07:51AM | 06/22/03
Member Since: 06/21/03
1 lifetime posts
Hello everyone,

My wife and I just moved into our home less then a year ago. We live in the northeast, and after the two heavy snow storms in March we started getting water in our basement. Not water up to our knees or anything, but none the less, water. It would seep in through where the walls meet the floor, and also in the middle of the basement, seem to come from underneath the ground on up.

We first hired a drainage "expert" who installed new downspouts and cleaned out all our drains. This did nothing, as we still received water.

Then we hired a water proofing guy who installed french drains in our backyard, and added tons of soil around the exterior of our house. Still getting water, while not as much.

What more can we do?? We've already spent a couple of thousan dollars to no avail, and I'm getting (aside from broke) tired of things not working for us. Any suggestions at all?? Please advise...thanks,


04:48PM | 06/22/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Welcome jaylesh,

I'm not a 'drainage expert' but it sounds to me like they did some rather important things....the french drain, and gutters to move rainwater from your roof away from your foundation. That's a lot of water being directed 'downhill.'

You might also try (if possible) digging a kind of channel (uphill from the house) to divert water around your house. Nothing fancy mind you, just enough (say, using a hoe), to move some more runoff around the house.

I imagine all these things might even take a while to take effect...after all you've got a LOT of water pressed up against your foundation. I used to live in a wet climate myself, and found that "fixes" were generally longer-term than I would've liked. (And, as I said in a previous posting, we kept a shop-vac handy in case the rain wouldn't quit!)

Good luck, I know too much water can get can too little...

plumber Tom

08:11PM | 06/23/03
Member Since: 05/10/03
810 lifetime posts
Welcome Jay to the boards! I will explain to you hydrostatic pressure to your surrounding foundation, walls, etc. For a detailed in depth description, and most important a solution to your problem. Please contact me on Tom


08:27AM | 06/27/03
Member Since: 06/26/03
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