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02:41PM | 10/12/18
I have had enough with water in my basement. My home is old, so called historical part of town. The part where the city won't spend money and install storm drains. My home was built in the early 50s and is a cinder block or concrete block basement. It hasn't always leaked and when it did it was another side of the basement that fill dirt was able to take care of. What happens now is when we have had a wet season or a lot of rain in a period of time, like we did this last week it will begin to leak. It leaks just above the next to the last row of blocks that join the poured floor. I have a sump pump. The pump will not run during the rain but when it does then I know it won't be long and water will be in the basement. It will have 5 to 6 areas that have a small constant flow coming out like a sink that is on a steady small stream. This water I use to vac up but now I just let in run to the drains. The pump then is running and at times I also use a submersible pump to help with the stress on the other pump. The side that leaks is the front of my home and is poured concrete next to the foundation that slopes away from the house. When it rains long and hard it will then start seeping through the wall where it meets the floor on the North side of my house which is a crawl space. When the rain stops it is a very short time usually under 30 mins that all the water stops leaking in. I have contracted several individuals and companies to see what can be done to stop it. I will have to refinance and pull out equity to repair it. I'm a divorced mother of 2 that are now grown young men and I just can't continue to live by the radar and weather forecast. I miss work or go without sleep taking care of and watching the basement. I can't make plans or go out of town without checking the weather. I of course can't sell the home with this issue. I want to educate myself before meeting with the different foundation repair companies. I would appreciate your knowledge.
Thank you,

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