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Question DetailsAsked on 5/28/2017

Concrete Driveway Help

Hello, I just had a new driveway poured because of a grading issue that caused my basement to leak. I specifically told the contractor numerous times that I was the grade to slope away from house. Bottom line, it doesn't and my basement still gets wet. I have not paid him yet, but what can I do?

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Did you have it in writing about the drainage problem, and something about what was going to be done about it - slot drain, swale, etc ? if so, tell him you want that section taken out and redone to solve the drainage issue, and if he refuses call his Bond.

If it was just verbal, then you might be in a he-said, she-said situation unless you can identify/produce witnesses to the fact this was discussed as a requirement.

Other option, which is not so long-lived - urethane or similar waterproof sealant at the drive/house interface and the expansion joints leading into it, raise the concrete level a bit at the interface so it drains to the sides not the house, then at the sides of the concrete regrade and put in sloping ground/drains to carry the water coming off the drive away from the house. This assumes small amount of water coming toward the house - if you have a whole drive of runoff coming to the house, the vast majority of it needs to be intercepted before it gets there and diverted away, leaving only a small amount to handle at the house area. Commonly, after-the-fact, cutting out a slot across the drive (usually diagonal) and putting in a swale as separate concrete blocks (typically about 3-4 feet wide to make it gentle and still provide water carrying capacity and about 3-6 inches deep from adjacent slab surface to the flowline in the bottom of fthe swale - or putting in a slotted drain like this to trap the water coming down the hill -

Of course - other option is for him to tear it out and regrade properly and redo it.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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