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Was this done correctly??

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by MDLawn, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,284

    I recently moved into a different home and am in the process of ripping out all the landscaping as the previous owners idea of maintenace was, well,.....I don't know what they were thinking exactly. Anyways there is a planter bed created with a wall. My concern is that when the planter was filled in they put the soil right against the brick wall of the house. There is a room there and I'm concerned with water issues because mortar can crack and cause leaks, correct?


    1.) Should there have been a barrier installed?

    2.) If so I guess I should take out the soil and install one?

    3.) What kind of barrier works best in this situation?

    No I DID NOT install this wall and do not need a critique on it, I'm just looking for help as I don't have the hardscape knowledge some of you do.

  2. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    I say there a concrete wall there
    How far does the bricks go down
  3. BCboy

    BCboy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    Dig a couple of test holes near the house to look for the foundation wall.
    Be sure it is sealed properly, if not you may have some work to do.
    But either way I would move the plants away from the window.
    I find that it can be a great place for bugs to live and eventually enter the house.
    Just my 2 cents.
  4. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,284

    They go down quite a bit. I dug down about 2 feet and saw only brick..
  5. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,284

    Oh don't worry the plants are coming out. I already took out 6 overgrown plants and 2 foot tall weeds invading the entire space.

    Any suggestion on what to do to seal that area?
  6. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,602

    its not this dramatic.

    all is well. no need to dig here and dig there.

    make sure the water flows away from the dwelling and you're good to go
  7. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    I agree. Looks like the bed is on the brick facade. Big :nono: in my book.
  8. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,602

    Construction 101:

    the house is a split foyer (or whatever they call it)

    this wall did not suddenly appear out of the blue. When the home was built, they knew the front would be backfilled with soil.

    I'm telling you - all is well.
  9. Gilmore.Landscaping

    Gilmore.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 645

    Wow DVS I sure hope you are being sarcastic...

    If all he found was brick under the soil he could be in for a whole heap of trouble. Soil should never touch the brick of a house, only the foundation level. Brick is porous and so is mortar it will rot the brick and/or allow moisture in behind the wall causing even more trouble.

    I don't know whats best, I would say contact a basement waterproofing company or similar.
  10. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    that is bad very bad, get a mini in there to get it dug out now, is that the answer you want to hear.

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