Regrade dirt around foundation
We are in year 2 of home ownership. This was a bank owned home that sat for awhile and wasn't well maintained before foreclosure.
This winter we spotted some water damage in our basement. Had a basement repair specialist inspect it, he said we needed to wait until spring and then:
a) Dig up the broken sump pump pipe, fix it ourselves for $10-20 bucks
*** Sump pump is in NW corner, same spot as most of the water damage
b) Regrade our soil around the foundation to run away from the house.
See the attached photo. The pink lines/dots are the water damage areas.
We have a bunch of free, clean fill dirt to use, so I'm hoping to regrade every problem area.
1) West/East sides: Do we need to dig up all of the vegetation and top soil, fill that space with dirt, top it with plastic, then soil and vegetation?
Or can we simply get rid of the big stuff, top everything with fill dirt, then top it with plastic, soil & vegetation?
(there is little vegetation and none we planted or like)
2) Northwest Side: lots of shrubbery/vegetation. Should we just pile up the topsoil and make sure we add a grade of soil & mulch each year to keep water running away from the house? Or does that need to come up too? That NW corner is the main culprit of the water damage.
3) South side: we are going to redo this deck in the next year or two. Can we get away with just piling up fill dirt here? Should we build the deck first (maybe in june) and then regrade the dirt below it?