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Margaret59

08:08AM | 12/10/04
Member Since: 06/15/04
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I have a drain in the basement (finished basement) that I assume is for getting water *out* such as a washing machine flooding or a hot water tank letting go. when we have heavy rains here in the NW (Seattle) water comes up throught this drain and sometimes floods the basement. I am really stumped as to why this is happening. Last winter I had a sump pump put in 10ft from this drain intending to stop this problem but the water is back last night. Lot's of rain lately.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Margaret.

k2

11:30AM | 12/10/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hi Margaret,

Hopefully cellarwater or another pro will add to this post. But I just wanted to say that many years ago (in fact we used to live in the Seattle area) we had a house that had such a drain.

We found out that, in our case, such a drain didn't really go anywhere. A lot of times floor drains just go to a hole filled with rocks. So they hold water, but not an unlimited amount.

And if there's hydrostatic pressure outside, I'd think that water can find its way in.

Are your downspouts directed away from the area? Is the ground graded away from the foundation?

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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cellarwater

06:58PM | 12/10/04
Member Since: 12/09/03
178 lifetime posts
I think k2 hit the nail on the head. This "drain" probably goes to a drywell and that fills with groundwater & backs up in the basement. The quickest solution is to plug the drain. The sump pump will take any water that flows in the basement. C.
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