Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation


05:56AM | 04/22/04
Member Since: 04/20/04
2 lifetime posts
I have a problem with water seeping into my house from the patio. The concrete patio slab is at the same height as the foundation slab so when it rains water accumulates and runs backwards into the house, especially where the doors and walls meet. The patio slopes slightly away from the house and water runs off in the right direction. However, due to the height of the patio and the low degree of the slope, the water doesn't drain fast enough.

I've been told my foundation and my patio slabs unfortunately have the same tension cables running under them so there's no way to lower the patio slab. I've also been told a french drain is not possible due to these cables.

Is this true? Is there any way to fix this problem?

Please help.


Glenn Good

08:39AM | 04/28/04
Member Since: 09/10/03
314 lifetime posts
Do you have gutters to channel water from the roof away from the patio? Installing them would be my first suggestion if you don't already have them.


09:42AM | 04/28/04
Member Since: 04/20/04
2 lifetime posts
Thanks for your reply.

I recently had new gutters installed. They are a tremedous help but as soon as they fill with leaves or get clogged the problem starts all over again. Also, since my house is a flat front, I sometimes get wind blown rain that the gutter doesn't catch.

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