I have recently bought a home about 6 months ago. The house is a split foyar home and is only about 9 years old. I am a military member and I used the VA to puchase this house so it was inspected by an inspector that my reality company recommended and a VA inspector. My house sits in the middle of a steep hill, so at the very back of my yard is the top of the hill then ending at the street in the front of my yard. it seems that during the construction of this home they did try and level out some of the backyard slightly (about ten feet from the back of the house) but not correctly, because the water flowing from the top of the hill is coming down all the way to the foundation of my home and flowing around my house. In this process it is eroding the ground around my foundation so much so that i can now see where the black water proofing paper is against my foundation in places. my nieghbors are also having this problem they keep trying to put fill in around thier house and retaining walls off the side but they are either doing it incorrectly or that is not the soulution to the problem. I do know that the errosion problem is not soly caused but definately not helped by the fact that my down spouts for my gutters dont get the water far enough away from the house though i think the main issue is the water comming from down the hill. I have no Idea how to fix this problem and was wondering if you could give me some adviseThis message has been edited. Last edited by: sarah796,
Welcome to the boards. Mike Holmes doesn't read these so don't expect an answer from him.
Sight unseen I can only offer suggestions.
1. Extend the leader pipes from your downspouts to dump the water at least 10 feet away from your foundation.
2. Incorporate swales into the landscaping to direct the water away from your house.
3. Back fill the area that has washed out and plant some ground cover on it to hold the soil in place.
Adding some pictures to your post might help us give you more ideas.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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