Heres the scoop. Lady has water seeping through wall cracks in basement. Not standing water just wet. She called a foundation guy and he told her to raise the grade around her house with topsoil to get it to wash away from the house. On the biggest problem side there is only room to raise the grade against the house four to five inches. So the water will be going away from the house but not drasticly. So she wants me to come in with topsoil and just do that. Five inches thick about two feet wide all the way around the house. Personally I dont think doing that will make any difference in the water problem. I was wondering if you guys think it will. I think she would be better off laying a perferated tile all the way around the house with two inches of peastone on top of it and throwing bark on top of the peastone. She wants to tile out her downspouts anyways so I figure we could just get the tile running down and hook it into the downspout tiles. My idea of course would cost more money, especially because on one spot we would have to lift up the concrete and relay it. Only about 4' by 4' though. So I was wondering what you guys thought. If she actually had standing water in the basement then ya I would raise that grade four inches cause every little bit helps. But with the little wet spots she has I wonder if it would really make a difference. Of if you had any other ideas.