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Old 12-27-2012, 10:40 AM   #1
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ground water around lolly column

Can I seal the area around the base of a lolly column in my basement where water during heavy rains enters?


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Old 12-27-2012, 03:42 PM   #2
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Sure sounds like someone added it without a footing under it to support it.


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Old 12-27-2012, 04:30 PM   #3
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a photo may aid in providing useful advise .... Welcome to the Forum!

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Old 12-27-2012, 05:16 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by GBrackins View Post
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A picture is always worth a thousand words in these forums. There is quite a bit of variability when it comes to terminology.

Is there any sump/weeping tile in the home? That much moisture under the slab is never a good thing.
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understanding this problem's easier when you compare your very fine home's bsmt to a ship's hull below the waterline,,, yes, you can stop this leak however whatever mtl you select must resist infiltrating water pressure,,, once having stopped that leak, where will it appear next ? a crack in the floor, a corner, or somewhere up the bsmt wall ? stopping that particular leak won't resolve the basic problem,,, pay attn to the post re sump, pump, draintile

not that it will help much at this late date but be sure your foundation's backfill slopes 6' our & 6" down from where grade meets bsmt walls - downspout drainage is also important

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Old 12-28-2012, 03:22 PM   #6
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Footing around these columns and the rest of the slab are often poured separately. So the cold joint makes the weak point where water can push through. If every heavy rain is pushing through, the column is also rusting that much quicker and will be compromised in the future. There is nothing you can do from the top to handle the leak.
You really need more info on the layout of your house so you can address the ground water issues. If outside land grading does not help, next simplest may be to have a sump pit, either inside or out. Water collecting under your slab "may" drain into the sump.


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