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Old 02-08-2017, 02:49 PM   #16
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I would investigate the underground downspout drainage first.
Just for kicks, get a probing rod and do a few tests starting at the downspout and about every two feet to see how soft the soil is. A four foot piece of rebar would work nicely
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Old 02-08-2017, 03:09 PM   #17
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If that is too difficult use a couple 18" pieces of copper ground rod, google "witching for pipes". Your brick is water reservoir siding, as is the bark mulch (worst material to use there) which keeps the water there a long time to wet the basement concrete. I agree, the concrete/bricks direct surface water to drain (and absorbed water) to the concrete wall. https://buildingscience.com/document...sture-problems

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New Gutters, old downspouts. The way the brick walkway is leaning and depending on the amount of rain, sometimes its a ton of water going to into the red mulch.
Even if that walkway didn't exist, it's likely any water hitting the area would end up in the same place.
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Even if that walkway didn't exist, it's likely any water hitting the area would end up in the same place.
I agree but since the walkway is there and its leaned in against the house, its compounding the amount of water being dumped right smack dab in the worst spot. I gotta do something before spring and fast.
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from what i read since i posed the question, no 1 yet knows if bsmnt walls are conc OR cmu,,, mudjacking may work well to redirect rainfall but that alone won't resolve the wet walls imo,,, if brickwork isn't laid over a conc walk, what other type of conc would've been installed ? trying to jack up brick walkway is another sisyphean task as it'll all break up,,, i wouldn't recommend it

is the water coming THRU the walls OR over the wall's top ? ? ?
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Have you put a level on the walkway? Looking at the photo, assuming you have a good slope on your porch it gives the illusion of the walkway being pitched back to the house. Or have you actually seen the water draining off the walkway toward the house?
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If you look at this pic of my walkway, you will see that it is now slanting down toward the house. Im not sure how this happened but I think the roofer may have backed his shingle truck up on it in 2015 when I had a new roof installed.

If your walk way has settled and shifted it was not likely the cause of a heavy truck.
A heavy truck would have caused catastrophic damage to the concrete and bricks. Not a gradual settling to one side.

If the gutter drain laterals are blocked, broken and leaking near the house, the leaking water could have settled the soil closest the house causing the slant in the walk way. And now the tilt is making things worse.

Location would be helpful regarding solutions.
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from what i read since i posed the question, no 1 yet knows if bsmnt walls are conc OR cmu,,, mudjacking may work well to redirect rainfall but that alone won't resolve the wet walls imo,,, if brickwork isn't laid over a conc walk, what other type of conc would've been installed ? trying to jack up brick walkway is another sisyphean task as it'll all break up,,, i wouldn't recommend it

is the water coming THRU the walls OR over the wall's top ? ? ?
My basement walls are Cinderblock. No water coming in yet but the blocks are darker then the rest and "look sweaty" but no leaks yet.
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If your walk way has settled and shifted it was not likely the cause of a heavy truck.
A heavy truck would have caused catastrophic damage to the concrete and bricks. Not a gradual settling to one side.

If the gutter drain laterals are blocked, broken and leaking near the house, the leaking water could have settled the soil closest the house causing the slant in the walk way. And now the tilt is making things worse.

Location would be helpful regarding solutions.
This is a great point and I didnt think about that. Im in NC and I have noticed that the mulch has gotten lower and I can now see some rebar in between the walkway and the house. Do you think this means that ALL of this area has dropped? Not just the left side of the walkway but all of the soil in front of this part of the house? Due to Broken water spouts underearth?
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If your walk way has settled and shifted it was not likely the cause of a heavy truck.
A heavy truck would have caused catastrophic damage to the concrete and bricks. Not a gradual settling to one side.

If the gutter drain laterals are blocked, broken and leaking near the house, the leaking water could have settled the soil closest the house causing the slant in the walk way. And now the tilt is making things worse.

Location would be helpful regarding solutions.
and furthermore, I dont know where those 2 spouts empty to. I have found the ones on the other side of the house but not these. I read an article the other day called downspouts to nowhere, where lazy builders back in the day just ran them down in the earth and left them and covered them up. I hope this is not the case.

Im agitated. Mostly because this crap could get expensive if I have to hire someone.
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not much 1 can do from the inside,,, usual bldg codes call for 3mil dampproof coating on wall exteriors, NOT waterproofing,,, for giggles, run your downspout drains on TOP of the ground & monitor for a while,,, see if you notice any difference
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not much 1 can do from the inside,,, usual bldg codes call for 3mil dampproof coating on wall exteriors, NOT waterproofing,,, for giggles, run your downspout drains on TOP of the ground & monitor for a while,,, see if you notice any difference
this was my next options. Good call. May try that this weekend. Thx. I have found a company that will inject expanding foam under the walkway. Still exploring other options. Rain season is coming tho.
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its expansive polyurethane grout ( foam ) but, unless your brickwork's laid on conc, highly unlikely you'll be successful,,, how do i know ? we do this work too
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its expansive polyurethane grout ( foam ) but, unless your brickwork's laid on conc, highly unlikely you'll be successful,,, how do i know ? we do this work too
Its laying on top of concrete. Hey Stadry, what am I looking at to fix it if I have to call someone?
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Ive got someone coming on 2/20 to give me an estimate for polylevel (foam) hope its not that bad but I have got to get it fixed. Im going to reroute the downspouts out to daylight before he comes just to make sure that its not them. Hopefully the basement wall will dry out in the warm months and that will be the end of it. Hopefuly.
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