Foundation Stabilization and Repair/French Drain

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Hope you can answer this question,  i have water damage in my kitchen since the backyard slopes down into the kitchen and is destroying the floor.  I have some people come in and both suggests to put in a french drain, but maybe this is not the best solution.  Can you suggest something else.  I don't like the idea that a French Drain need to be cleaned out every two years so i don't like this as a good long term solution.
Thank you for your time.

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Hello Mary
I would say that a french drain would probably create bigger problems in the long run. Possible soil issues including accelerated foundation damage, etc.
I believe your best plan would be re-grading the affected area to create a slope away from the building out to a point where a controlled swale could divert the storm water. This would require professional grade and drainage planning from an experienced landscaping contractor. It looks like the concrete would need to be replaced during this proper remedy.
I wish you the best!
Respectfully          Ed Eckley

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I will be happy to answer any questions regarding foundation problems of any type. Questions pertaining to construction methods, Problematic soils, Settling & Movement, Frame torsion & racking, Preventative measures, Repair methods of all types.

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Over 18 years in the industry. A.S.M.E. Certified,(American Society of Mechanical Engineering). Hydraulics Design Expert. 18 years of hands on soil manipulation. Over 500 homes repaired, and over 20 commercial buildings repaired. Extensive soil knowledge. Familiar with most types of repair methods and the expected results of each.

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Ezine.com Article Title: Foundation Problems Do's & Don'ts custombuildingsupport.com: Foundation Repair Methods

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High School Graduate 1976 Trade School Graduate 1976 College Graduate 1978

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Certificates of achievment: Excel Industries Letters of appreciation: City of Golden Awards & Plaques: Jacobsen Turf Division

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