How do I keep water from running under my foundation?

by Brenda

i have lots of water that drains down thru my yard and recently centmented in my dirt floor under the steps and now found some water comeing in from somewhere. i also have a whole next to my front stairs in the cement and wonder if that is where the water is coming from. how can i fill in that whole under my house to keep it from filling up with water from the rain?

  3 answers
  • Oliva Oliva on Nov 19, 2018

    Hi, Brenda,

    The hole is probably permitting water to accumulate, then leak into your foundation. When you have decent weather, use Sacrete or Quik Crete (available at home centers or hardware stores). Mix as directed and fill the hole, smoothing the top. If possible, slope the repaired area to divert water away from foundation.

    As concerns the slope in your yard, you'll need to redirect water by installing a swale, a French drain system or Hydro Blox system. The latter two will require you to dig a trench, to divert water at least 10 feet away from your foundation area.

    While you're correcting things, make sure your gutters and downspouts are in good shape, not filled with leaves, and large enough to handle heavy rains. All downspouts should divert water at least 10 feet away from your foundation.

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Nov 19, 2018

    Get a truck load of top soil and grade it away from the foundation.

  • Rob a Job Rob a Job on Nov 20, 2018

    Drainage water from the rain is making it's way under the floors. Have to berm up all round the building Kerbing surround the line of the building so as to stop the ingress of water under the house. Keep it from going there in the 1st place but away from the building?