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02:44AM | 04/26/17
Hi. Thanks to everyone in advance for your help. I am getting water through one basements wall. It is a trickle. I have a sump pump that was reared and works fine. However no water ever gets to the sump pump pit. I had a plumbing company come out and they ran a camera through the sump pump drain. The said it was clear and looked good. They then ran a camera through down spout drain that is near the wall that is leaking. This drain runs around the house to the street. The found a obstruction in this drain which they cleared. We thought that would fix the problem. But next time it rained still had problem. I now have called several waterproofing companies. The estimates are $8000 to do interior drain and $17,000 to do both interior and exterior drains. Both are a lot of money for us. They both had very scary presentations, much of which I do not understand, on what could happen. I do not understand why no water is getting to the sump pump drains??? I bought this house in September 2016. It is 15 years old. None of my neighbors are having this problem. Same builder was used. I live in northeast Ohio. I would appreciate any suggestions or ideas on next steps.


10:19AM | 05/03/17
The efficiency of your sump pump depends on the ability for groundwater to make it to your pump. The issue is that while a small amount of water may seep into the pit frm the adjacent ground it does not provide an easy path to the sump pit such as perimeter piping inside the basement. I would cut a small trench(6") around the basement and install a perf pipe with clean rock around it which provides valleys for water to travel. The pipes must terminate into the sump pit for maximum effectiveness

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