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Old 08-11-2009, 09:44 PM   #1
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Later on I want to add more dirt near the foundation and get the grass growing higher. I'd want to ensure the part of the foundation that is now covered is properly sealed off. What is the best way to do this? I noticed lot of foundations have this black coating all around and usually is about an inch or so higher then the ground, what is this and would I just apply more of it? Guessing it's some kind of tar substance.

Also what would I use to raise the ground just black earth, or would I use clay, sand, then black earth for just the grass? Or would I be better off unrolling grass then rolling back on top of raised ground?

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more'n likely, its NOT tar but, instead, a rolled-on asphalt emulsion coating that's typically pkg'd in 5gal bkts & avail at apron stores sold under the name of ' foundation coating ',,, far's i can remember, down here its 3mils thick but no one ever measures might be easier just to raise the lawnmower wheels & cut the grass higher ? ? ? use roller or mason's brush.


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not sure if I understand your situation.... you want to increase the soil height by your foundation becuase the soil quality is bad (clay). that way the grass will grow better. Is that it?

From my limited understanding, the home siding should be about a foot above the ground. Rather than tinkering with the soil level, if you merely want to improve the soil quality, I'd just remove the clay and replace it with nice top soil and mulch. Then reseed.

Never saw that asphalt product used around home foundations on LI. Could be that I'm unobvservant, or it's just not common over here.
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I want to raise it to encourage water to go away from the foundation instead of sitting there. This house had no gutters until I owned it, so all the watter made some "holes" in the grass and the soil is slightly slanted towards the house, I want to make it slant away.
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oh, got it.

if the soil-line may become too high in some places relative to your foundation, what about instead regrating and removing soil from the yard?

Adding soil is more difficult becuase it will compact over time, so you'll have to add more and more. removing already settled soil is much easier in the long run.....
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Yeah that's what I'm wondering, do I just put more soil, or is there something else I should put such as sand, then just put a few inches of soil on top for the grass? Guessing if I do add something else, I'd have to remove existing soil first?
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put on more, of course,,, might want to place some soil mat 1st,,, you need positive drainage - higher near the house & lower away from the house - usually 1" drop in 3' works
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I don't know which code you are under - 2003 Surface graded away from foundation minimum 6"/10' (IRC 401.3)
If soils are expansive or collapsible, roof drain must discharge minimum 5' from footing or to approved drain system (IRC 801.3)
Siding closer than 6" yo ground must be pressure treated, bottom of sill minimum 6" from ground (IRC 404.1.6)
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