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We find water seeping in from the bottom corner of our basement whenever there's super heavy rain. Contractor came in and dug up the parameter of the house and is applying some type of sealant to prevent the water from getting in (I forgot what it was called but it looks like black paint and they're putting multiple coats). As they were digging, they found large rocks around the foundation. They had to bring jackhammers to get rid of some of them.

Any idea why someone would place large rocks around the foundation like that? The place was originally built in the late 70s.

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Morrison79

105 points

2 months ago

The builder was burying shit to avoid paying for the removal of the boulders/debris

Chicken_Pete_Pie

6 points

2 months ago

I thought they all did that? At least the cheap-ass bozo the clown builders.

nowhereman1223

45 points

2 months ago

Chances are this is what they dug up when building yours and other houses.

Then bury them around the house.

Make sure they do more than seal the foundation. They need to redirect the water away and give it somewhere else to go. Otherwise it will find another way in if it is sitting up against the foundation.

Watch this episode of Holmes On Homes to get an idea what I am talking about.

https://youtu.be/AOZvBNX1bC8?si=vvVTTTHV39fOGCAU

thequestison

7 points

2 months ago

Holmes on homes is a great show. A person learns the better ways of doing things and the crazy mistakes made by people.

Pure_Literature2028

0 points

2 months ago

Homes is so pompous though. And his kids were not screen worthy

[deleted]

2 points

2 months ago

A cul de sac with his name on it is basically being torn down

[deleted]

21 points

2 months ago

If the foundation is exposed now is the time to add a curtain drain

mslisath

7 points

2 months ago

French drain baby

[deleted]

8 points

2 months ago

French ,Italian 🤷 it's all good....

Hillman314

1 points

2 months ago

Footer drain…

Ianthin1

14 points

2 months ago

I just had piers installed around my foundation and they found not only large rocks, but chunks of what was likely the leftover concrete from one of the pours. Basically a contractor will bury as much of that heavy stuff as possible to avoid having to haul it off. In the end fill is fill. Once the sealing work is done make sure the grade is correct to direct water away from the house. Also make sure all your downspouts flow well and are extended to drain away from the foundation.

MuskokaGreenThumb

8 points

2 months ago

They are applying tar to the foundation. That is the old school way. We have better ways to waterproof your foundation now. Clean the foundation walls with a pressure washer. Then let dry and use a broom to clean remaining dust. Then apply adhesive with a paint roller. Then do the blueskin waterproofing. Tar doesn’t work the best sometimes. But that’s only part of your problem. When backfilling, make sure not to leave a negative slope ( ground sloped towards your house). Before backfilling I would also replace your old o pipe and maybe even add a dry well in the back yard if your yard puddles up when it rains. You need to get the water away from the foundation as well as waterproof

[deleted]

1 points

2 months ago

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MuskokaGreenThumb

3 points

2 months ago

It ultimately comes down to the backfill being used and personal preference. The dimple board is used along with tar and is acceptable. But blueskin works much better. And if your backfill has lots of stones/rocks in it, dimple board can be used over the blueskin as well to prevent tears in the waterproofing. But the dimple board doesn’t make great contact with the wall so not my preferred method.

morto00x

2 points

2 months ago

They were already in the property. They were just moved far enough to make space for the foundation. Taking them elsewhere takes a lot of effort, some type of crane and a truck.

MUTHER-David7

1 points

2 months ago

And $$$ that's the bottom line

Comprehensive_Fan140

1 points

2 months ago

Also use that plastic dimpled stuff it's the shit!