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Was this done correctly??

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

  1. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,576

    This is an existing home. not a house that was just built 16 months ago.

    The roof overhangs.

    We all know "brick is porous".

    If there were any problems - there would be mold in the basement, etc. Thr mortar in the brick would be showing signs of water damage.

    Brick has soil placed against it all the time.

    Sometime not a good thing. Sometimes, no biggie.

    Like I stated earlier - slope the soil away from the dwelling. Coupled with the roof overhang, and life is dandy.

    If you want piece of mind you can dig it out and tar the brick. Me, I wouldn't if it were my home, but thats me. Dig deep enough and you may find it's already tarred.

    By the looks of the age of the concrete steps - There has always been a wall there, the house most likely had a wooden wall at the time it was built. It rotted. Based on the size of the euoynomus by the block the wall is about 24 to 30 months old. .
  2. Duekster

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

    I dunno those steps cound have been pre-ADA/ OSHA
  3. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,576

    LOL - ADA and OSHA have nothing to do with the fact that those steps have always been there, goober :)
  4. Duekster

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

    without a hand rail and ramp?:laugh:
  5. Snyder's Lawn Inc

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

    DVS is right the concrete wall goes up to the bottom of window most them bricks are facing bricks Split foyers have a 3-4' wall on the front of the house

    To OP if the dirt line is below the ceil plate of the wooden wall then its ok
  6. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,576

    those types of house are specifically designed/intended to be set on hills.

    You do not see those houses on level ground. At least I never have.

    The garage is at the lowest point, basement level. Main level is gonna be 8 - 10 feet above the garage.

    The builder and the mason knew from day-one that there would be soil there. And they accounted for it. And they did so by conceiling the steps they took. Job well done.

    I'm so confident of myself that I would almost bet a $50 gift card to any national restaurant.
  7. SSmith

    SSmith Banned
    Messages: 447

    I live in a Bi-level. We have soil against our brick. Last year we had record rainfall. Dry as a bone. The house is over 30 years old.
  8. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,284

    Ya know come to think of it when I look at the back of my house at a section directly in line with the front there is a higher concrete foundation. We've commented how odd it looks as there is no siding on it for whatever reason. So just as some of you have pointed out there must be a higher foundation wall there. Ok enough worrying, time to get redoing the landscaping.
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  9. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,576

    They probably "stepped up" the brick in the front. What you see is just enough for cosmetic purposes.

    In the back you possibly see the steps because the soil settled. Backfill to proper level and I bet the steps disappear :)
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  10. FLCthes4:11-12

    FLCthes4:11-12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    If its a block or a poured wall behind the brick then I would says its fine. If its wood then I would get the soil away. Keep the grade sloped hard away from the house and pipe any gutter water out.

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