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03:14AM | 11/01/05
Member Since: 05/27/04
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Hello. I'm getting water into my basement through the wall/floor joint in a few areas of the basement. Also, in the same areas, I have water coming in through the tie-rod holes. I do have a sump pump, but it is on the opposite side of the basement. The sump that is there seems to be the original pit/pipes. The sump pump itself is a little newer. The pump just failed on us and we had 3 inches of water in the basement. I've had 2 contractors come in so far. 1 told me that simply fixing the sump pump will solve all of my problems. His reasoning was that the water coming through the joints was due to the sump pump backing up. Well I've had water in the joints when the pump was totally dry. In fact, I've never had water in the pump until this last time, but I have had water through the tie rod holes and the floor joint. The 2nd contractor seemed to listen a little more and suggested an "internal channel". This is a pipe around the entire perimeter of the basement. It would go on the inside just under the floor and would then be covered with gravel and cement to seal the floor. This sounds like the better fix. Has anyone had this done or does anyone have any comments? The 2nd guy would also install a new state of the art sump pit/pump. The internal channel would run into the pump. This is different from Basement Systems dry track in that this sits under the floor. Supposedly it will relive all/most of the hydrostatic pressure this way.




12:12PM | 08/02/13
Hi, this is an old post but I came across it and wanted to answer the question.

The drainage channel around the perimeter will prevent the water at the floor/wall joint. The tie-rod holes should be sealed and/or drained down to the drainage channel.

Basement Systems would only install the DryTrak system if you have a monolithic or very thin basement floor where the WaterGuard product wouldn't fit. The photo shows the WaterGuard drainage channel during installation. It sits beneath the basement floor and drains to a sump pump.
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