I live in a 1927 brick bungalow in Denver. Water was leaking into the house and caused considerable damage to the dry wall and downstairs floors.

It seems to be a problem caused by water trapped next to the house in an area with a concrete lip or border. Also, the brick goes down another 5 feet. I am thinking that creating good drainage away from this area (and no plants) will resolve the issue.

I would really appreciate any feedback on my current plan:

-Fill in the area with dirt above the 'lip' so the water flows over it.

-Seal the brick to protect it from future water damage (I was recommended Block Fill). I am worried about this step as I have read that water-repellent and waterproof coatings can cause damage, but the brick will be covered by dirt so I am wondering if it needs additional protection.

-Should I cover the dirt with something else to protect it further?

Thank you for any advice/feedback.