Preventing Water from Getting into Basement

the-tech-guyJuly 5, 2012

I just experienced some water enter in my basement at the cove joint. Now I know everyone says to start solving this issue by looking outside first. So my question is what is the best material to use outside around the house that has the best protection from water seeping down? Is it special type of rocks, mulch, concrete, etc.? Also what is the recommended slope for the grade? thx!

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The minimum positive site drainage is a drop of six inches in the first ten feet.

A clay "cap" under any topsoil is the ideal material next to the foundation.

But before you start any such major work, check the obvious--which is not so obvious to many property owners: functioning eavestroughs and downspouts that divert the water far from the foundation wall, at least 4-12" ins between the soil and masonry or siding, limited or no foundation plantings.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 10:49AM
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Three things � 1. Make sure your downspouts and gutters are in good working order, (overflowing gutters and poorly directed downspouts are major culprits in basement water intrusion). 2. Make sure you landscaping slopes away from your home, (there is no set sloping degrees however the more slope and the farther from the house the better). 3.Use as little decretive mulch & gravel as possible, (both hold water and contribute to basement water intrusion so in this case, less is better).

    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 12:06PM
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