Never ending draining issue...
So we began our site prep back the first week of February and to this date, still are not able to put in our footings. About two weeks ago a larger sump pump was installed to drain a 10 ft drainage hole dug to pull water off the envelop of the house. I know we are being impatient, but not seeing any progress after days of dry weather have left us confused and feeling ignored. We know we just need to lay low and wait it out. Good news is the next 5 days we are expecting 80 degree weather and mostly dry. Sooo trying to be patient. Anyone else dealt with a poorly draining lot?
Below is our word from our builder:
The envelope is still drying and the pump is working. However, the ground is not dry enough to compact on. I've been out there every day since we installed the pump to check it. Yesterday I also went out with the excavator and dug 4 test holes, 2 in the rear, and 2 in the middle/front. They showed that the bearing soil in the rear is 4' down, and 2' down in the middle/front. With the ground continuing to dry out, that leaves us with 2 courses of actions:
1. We stay on our original course of action and continue to wait it out until the ground dries out enough to compact dirt on top of dirt.The positive is that this is the most cost effective way to proceed, with only the extra money already quoted to you. The negative is that I have no timeline for when this will be ready for us to proceed. It's a waiting game. But as you've seen with the pump in place, the ground is drying out, even with the rain we've had.
2. We sub-soil out all the dirt, down to the hardpan bearing soil(at its 4' depth and 2' depths respectively), bring in 18 loads of 2"
rock, place and compact it. Then place a layer of geofabric down on top of it. Then bring in 25 more loads of fill to bring it back up to the current grade depth that it is now, then proceed with our original plan of placing the 50 loads of fill dirt on top of it to bring the grade up to the right height. This will entail more money in rock, fabric, fill dirt, machine time, compaction, and compaction testing. I'm happy to do this and we can start almost right away with this, if this is how you want me to proceed. Here is a cost breakdown on that:
a. 25 Loads of Fill Dirt @ $100 = S2500
b. 18 Loads of #2 Stone @ $365 = $6570
c. Extra Machine Time and Labor for Placing Rock, Fabric, Fill, & Compaction = $2000
d. One roll of geofabric material = $900
e. 5 Extra trips by Geotechnical Engineer = $1000
f. TOTAL ESTIMATED EXTRA COST OF THIS C.O.A = $12,970.00 + Original Course of Action Cost of $8500 = $ 21,740.00 over the $6k budgeted estimate for Site Prep