Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation


02:59AM | 03/21/04
Member Since: 03/20/04
3 lifetime posts
When it rains I have water under one side of my house. Because the lot slopes it all ends up on one side. I think this is due to the septic drain field in the back yard being higher than the lowest point under the house. The drain field is far enough away that there is no oder problem but the water could cause other problems. I can put a french drain at the lowest point under the house but will this realy correct the problem? If this will work, how dept should I dig? I can dig to a level below or even with the foundation if this is needed. Will I have foundation problems later? What about mildew etc. Thanks for your help on this.


09:44AM | 03/28/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1278 lifetime posts
Yes, Most cellar leaks are because there is a problem with the perimeter drains being blocked or improperly installed. I suppose that sometimes there are hopuses built with none.

At the level of your footings, a perforated pipe should be laid in a bed of washed stone that will let the ground water find a way to run out to daylight away from the house, or if slopes preclude that, to a sump pump to move the water mechanically.

Water always flows downhill. if you don't provide a path, the path of least resistance becomes your basement wall. No matter how good we think we waterproof it, water will finds a way in if no other path is provided.

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