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Washed out area by house

Posted by jeanerz13 6a (My Page) on
Mon, May 26, 14 at 17:22

I have a water faucet on the north side of my house. When I have the hose hooked up and the water turned on, it kind of sprays everywhere from where the hose connects. I've had a plumber check it out before and he said there was nothing wrong with the faucet and I've tried new washers for the hose to no avail. I may try getting a replacement for that bit of hose that comes out of the hose reel to connect to the house.

Anyway, the result of all of this is kind of a sloppy area under the faucet whenever I need to use it. I think it's washed stuff away now that the ground level is lower next to the house than it is a few inches from the house (that's bad right?) Last year I put some rocks against the side of the house...I'm not exactly sure what the plan was though... maybe hoping it wouldn't be quite so muddy...anyway, I'm looking for a more permanent solution. I was thinking I would need to dig up those rocks, put some topsoil down and make it so that it slopes away from the house, and then put some kind of plants in there to help hold it in place. Maybe try to re-seed the area in front of whatever I plant with grass too.

Oh, and you can't see it in this picture, but there's a fence to the left that butts right up against the side of the house... it's kinda sucky just on the other side of the fence too. I can get some pictures that include the fence, but I figured whatever I do would kind of be carried on to the other side.

Any advice?

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RE: Washed out area by house

It's possible that hose (or implement) ends can be damaged making hose washers not capable of stopping the leak. If it's the hose, the ends can be cut off and replaced with new ones. If it's an implement (like a hose reel) it must be replaced (not worth parts cost or they're unavailable.)

RE: Washed out area by house

I had a similar area though on level ground. The plumber looked at me as if I was crazy for caring that it leaked. So I put down six 12x12" exposed aggregate pavers to keep the mud down and to have a resting spot for the hose-reel.

The spot was surrounded by hostas, so the moisture did not go to waste.

RE: Washed out area by house

Thanks for the responses. I do want to fix the cause of the problem, whether it be the hose, reel, or whatever. However, I feel the danage has been done, so to speak, and I'm wondering how to go about fixing the area so that I don't have a problem with water pooling next to the house. Should I pile dirt there and plant something like I had planned? Or would more rocks or landscape bricks be a better option? I have a lot of the trapezoid shaped blocks from tree rings I've been disassembling.

RE: Washed out area by house

Oops...double post

This post was edited by jeanerz13 on Tue, May 27, 14 at 0:34

RE: Washed out area by house

Fixing the grade you would do with topsoil.

RE: Washed out area by house

Thanks! Wondering how I'm going to go about it... if I fix just this section I might end up with a little hill where it could also run down the sides and not just the front away from the house... guess I'll just have to try and see how it goes... wish me luck! :)

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