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JulieB

05:38PM | 06/17/01
Member Since: 06/16/01
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After we built out house 7 yrs ago we discovered we built on a clay bed. We dug around the outside of the home (underground trench). One area about 10 ft. wide wasn't done. During heavy wind swept rains on that side(about 2x's a yr) we get water in the basement. Should we dig up that section outside & break through the clay bed or install a sump pump? Is there a system that can be installed w/out disturbing the concrete floor much & finished basement on other side? The outside is sloped & drainage is working. What would you do? Thanks

rpxlpx

05:41AM | 06/18/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
Do you know for sure where the water is coming in? Your "wind swept" statement is of interest. Does the basement NOT get wet when the rain is heavy WITHOUT wind? If that is the case, I'd be wondering if the problem is caused by above ground leaks.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited June 18, 2001).]

JulieB

11:09AM | 06/18/01
Member Since: 06/16/01
2 lifetime posts
We can get a 3" rain downpour & not one drop in the basement. But when it is windswept against the front of the house we can see the blocks at the bottom of the basement fl get darker (wet). Within a few hours we have water coming in through the blocks. My husband made a small hole in 1 block closet to the floor to release the water but you have to watch for it to start coming in & then we hook the shopvac right at the hole to catch the water. This seems to happen about once a yr & I'd like to avoid this in case we're not home some time & then we really will have a flood. What do you mean about the ground leaks? Thanks for answering

rpxlpx

07:07AM | 06/19/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
I should have hyphenated the words:
"above-ground". I meant the leak(s) might be above the ground. Since wind doesn't blow below ground, and the only factor that seems to affect the leaking is wind, then maybe the problem is above the ground level. (This is in a basement, right?)
However, your next post suggests otherwise. Now I wonder if there's a slight suction or vacuum in your house when the wind blows hard that's encouraging the leaking.

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