01:12PM | 03/02/03
Member Since: 02/22/03
15 lifetime posts
I have cracks in my basement and garage floors. Both are concrete and I noticed that water has been seeping up through the cracks after it rains. We've had so much rain and snow in the past few months that I feel the ground is just sopping wet and hasn't been able to dry. I'm concerned that there may be more wrong. Help??

Jay J

04:23PM | 03/06/03
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi LoriUrso,

Make sure your gutters and downspouts are working properly.

The next time it rains, don your raincoat, boots, and umbrella, making sure you're careful about lightening, and take a walk around the structure. Water shouldn't be leaking from the gutters, shouldn't be running from BEHIND or OVER the gutters, and gutters should be wherever water is running off the roof line. Also, check that the downspouts are 'closed' and 'dumping' the water at least 3' from the foundation. Also, make sure you have at least a 1" slope, over a distance of 3', from the foundation, on out. If water is pooling anywhere NEAR the foundation, or if the gutters and/or downspouts have 'failures' that I mentioned, this will contribute to the ground getting too saturated and causing your problem. Certainly, there may be other sources of water that are egging on your problem, but I won't go there because they're not likely doing that.

Good luck! My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!

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