Weekend Warrior

12:10PM | 12/18/03
Member Since: 11/29/02
106 lifetime posts
I have a rather old house witha rather wet basement. The foundation is brick with a cement slab floor. The floor is almost always wet in areas.

I know the usual solutions to wet basements include gutters and moving water away from the house.

My question is:
In the mean time can I cut shallow sloping grooves in the salb from the wettest spot to the sump pit?

Well, actually I KNOW I can, but does it make sense and how would it be seen by an inspector if I decide to sell down the road?


11:32AM | 03/07/04
Member Since: 03/06/04
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you can cut the grooves (you could call them crack control joints), or you could pour a 2 inch (or so) concrete cap on the existing slab and make sure that the surface of the cap has a proper slope.

how much water are you talking about. if it is just a thin film (damp looking) - it is unlikely that there is a sufficient volume of water to flow in a groove. I would try shifting downspouts, regrading the ground adjacent to the side of the house so that the ground surface slopes away from the house, etc., first.
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