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Inpiggy

05:28PM | 05/29/07
Member Since: 08/13/05
5 lifetime posts
Bvbasement
I am buying a new...old house. It was built in 1866 and hasn't been maintained very well in at least the last 10 years.

There is a problem with water in the basement which appears to be coming up through cracks in the floor. We are getting a 203K loan which requires a HUD inspection. The inspector said the water problems needs to be addressed as sometimes they can get up to 2" of water there.

There are no structural problem in the walls or foundation. My guess after doing some internet reading is it's hydrostatic pressure causing it. The house is not near any large table of water and it's most likely ground water.

This is my plan and I just wanted to get a few comments to see if it would work. I don't expect a completely waterproofed basement due to the age of the house, but I want to make sure after the new furnace is installed it doesn't start floating.... The basement ceiling is too low to finish off as living space anyway, my head hits the ceiling as it is.

I was going to install a sump pump into the basement and have a batter backup installed in the sectiont that appears to have the most water coming up. I was also going to clean the gutters and run the water away from the house as the current system comes down right next to the house. I was also going to dry-lock the walls with the drylok paint to help with any water coming through the walls. I was going to try to keep from digging any trenches, exterior work or french drains.

Any comments?

KingVolcano

11:21AM | 06/03/07
Member Since: 03/03/05
273 lifetime posts
I would walk away from this house. Unless you want to spend a lot of time and money into somehting that may or may not work, just walk away.

2" of water is a lot of water and a lot of hydrostatic pressure if you try to contain it. I have seen people coat their floors with epoxy and other products only to turn their basement into a pool when the water finds a way in.

Not to mention all the issues with mold.
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