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Old 01-30-2008, 02:48 PM   #1
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My brick basement was infiltrated by the roots of several yew trees (Last homeowner cut them from 35 feet tall down to 5 feet tall last year: it killed them). Now whenever it rains, water comes in where the roots do.

I need to wait until spring until I can trench and install proper drainage. (I have to jackhammer up a concrete apron first ).

Any thoughts on using a rain barrel with some sort of overflow to stem the tide until I can undertake the 'big dig'?

I know water is still likely to travel down the roots, but I thought if I could slow it down and relocate it's output it might help.

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Could you try hydraulic cement in the holes in the basement? It expands as it dries. Might buy you some time. Or I might be off my rocker.

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It's 200 year-old mortar. I am reluctant to use hydraulic lime, I've read it will eventually pop off the lime mortar.

When warmer and dryer weather returns I am going to trench down the foundation, add a sealant and add rigid insulation. Did I mention I have to remove the 15 dead yew stumps along with the concrete (ug!). Hell, it's just labor, right?
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Do you have gutters? If so, just get temp. extenders to direct water past the yews. If not, you are pretty well out of luck till spring. Good job on not screwing up your lime mortar, BTW.
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I have a gutter extender. Currently it is around six feet long and empties into the low part of the yard (I know). In order to move the run-off into a 'different' drainage area I would have to extend it around 20 feet.
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