Landscape problem for church
I'm council chair of our church in a very small town in Nebraska so we have hot summers, cold winters and snow.
We're having basement wall water issues that we're trying to address. We removed the landscape rock and edging and found a mucky mess. The grass area was dry. We discussed planting grass, then someone mentioned concrete (but there's concern about having adequate expansion joints). Another person suggested installing drain tile, but I was standing on a sidewalk when I took the pictures so we'd have to remove that or bore underneath, plus there's a sprinkler system and multiple utility lines in our path. I'm coming here because we're divided on what to do. The gutters are big enough and clean. As you're looking at the first picture you're looking west. The area doesn't get much sun. The alcove or U-shaped area is 12' wide by 24' deep and then the open area is another 10x24'.
Prior to the new addition (with siding), there used to be an enclosed stairway back in the alcove where the two windows have been bricked up. We removed and enclosed it in
The interior basement wall indicates moisture issues, but only seldom has the basement carpet been wet. The basement floor is carpet on top of wood, then a dead air space about 4" deep and then a concrete base. The walls/floor are monolithic. The concrete base shows no sign of moisture.
I've been told that the exterior walls were tarred or treated within the last 6 years or so.
Here are a couple pics. Any suggestions on what to do on the exterior? No one ever sees the area since it's on the backside of the church.