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How can I properly grade the area in the picture below to avoid water seeping into my foundation walls? As you can see, due to the brick patio, there is little room for me to work with.


What should I do?


Also, is it possible to bury something under the soil, like a piece of metal or something else, that not only grades the land but also prevents water from getting below it?
 

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As you can see, due to the brick patio, there is little room for me to work with.
Ayuh,.... Remove part of the brick patio, regrade it lower, 'n put the bricks back,....

No matter what you put over something, it's Gotta Drain,....
 

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No way any "metal" is going to work.
As I said before that well needs to be covered.
You would have needed a french drain running out to dry well below ground or running out to the street drain for that pond you have going on to work.
 

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Ayuh,.... Remove part of the brick patio, regrade it lower, 'n put the bricks back,....

No matter what you put over something, it's Gotta Drain,....

Since I have a window above this area, can I get away with installing an awning similar to the one pictured below to keep water from saturating the soil?
 

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They make impermeable landscape fabric for this "type" of application, but the water still has to have somewhere to go.

A window awning is probably not going to produce any significant results. A larger roof with gutters going into an actual drain system probably would, but that's a lot of work.

It's hard to say without seeing the whole property, but it may make sense to excavate and add a drain tile to move that water to a lower elevation or dry well away from the house.
 

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They make impermeable landscape fabric for this "type" of application, but the water still has to have somewhere to go.

A window awning is probably not going to produce any significant results. A larger roof with gutters going into an actual drain system probably would, but that's a lot of work.

It's hard to say without seeing the whole property, but it may make sense to excavate and add a drain tile to move that water to a lower elevation or dry well away from the house.

It will be tough for me to install a drain that takes water out of that area as the entire area is surrounded by a brick patio. Could I get away with simply putting a window well cover over the window well, and grade the soil away from the house (even though there's not much room to work with).
 

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I assume this has a basement? I'm not from the north.
What's the round, black - corrugated pipe looking thing, next to the house?

* What's underneath the brick "patio?" Dirt / sand, or concrete, etc?

Hard to tell w/ all the snow, plants - how big the bricked area?
If the bricks generally slope toward house, if not too big an area, pull them up;
regrade the native soil & sand base (if used sand).
Recompact soil under bricks, so it doesn't sink unevenly & wind up w/ negative slope in areas.
Using a paver sand / mortar sand / playsand layer under the bricks allows water to drain thru, then away from the house on - hopefully - the properly graded native soil under the paver sand.

If to big a job, you could pull up a strip of bricks - from lowest area by house, headed to the lowest point outside the bricks.
You then have (at least) 2 choice:
Create a "swale" - in the dirt below bricks & grade it away from house. That means the patio won't be flat.
Reinstall bricks.

If don't want a swale in the brick area, put in a french drain.
You could consult local landscapers (even pros won't always have the best idea).

If water is seeping in along several ft of wall, I'd guess you'd install a one perforated line - parallel to the house - under the bricks. Then Tee off that w/ 1 or more lines sloped away, depending on size of area & how badly it now slopes toward the house (how much water ponds). They could also be perforated.

You'd still be pulling up some bricks & installing french drain (correctly) - it may come out same amt of work as pulling all bricks & grading. Plus, cost of drain lines, pea gravel, soil fabric, etc.

3rd option. This depends on how the soil generally slopes / drains, once past the brick? By then, is it draining away from house?
If yes, you could pour a layer of high strength concrete over the bricks - assuming they're on a solid base.
Slope it away from house. This will raise the height of patio some, if that's a problem. Depending on the freeze / thaw heaving in your area, you might need much thicker, steel reinforced concrete, or it'd crack over time. In that case, one of the other options is probably better.
 
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