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Old 01-02-2012, 11:34 PM   #1
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I have just purchased a house and the pavers at the back of house are always wet in the morning. I lifted a few up and found sandy soil and lots and lots of water. It takes most of day to dry pavers but I need to know how to fix the problem and first of all know what is the problem.

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boy, that's not much info to start on.

downspout nearby?
shut off all water in house and do a water meter check?
have you had lots of rain recently?
if not, where could the water possibly be coming from?

we don't know where to start.

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After a few nice and dry days, dig a hole a few feet away from the patio and perhaps a foot deep. If the hole fills with water you can have a high water table problem. If the patio is just wet you may decide to live with it but if there is a layer or puddle on the patio you may need to put in a drainage system.
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i'm thinking we may have stumbled upon a classic case of Oh'Mike's "google poster".
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I have just purchased a house and the pavers at the back of house...
Wanna guess what the ratio of total paver jobs done...
is to properly done paver jobs?

Then you still have the water condition factors as well.
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Wanna guess what the ratio of total paver jobs done...
is to properly done paver jobs?

Then you still have the water condition factors as well.
Well, since the original poster is most likely a "one hit wonder" I guess a little tread drift is OK. I would guess the number is something like 10:1. This is based off of what I found under my front walkway this past summer. 5 inches of sand over a clay/topsoil mix. Had to tear it all out due to it moving up and down all over the place. Dug down an additional 6" to get to the nice gravel layer I am fortunate enough to have under my whole property and rebuilt from there.

For the OP, if you are still here. The sandy soil you found under the pavers is the bedding sand that pavers are properly placed on
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The setting bed of sand should be a maximum of about 1" thick and placed over a compacted "gravel" base. Excessive setting bed thicknesses are bad and lead to the pavers rocking, floating and not really interlocked the way they should be. - It is just a case of not installing a proven product they way it should be done.

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