water in basement during rainstorms - need a little more help
Hi - I am a new homeowner with more potential projects than i can imagine. however, the little bit of water that comes into the basement during a heavy rain is my current project. gutters are operating adequately as far as i can tell. I need to add a downspout extension. The problem I need help with is fixing the slope away from the foundation - there are plantings in front of the foundation, with a mulch bed. the highest point of the bed is away from the house, so it slopes slightly toward and away from the foundation, but enough for water to pool closer to the foundation - which i suspect is making its way into basement. I have read that the slope should be 1" vertical for every 1 foot horizontal X 4 feet...and no closer than 6" to the siding.
What exactly should i use to build up the bed to get the water to move away from the house? Or maybe I can just remove enough mulch to create the slope I need?
I live in MA, so i need to do it soon (as in NOW!) also, it needs to get me throught the winter and if i need to do more extensive drainage project in the spring, then i will.