I live in the Midwest (chicago) and recently purchased a 100 year old house with a slab foundation. We have had snow melt throught out the winter, about a month ago we had an unusual warm up and a fast melt. We did not get any water in the basement; however recently there was a heavy rain and we got about 2 gallons of water from the cove (floor/wall). I discovered a hole in the cove which lead to me chiseling out old weak caulk. I replaced it with Drylok fast plug. I understand that moisture should be tackled from the outside in so I included these pictures for advice.
Sidewalk is cracked and possibly directs rain water towards the foundation..how to correct this?
Mortar seems to be along the ground and then stops (where I put the yellow circle) I know that the joint needs tuck pointing as well. Since the mortar is painted, does this pose a problem for adding more?
Sidewalk runs right next to the side of the house and there is a gap between...
The soil absolutely needs to be graded to move away from the house..the lowest point of the soil is actually next to the house. How high should I make the soil against the house? Is it possible for me to do this in winter? Or do I need to wait till spring? recomendations for best type of soil?