02:29AM | 04/19/01
Our home, which is 36 years old, has an perimeter drain built inside the foundation. This drain runs to the corner of the house where the pipes lead to a sump pump. The water leaks continually into the whole except in summer when it is dry. We're thinking of capping off the ends of the pipes and not allowing water to drain into the house hoping it will find other ways to go. Is anyone familiar with this type of setup and if so, any suggestions?


12:55PM | 04/19/01
Member Since: 01/16/01
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Why do you wish to cap the ends of the pipe? I believe you're describing a "french drain" that seems to be properly diverting moisture that would collect in your basement otherwise during the more wet seasons.

If it's not causing any damage and performing properly, why remove or disable it?


04:07AM | 04/21/01
We want to cap the ends of the pipes because we are getting a continually large flow of water into the catch basin. It is not just a trickle. My concern is if we cap off the ends will the water come through other areas of the basement or will it find other ways through the ground. Don't know. One other thing, we are thinking of putting our house on the market and are wondering how this will look to a potential buyer. Are these systems normal?


12:06PM | 04/21/01
Member Since: 04/03/01
40 lifetime posts
If you stop that water flow into the drain- the water may build up outside your wall foundation and seep in through the wall. Your wall could also buckle and cave in due to outside water pressure. I've seen it happen. Let the water come in though the drain and out the sump pump. A potential buyer will not be scared away because of the drain - sounds like it is doing what it is supposed to do. Those drainage systems are costly and should add to the value of your home by keeping your basement floor dry.
If you are nervous about potential buyers seeing the water actually come into the drain (although you shouldn't be), my only advice would be sell during a dry time (summer as you said) but MAKE SURE you note on the disclosure statement that water DOES come into the drain during the wet seasons.


01:53PM | 04/21/01
Member Since: 01/16/01
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The system you describe was installed (usually at a great cost if done after the house was built) to prevent the "large flow of water" you see entering the sump pit and leaving through the sump pump from collecting in your basement.

These systems are usually found in homes where the naturally occuring water table is or can be higher than the depth of the foundation. The houses around your home probably have the same or similar systems installed. If the other homes in your neighborhood do not have the system, your home is at an advantage from a selling point of view. The buyer has one less critical system to install or upgrade.

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