Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation


12:34PM | 05/02/16
I live in Upstate New York and recently moved into my house with a cinder block basement. This winter was mild snow wise but more than once we experienced high amounts of rain in February with a frozen ground. During two of these storms we had issues with water in our basement. Not major flooding , just a small puddle expanding a few feet from the wall. Besides that, we haven't had any issues (normal rain fall and spring melt - although there wasn't much snow to melt). The area we live in is mostly sand and currently the grass goes right up to the foundation. The house also has gutters. In the near future we would like to finish our basement but would like to ensure this water issue doesn't occur again. Reading a few posts, the common suggestion is starting outside first rather than sealing the wall on the inside. In this instance would the suggestion be the same thing? If so, what's the best plan of action? If laying crushed stone is the best solution, how deep do you standard let go with the stone?

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