I have a two-part problem.
Problem #1: The grade under my deck has developed a slope towards the foundation of the house. I have begun to get water seeping onto the floor of my finished basement. The deck is about 3 feet above the ground at the house and about feet above ground 14 feet away from the house. I've crawled under to check it out (there's just enough room to crawl around) and sure enough, the four feet closest to the house (the old back fill) has sunk about a foot, and in places there are bigger sink holes leading right to the basement wall.
Problem #2: The deck itself now slopes back toward the house. I built the deck (14'x24") 23 years ago. Three years after the house was built. I decided NOT to attach the deck to ledger board (BIG MISTAKE!) and build it "free standing" right up the house with access to a kitchen door. I dug (4)post holes about 2' from the basement wall, and filled them with concrete. They were inspected to be sure they were deep enough and below the frost line. The back fill has sunk, pulling the deck down with it.
Question: Should I just tear the whole thing apart, fix the grade, and build a new deck? Or is it possible to dismantle the deck, fix the grade, install a ledger board, and rebuild the deck saving as much material as possible? I need to address the water problem ASAP before I have Problem #3: Mold in my basement!
The deck boards are installed perpendicular to the house, so I cant just remove some of the boards. They must all go!