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03:11AM | 09/12/09
Member Since: 09/11/09
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With all this rain, the water table is very high.i live at the end of the block, so all the water drains down to my property. the top of my property is where sometimes water pools to maybe about 1/2 water in the grass. ( i have clay soil). i have french drains around the house and 2 sump pumps in the basement at the bottom where the basement slopes down. the sump pumps have never needed to go on.

in the corner of the unfinished section of the basement( where the floor meets the bottom of the wall),sometimes a few inches of the concrete wall is a little wet. in this area-

for the first time in 10 years of living here- the concrete floor covering a 2 foot section is wet

And I found a round circle of wood on the floor- I think it is a wood knot that may have fallen out from the wood backing behind the circuit breaker on the wall in the section.

The lawn sprinkler box and the Verizon fios box and a bunch of other things are there.

a few years back before i finished the basement, i had a mason guy drill into a diff section of the floor,and the water was draining properly into the french drains, so we felt it was unnecessary to install one of those high priced waterproofing systems

i am planning to call in an electrician, but that doesnt solve the wet floor or wall problem. i am not sure who to call for this issue.

do i call a landscaper to regrade the soil on the side of the house directly above this issue? or is there another solution? i do not have any mold at this point.


08:54AM | 09/12/09
Member Since: 03/03/05
271 lifetime posts
It's difficult to make a recommendation without seeing the situation. If the water table is high, a landscaping change may not make a difference. This summer, I have witnessed a lot of basements that have been typically dry, very wet. The ground should dry out over time and hopefully your basement will revert back to a dry state. Let's hope this rain cycle is over.

Keep the area dry or you will have a mold problem, it's just a matter of time.

If you live in the Boston area, I'd be happy to come out to see if I can point you in the right direction.

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