Letitia McLaughlin wrote:
I hired a gardener and he was digging holes to assess the soil quality and he found that there was very little top soil and lots of aggregate. So he kept digging 1/2 foot and he hit clay and then all of a sudden the hole starting filling with water.
Tyler Ludens wrote:To me this looks like the site was not properly prepared and that if possible you should contact the builder! Provision for drainage should have been part of the site prep, and it seems like you shouldn't have to pay extra for it after the fact.
Greg McCain wrote:One permacultury way of handling the problem is to take and plant a cutting of a weeping willow tree (away from the house).Weeping willows generally grow next to rivers.
(A) absorb some of the water
(B) the leaves falling will help add more soil and
(C) (If that doesn't help) You can chew on a branch cause they make aspirin out of them.
Either way good luck
Jotham Bessey wrote:Yep, building inspector first, then back to whoever was responsible for site prep to have them fix it. Cause if you get hard frost, you're gonna have trouble!
Skandi Rogers wrote:Take a trip down to citizens advice and ask them how to proceed.
I know from experience that gardening with that high a watertable is a real challenge and while I'm sure your house has a damp course (mine didn't it was too old) that amount of water isn't going to do anything any good.
Genine Hayden wrote:I’m in a similar boat in northern Michigan. The mobile home that was on the property when I bought the acreage seemed ok, (it was set in 2005 by former owner), but with every winterfreeze and spring thaw the house began to twist on itself. Additionally, the mudroom they built attached to the front is detaching.
So the replies are spot on. The contractor who prepared the area foundation should’ve known this and is responsible for insuring home will be stable. While this can turn into a tragedy, unless the builder takes immediate responsibility, my experience in the legal system (paralegal) knows the wheels of justice move slow as hell and retaining a GOOD lawyer is a must should the builder decide to let it go to litigation.
There were quite a few good links, and some solid suggestions I’m going to use for my own issue. But I would look at consulting your soil erosion department, the DNR and a professional landscaping engineer to see if there’s something you can do to mitigate the issue.
I am wondering if you have a good gutter system on the home? Try using rain barrels to catch the extra water and some good tubing to attach to barrels to carry water further from home. This might help keep things together while you go through the process with the builder?