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11:18AM | 02/25/14
My daughter and son-in-law recently bought a home that is over 100 years old and has a basement. When there is heavy rain, the basement will get wet. It doesn't really flood and there is a large drain in the middle of the floor. Since it doesn't really flood, and since it doesn't happen all the time, what is the best way to handle this? I have read on your posts that it can be very expensive to install a sump pump and they are both full time college students so money is very tight right now for them. What is the best way to handle this? Is there something that can be done without having a sump pump installed? And what would the drain in the middle of the floor be? It honestly doesn't seem to "drain" well when water does happen to get in to the basement. Any suggestions on what I can do to help make the basement a better, safer area of the house would be great. It is a dark, unfinished area that is only used for storage but it does have this horrible shower in the very back of the basement that nobody would ever consider using. It's worse then a public bathroom and I'm not even sure water is turned on to the shower. Thank you for any suggestions that you could give me. The house was inspected at purchase and nothing was said about the basement, but I do know that a lot of things can be overlooked and as I said, the house is over 100 years old and didn't have to meet the standards we currently have now. Thank you for your time and help

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