04:08AM | 11/30/05
Member Since: 07/10/05
13 lifetime posts
I have a 6 year old home with 13 course cinder block basement. My walls in the front of my home are soaked. Builder wants to put holes along the bottom of the blocks where we see water somehow in the gap for the drain system saying that will eliminate the problem except I don't have a sump pump and he says the floating slab will cover it. I don't agree based on everything I'm reading there must be an issue outside with cracks in the blocks that must be fixed.

Around the front steps it is coming in at the concrete to steps level. I completely sealed with concrete compound around the steps perimeter and it didn't stop it. The front walls are brick to the steps so could it be coming in behind the bricks?

Most areas the water appears to be coming in at the ground level but from all viewing there is proper grading and there is no standing water. It is mainly at all the corners as my foundation goes in and out a lot. We put in drains from the gutters out 6 feet.

Last there is some water seepage at the bottom block some even deep into where front steps are and some even in the back yard area. The front steps keeps me wondering about water behind the brick.

Basement actually feels dry and is not humid but, walls are visibly and feel soaked.

My front roof is a-line by the front steps so there is no gutter and we just noticed that the roof tiles are not overhanging in this area. Builder says that's not the problem.

Help Please? I have a 10 year HOW which basically covers nothing as they will say builders problem and I am the 2nd owner and sadly while we hired an out of town highly recomended inspector who actually teaches township inspectors he found nothing and told us that he thought the basement was dry. He basically found nothing wrong. Sellers said they didn't have water but, our walls are wet all the time if it rains.

Is weeps holes going to help or cause further problems. He isn't putting in a sump pump nor the plastic to capture water as he says it will be below. I checked in our radon hole and found it 30% full after a hard rain.


04:19AM | 11/30/05
Member Since: 07/10/05
13 lifetime posts
Sandy soil surrounds home.


07:26AM | 11/30/05
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts

NO, no weep holes in block bsmt Walls! lol

dont a get mad Mr builders for god sakes, but a builder is a builder, not a specialist in waterproofing, end of that story.

Yes mag, part/all/maybe none of the water Could be getting behind the bricks above ground level, at ANY point from the 1st course all the way up. And IF it is then sure, you will see water/dampness anywhere along the bsmt wall(s).

Now can call me if you like, makes it alot easier on my azz 313-881-8035, i have time now and ONLY wish to help you/others.

if not, pics always help. you are getting water inside due to several possibilities.

i`ll truthfully `n redundantly say again, ANY inside drain tile or baseboard dewatering system dos NOT stop/prevent water from entering through cracks `n other openings in basement walls or any openings/crevices ABOVE ground level, thiis IS HOW & WHY Most people get water onto their basement floor & one has to go Outside to fix/seal ALL openings correctly.

And before one can do that, before YOU or Anyone spends .01 cent, you darn well better DEFINE exactly WHERE the water is entering. Just because you or Any homeowner who has block bsmt walls does NOT see cracks on the Inside of basement, doesnt mean there arent any crack on the Outside of those same block walls. Many bsmt walls have 1/4,1/2 + wide cracks on the Outside of block walls and when looking at walls inside the basement they will see nothing,only water on the floor coming from the cold joint usually.

Now, water can & does enter homes through openings Above ground and that water can get INTO the hollow-block walls and wind up on your bsmt floor, ONLY thing that matters is the water Entering. Often it is through cracks in the bsmt wall below grade, but about 20% of peoples problems/entryways are above ground incl`g open mortar joints,cracked/loose/porous bricks,where a hose for a central a/c unit enters the house,around basement windows,around front-side doors...any window with a vent or or old, just because someone may have 'new' window(s) means squat. and other possibilities.

IF YOUR problem(s) was seeing water coming up through cracks in the basement floor then you wouldnt be seeing water/dampness etc on bsmt walls, you wouldnt see water coming in either through any part of the wall, high or low or at the cold joint.

Around a porch there are several possibilities for water to enter from outside and wind up inside the basement. For instance...below the porch cap, if there any Un-sealed bricks etc, anywhere around the front door/threshold. Above the front door, i`ve seen doorbells and mailboxs be part of a homeowners problem...let me know


07:44AM | 11/30/05
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts

raising the grade and having it slope away from our homes is fine BUT 1) if yer going to raise the SOIL against Unsealed bricks then this could...CAUSE a problem!

Bricks/blocks-mortar joints etc need to be sealed 'before' putting dirt against them. If there are any small openings/crevices in the joints between any bricks-blocks,or porous/cheap bricks and ya raise the grade...put soil agst these lil openings, you can and at some point will get water to enter through them which can also cause mold,allow some radon to enter,efflorescence,termites etc.

And while raising the grade should divert Some-Surface-Water away from home/walls, it isnt going to keep ALL water away from entire foundation depth.



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