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I am regrading our front yard with topsoil. how do we make sure its level? We need it to slope away from the foundation so the basement stops leaking.

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Sounds to me that you have more of an issue with your foundation than slope or grade. Do you have ad quiet drain tile around the foundation ? Is your eve's draining away from the house? Is there to much material built up against the foundation? Gradual slope will help drain water away but this will not help an existing condition. Spend your money to fix the problem , not mask it.
I hope you don't take offense to this, I am only trying to help you, and make sure that your not spending money on the hopes that it will eliminate a problem.

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How to level a floor that has a slope


That depends greatly on the type of floor you have, but in general you will need to jack up the side that's sloping and reinstall the footers in the foundation much deeper than they are currently. This is not a do-it-yourself job. I strongly suggest talking to a structural engineer and having a contractor complete the work.

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Hyow to waterproof a basement wall...


You have to start outside.
First regrade slope of soil away from foundation. Add a drain and tile to direct water away from house.
If necessary dig down along foundation wall and add membrane.
In the basement, add a sump pump to pump out water to keep moisture out.
Clean basement wall, and add some waterproofing paint.

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Depends on the cubic footage (length x width x height = cubic footage) and how damp it is. If you're not going to have to dump the collection tank (a drain hose is connected to the unit to run water out of the craw space and away from the house), I would run it on high for 24 hours and then lower it to medium for several days. After that, you should have a pretty good indication what it takes to keep the craw space dry. At least, until the next heavy, continuous rain storm.

If this is an on going problem, I'm not sure that a humidifier is the total answer. You need to look at the causes for this moisture (i.e) Are the downspouts carrying the water away from the house? Are the gutters and downspouts clogged with debris, causing the gutters to overflow? Does the earth around the foundation need to be regraded, so that water runs away from the foundation? Has the moisture barrier on the outside, underground around the foundation failed? Would installing an automatic sump pump in the crawl space be more efficient?

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It would be best in your circumstance to slope your vent like one might slope a drain. 35 feet is waaaaay too long, 20 feet is max, and you can deduct 6 feet for every bend. If you can reconfigure your vent to a sloped drain, this will help.
The coolness of the basement is a contributing factor, but normally, it doesn't figure into the issue.
If you cannot shorten your run, or slope your line, you might do well with a trap that would have a mini sump pump in it. These are available from A/C companies, and are automatic in their operation. I have had one in one of my units, and the cost wasn't unreasonable. You can probably find one on-line (EBay?)
Venting into the basement may resolve your water issue, but you still have to deal with the lint that "escapes" the lint trap. Most of it will likely wind up in the air conditioner, and all over whatever you have in your basement.
A mini sump sounds like your best option, even if you have to set up a schedule to clean it out occasionally.
Best regards, --W/D--

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It sounds like the ground has settled around the area where the leak is, hence the traveling water. The right way to fix the problem would be to remove the porch, dig up around the basement wall, apply a sealant to the outside of the wall, install weeping tile and re-grade the soil to drain away from the house. Your best bet to begin with may be to try to re-grade the soil so it is sloping away from the house, however this is only a temporary patch, if temperatures get below freezing there is a possibility that moisture in any crack in the wall could cause further cracking and leaks.

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check out side where the water is going into the basement, aside from the gutter down spout, you going to need pack some earth so that the water will running towards the yard. If it is where the gutter down spout is, then you need to get a gutter extension direct the water some where else.
DO not paint the basement wall, you will have mod. however, you can waterproof the wall when the weather gets to be above 55 degree.

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okay here 4 solutions but they both going to cost .....
1. the clay they dug out was to keep the water from entering the building and when they put in the gravel that only filtered the water.....

try one of these:

1. if your yard is big enough to redig you will have remove what they installed out and redig a new area that has clay and have it repacked near the house that was your sealant..

2. you will need a waterproof sealant or liner install on the side of house..

3. have a concrete slab poured against the house but sloped away from house......

4. go get a waterproof liner like they use for ponds and dig the yard down and away from house and lay the liner against the house about 2 feet of the liner and the rest sloping away from house then refill on top of liner but not sure how long that will last because it will deteorate but not too soon...



that clay that was removed was your sealant the gravel that is there now acts like a filter only to keep out debris but let the water to still slip through....

and drylock paint will hold for a min but the water needs to redirected away from the house

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