Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation


06:39PM | 07/05/08
Member Since: 07/04/08
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This may be a legal question. Or it may be an engineering question. We bought a house 5 years ago with a finished basement without any water problems. Since then, a new housing development has gone in along side our house. We have had several flooding issues since then. So much so that we have had to tear out our carpeting. Our two sump pumps have not been able to keep up when the storms hit. Also, our sump pump goes off constantly, rain, shine and even throughout the winter months. This has never happened before. Is it possible that the new development has played a role in the water table and/or the runoff from their homes? We seem to be on the low end of all the homes. If this is the case, can we pursue this legally with the builder?


07:55AM | 07/14/08
Member Since: 03/03/05
271 lifetime posts
There is a possibility that the new construction has attributed to the flooding. However, proving it in court is another issue.

Often homes that have never flooded will flood after so many years because over time underground channels will form allowing water to enter your basement.

We have had a lot of the same problems here in the Boston area where typically dry basements have flooded in the past you are not alone.


07:05PM | 07/18/08
Member Since: 07/17/08
2 lifetime posts
We are having the same problem. How do you handle the problem? We have 3 pumps running and they still can't keep up.

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