11:58AM | 06/20/03
Member Since: 02/22/03
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I have an outside entrance to my basement and there is a drain that seems to go nowhere. I have had it snaked twice and it doesn't seem to go very far. The problem is, we've had so much rain here and now it's raining so hard that the water is backing up and coming in the basement. Can someone tell me what I can do to make this drain better?


03:23PM | 06/20/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
I think sometimes those drains DON'T go very far. If I'm not mistaken, I think sometimes they're basically dug holes filled with stones to take "most" of the run-off.

These work fine "most" of the time...but you're right, they don't take to "snaking" as they don't go very far--and they're not the greatest if there's MAJOR rainfall. It could be that your house uses one of these types of sumps. I think a house we owned many years ago had one of these. (It's not what you want to hear--but we kept a shop-vac handy when the rain wouldn't quit.)

Hopefully the rain will stop soon and give you a break!


03:40PM | 06/20/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Oh, and one more thing....You've probably heard this before--but anything you can do OUTSIDE of the house to slope water away from the house can only help. This includes how the dirt slopes away from the foundation, and also raingutters from the roof. (I guess the idea is to send it to the neighbor's basement instead of yours!)

Good luck, and hope for sun!

plumber Tom

07:06AM | 06/21/03
Member Since: 05/10/03
810 lifetime posts
Or you can install a grid drain near the threshold of the door that ties directly into the existing basement waterproofing system. Water will enter the drain and run right to the sump pump.


07:16AM | 06/21/03
Member Since: 02/22/03
15 lifetime posts
Thank you both very much, what is a grid drain?


07:26AM | 06/21/03
Member Since: 02/22/03
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Oh and I have been sloping away from my house, all of this rain has just been terrible. I'm going to do some more soon, thank you again.


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