Drainage Problem Solution Needed for Low Foundation Wall

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Braun Reyes
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I am hoping for some advice on a water problem that we have.  Currently during heavy rains water can seep in over the foundation wall top on the front and right side of the house(when facing it).  Our re-grading options are limited because next door apartment building drive way is higher than us.  Even if I attempt to slope away the soil, the wall top will still be below ground.

We just had a bunch of dirt in the front removed and sod installed as low as we could, but front foundation wall top is still below ground.

2.4 of inspection shows this is in attached picture.  Picture 1 is the front and Picture 2 is the side.

I have heard and read that you could create a retaining wall against the exterior of the house using pressure treated wood that would allow me to create a slope and have a barrier between the house and soil/water.  I have also read that you could glue a heavy plastic to do this well.

My plan in mind is to have some type of wood or plastic that would allow me to raise the grade enough for a slope and then use rock/gravel for better drainage.

Your thoughts and ideas would be appreciated.