When we think of landscaping, green leaves and flowers usually come to mind. But that’s only the soft-scaping. Most landscaping includes soft-scaping and hard-scaping–things like raised planting beds and retaining walls. A client recently came to us to fix a leaky basement. He’d been experiencing basement flooding for a number of years and asked us to repair the drywall and wood damage. We knew just be looking at it that a cosmetic repair like that would be a waste of money if we didn’t fix the reason it was flooding in the first place.
Thankfully, the home owner trusted us. When we ripped out the damaged drywall, we found a significant crack in the foundation. We knew a crack that large that had also been leaking water had to go all the way through. We sealed the interior crack with a generous patch of foundation sealer before performing the requested drywall and paint repairs. Then we moved outside to finish the job. There, we discovered that the reason for the cracked foundation was the improper installation of raised planting beds. Because they were up against the house and lacked proper drainage, water had been pooling around the foundation of the house for years and eventually tore it up.
Below is a photo essay of what we encountered and how we corrected it.