Brick veer touching foundation

Hope you all are doing good,

I have a question.

I have seen many houses where concrete pavement touches brick veer, and possibly this condition might allow water or snow intrusion in the dwelling. As what I believe is, There should be at least 6 to 8 inches of foundation visible around.

Since I am coming across this situation a lot and I don’t think its kind of deal breaker situation. How should I address this concern so I can be liability free and phrase it currently. Please advice.
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Below is what goes into my report in these situations:
• Improve, Repair: The wood sills of the structure are at or near grade level. Foundation walls should extend at least eight (8) inches above grade level so that wood structural members are protected from moisture and insect damage. Where insufficient clearance exists, grade level should be lowered, treated wood used, or an effective moisture barrier should be provided. During these improvements, further investigation of the wood sills should be undertaken as there is risk of hidden damage.

There could well be a brick step at the edge of the foundation. Sill plate may be 6-8 inches above grade but you can’t see it.
I saw brick and patio surfaces touching all the time.

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Judging from the window well the foundation extends above ground level

So no issue with pictured installation of the brick veneer?

Yes, something similar to this here;

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How did you came to that conclusion?

I don’t have a problem with it .

Not speaking for Dennis, but I think it is because these standard foundation windows are typically set with the tops directly underneath the sill plate or top of foundation. b69d4777b5b9ddd341da4c2eb6d0f7dff9af19d0


This is my concern. One of the biggest problems out there:

401.3 Drainage. Surface drainage shall be diverted to a storm sewer conveyance
or other approved point of collection that does not create a hazard. Lots shall be
graded to drain surface water away from foundation walls. The grade shall fall not
fewer than 6 inches (152 mm) within the first 10 feet (3048 mm).
Exception: Where lot lines, walls, slopes or other physical barriers prohibit 6
inches (152 mm) of fall within 10 feet (3048 mm), drains or swales shall be
constructed to ensure drainage away from the structure. Impervious surfaces
within 10 feet (3048 mm) of the building foundation shall be sloped not less
than 2 percent away from the building.

It would be pretty irregular to have a stud wall between the concrete basement foundation wall and the floor framing.

Do you think? That is my house being built 30 years ago…stud wall.pdf (427.8 KB)

Looks more like a split level

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Hope you ware well and in good spirits today.

Window wells. Egress windows? EERO. IE: Basement bedrooms. Separate habitable space for in-laws or elderly parents?

Wrong is wrong no matter how you color it for brick veneer.

Lot slope?
Concrete masonry surround sealed at the foundation?

Ponding water stains at the downspout roof water defuser tells me the gutters need cleaning and the lot slope is incorrect.

The concrete surround impedes natural soil evaporation. Heavy impervious material like concrete compacts/settles soil over time. Understanding the soil below and proper drainage is critical. If not, frost will work its magic.

Likely, by the looks of it, the landscaper did not excavate required soil for required lot slope, 6" inches higher for every 10’ feet of level lateral run, and added the concrete walk surround to the landscaping without foundation clearance.
Too bad.
So sad.

1: Heavy impervious material too close to the residential concrete foundation.
2: Flat lot grade.
3: Not sealed at the foundation.
4: Not masonry veneer clearance.
5: Partly blocked weep holes.

I became aware over 40 years, working with landscapers on weekends and part time during construction down tiles, landscapers’ are poorly educate in construction, if educated at all, on clearances and slope.
Most times the cause of/for negative lot slope, poorly positioned plant beds and plantings, shrubs and trees, you guest it.

Masonry clearance: The DPC level must be at least 100 mm above unprotected ground and 25 mm above permanent paving.

That’s completely different than the OP’s picture.
The picture above is a regular basement window cast in the foundation when poured.
Like this;

Minimum permitted ground clearances

Top of concrete slab on ground – veneer cladding – above paving - 100 mm

Maybe, maybe not…

Well, you would think the OP would know that right off the bat.