01:08AM | 07/13/14
I am looking for a simple way to remove water from my basement when we get very heavy, prolonged rain. This may occur maybe 1-3 times every year or two. The water comes in from the walls of a stone foundation. There is no water from the floor itself, since the sump pump in one corner seems to keep everything underground in check .I was in touch with an older contractor, who has since retired, who recommended cutting a channel around the perimeter of the floor. It would be about an inch away from the wall, a few inches deep and a few inches across. The water seeping in from the walls would fall into the channel and flow into a sump, where it would be pumped out. This is not an interior French drain set up. Much less invasive. Unfortunately, everyone is trying to sell me the interior French drain system and I think it just over kill for my situation.

Does anyone have any experience with this type of set up?


10:09AM | 07/13/14
Set your saw at a 45 degree angle about 1/2 in deep and run the saw as close as you can get it to the wall. Then come back in the opposite direction to form a v groove. They've done this in Egypt for centurys.


09:26PM | 07/13/14
Thank you for your reply. Is that small a cut able to handle a decent amount of flow? While I don't have gushing amounts coming in, it can accumulate pretty fast.


06:23AM | 07/14/14
It's hard to say exactly but you get the idea. I don't know exactly how fast the water is coming in. You can start small and enlarge if you have to.
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