a lot I'll be in a pond with ducks circling.
(Maybe not...the yard in back slopes down to the alley)

I know you must have covered all this and I have read many posts.

I'm still not clear about several things.

I don't know what kind of expert ot call in.

Landscaping guys? gutters? Both?

I definitely want the best and most permanent fix to withstand a lot of rain.

When it rains the water is against the foundation in front and the garage floods
(the carport and garage is in front facing the street.

Who do I call and what do I do?

Top priority .. avoid water in crawl space and get the water away from the foundation.

I'm not wealthy and have just had a big expense getting into this house and buying basics.
But I want to do the best I can whatever it costs.
I'm a little afraid of wasting money because I don't know much about home ownership and maintenance.

Thank you for your time if you've read this far. All advice appreciated.

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Old 09-13-2009, 07:16 PM   #2
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WOW. You sound like you know what you're talking about.
What kind of expert do I call to redirect water.

I don't have gutters. The yard slants down from the street to the alley.

I need to get water away from the foundation and crawl space in front.

I'm willing to do both gutters and land scaping to fix the problem.

Who should I call first?

I'm an older woman and a first time home buyer. Feel like a sitting duck for handyman schemes.

If it rains much I may have some real ducks keeping me company.

Thanks you.

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Old 09-13-2009, 09:57 PM   #3
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During the last 3 years on one side of my home (smaller north side wall) there has been standing water after rains. Each year, the pool of water gets larger and is now out about 5 feet from the full basement foundation. The water is about 2 - 4 inches deep depending on the amount of rain.

My question is, how best to remove that standing water which is bound to
find a crack in the the basement's cement wall.
Ayuh,... The answer is to Lower the grade to Drain the water to wherever is Lower...
Water flows Downhill....
Dig a swale to a lower point,... An inch drop in 10 feet is plenty of pitch,+ can be dug using a 4' level...
An inch drop in 100 feet probably needs professional equipment,+ talent to make work....

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When it rains the water is against the foundation in front and the garage floods
(the carport and garage is in front facing the street.
A couple of things AhSo,...
Start your Own thread about Your problems, instead of Hy-jacking Jak's thread about His problems,...
It'll save a Ton of confusion,+ You'll get more,+ Better responses....

Your Problems seem to be at the Street-side of the house,...
Without some pictures,...
It's had to say what your Options might be...
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Old 09-14-2009, 05:53 PM   #4
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Hijacking is all I know how to do.
I don't see a new thread button anywhere
but I'll figure it out.

Meanwhile, I have a foundation guy,
a landscaper and
a gutter guy
coming to check things out.

I'll let ya'll know what they did, if I can still pay for internet service when they're done.

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