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Rufus
Mulch against foundation
Rufus

I recently read a article that you should not place mulch directly against block foundation as it holds moisture which can cause moisture on the interior basement wall. Is this true? If yes what space should let be from the foundation?

HoustonRemodeler
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HoustonRemodeler

Round these parts its code to have at least 6 clear, visible inches of exposed foundation.

Do you have a basement below grade? Where do you live? How high over the mulch is wood framing / siding ?

Rufus
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Rufus

Live in Reading about 15 miles north of Boston, Mass. The foundation is below grade except for 2 feet. The house has wood shingles which is about 1ft about the much.

HoustonRemodeler
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HoustonRemodeler

It would be my guess the foot of clear space is all you need.

Ants can walk through dirt to get to your foundation as easily as mulch.

dj1
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dj1
Reclark wrote:

Live in Reading about 15 miles north of Boston, Mass. The foundation is below grade except for 2 feet. The house has wood shingles which is about 1ft about the much.

Common sense says that it's not a good idea to have mulch right up to the foundation. Now, you can check with landscape contractors, nurseries or even your building dept if this subject is covered by your local building code.

With wood shingles as close as 1 ft to the mulch, I would be a bit concerned.

Clarence
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Clarence

Houston is correct about the clearance.
Check with your termite bonding company they will have the correct answer.
Also see if you can get it in writing or it may already be in your contract.

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