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Old 06-12-2015, 11:59 AM   #1
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I just moved into a house, and there seems to be a slight negative slope into the back. There is not really any issue, but as a preventative measure I want to correct it.

The issue I am running into is that the weep holes on the brick are too low for me to actually physically add dirt, so I will need to go down instead of building up. Anybody done this before? Just looking for some encouragement that it can be done. My thought was essentially digging until I could get a nice steady slope away from the house over 6 ft. Then possibly adding a pathway to the gate on the side of the house.

(Note in the picture i had already added dirt, then pulled it back when I realized I was covering the weep holes in the brick)
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Your foundation should be higher, but that's not helping you any at this point.....You're still to high IMO. I would keep the topsoil few inches below the first row of bricks. They will soak up moisture and when they freeze, will get damaged.
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Thanks.. I should add that there is foundation block that runs up to the second row of visual brick in the picture above. This is OK according to http://www.gobrick.com/Portals/25/do...0Notes/TN7.pdf
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Your foundation should be higher, but that's not helping you any at this point.....You're still to high IMO. I would keep the topsoil few inches below the first row of bricks. They will soak up moisture and when they freeze, will get damaged.

With the winters you guy have that may be true for you.

Here it is quite normal to have a lot brick, over foundation, below grade. In fact is is a quite common HOA restriction that no non-brick surface be exposed.
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Thanks all. Every house on the street has brick under dirt, so
I am not worried about that. Just trying to figure out the best way to slope it away
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With the winters you guy have that may be true for you.

Here it is quite normal to have a lot brick, over foundation, below grade. In fact is is a quite common HOA restriction that no non-brick surface be exposed.
Doesn't it freeze down there at all? If it does and the bricks are loaded with water, it'll pop the face of the bricks. Maybe it dont get cold enough or not long enough....
I don't know where the OP's at either...
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Doesn't it freeze down there at all? If it does and the bricks are loaded with water, it'll pop the face of the bricks. Maybe it dont get cold enough or not long enough....
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I've never dug them out to look it, don't plan to and really don't care.

No, compared to what you guys have it don't freeze here. I tend to agree with the comedian who said, 'What! Only a $10 fee to exit this frozen tundra. You guys could charge a lot more and I would gladly pay'.
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Doesn't freeze too much here in south Tennessee
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