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Old 08-19-2011, 07:50 PM   #1
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We are currently building a new home and i just had a home inspector in to look over all of the house, top to bottom, inside and out. He pointed out a major problem with the grading in the one outside corner of the home. Please see pictures.

He pointed out that they graded the land/water directly to the house and sooner or later water will get into the basement. I asked what the fix was and he suggested a retaining wall. I do agree with him but wanted some second opinions on this.
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Old 08-19-2011, 08:12 PM   #2
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He's right. It is wrong.

Water will pool there (even if it is only during a downpour) and find it's way into your basement. You need to talk to someone who can design a system for your house to manage all the surface water away from your house.

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Old 08-19-2011, 08:32 PM   #3
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Or raise the air conditioning unit and have that area properly graded. All grading should slop away from the house.
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check to see if you have a french drain?there should be a pipe exit at daylight?the walls should have been sealed and a drain installed.
if not a wall and slab w/drains or good slope will fix you up.
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Old 08-19-2011, 09:02 PM   #5
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here's a picture of the wall. Sealed, not really and I do not know if they stuck in a french drain.
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I donít see any weeping tile either
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The builder should come back and fix it. That is just wrong.
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Old 08-20-2011, 06:27 AM   #8
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thanks for everyone's input. The other thing I caught last night reading the builders hand book. It states that "the home comes with a one year dry basement guarantee but is void if the grades are not kept in good original condition".. ok so I go to the grading section of the hand book and states "all grading will be accomplished to cause the water to flow away from you home".
So they installed something that voids their own warranty.... I'm going to talk to them today about this. I'll let everyone know how it turns out.
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i agree, someone should come back and fix that. that is horrible!
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Wow.....


I can't wait for the next post.

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also, where does the gutter next to the driveway drain to ? Is it buried into the ground?
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I would also bury a drain for that downspout by the step, take it out about 20' at a 45* angle.
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thanks for everyone's input. The other thing I caught last night reading the builders hand book. It states that "the home comes with a one year dry basement guarantee but is void if the grades are not kept in good original condition".. ok so I go to the grading section of the hand book and states "all grading will be accomplished to cause the water to flow away from you home".
So they installed something that voids their own warranty.... I'm going to talk to them today about this. I'll let everyone know how it turns out.

Good luck with that. I would have a good lawyer friend on call
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You said you were building a new house. I assume you have plans for the house, or is this a spec house that you purchased? If you have plans, check the grading on the plans carefully to see what they show. As noted, this grading plan is not standard practice. You should also check your plans to see if a perimeter drain is included, most new houses I have seen have them.
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Old 08-22-2011, 06:25 AM   #15
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Below is the only blue print that show the grading.. I sent the home inspection report to the sales rep yesterday and she sent it right to the regional manager. I did talk to the sales rep and she did say that there is a French drain around the whole back of the house and that the possibility of water damage in that area is slim to none because of the 10inch poured walls. I have a friend that engineers walls, he said the same thing. I am meeting with the site manager today, so let see what he says.
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