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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.
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.
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.