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Old 03-22-2013, 02:05 PM   #1
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water in basement after a thaw


Hi,
I am a newbie to forums. Pls. pardon any oversights.
I have noticed a small amount of water (puddle) at the junction of the wall with the floor in my basement especially after a thaw following a significant snowfall. It dries up in the following couple of days and it is about 15 feet from my sump pump which works very well.
It is a new house built 6 years ago and this has happened a couple of times this year for the first time (at least I have noticed it for the first time).
I asked the builder who has said it is a minor hydraulic pressure problem and should not have long term consequences. Should I be worried or forget about this?
Please help!

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No foundation sealing on the outside.
No drain tile on the outside of the wall.
No drain tiles under the slab leading to the sump pump.
Grade not running away from the foundation.
Mulch or flower bed up againt the foundation.
No gutters or the down spouts do not run far enough from the foundation.

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Thank you for the quick reply, joecaption!
Those are pretty good and wide variety of possibilities that you have mentioned.
There have been similar seasonal thaws and heavy rains in the past few years and I don't think we had this problem except this year.
Is it possible to narrow it down to anything particular?
Any help would be most welcome.
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take a hose outside and start spraying down low at the foundation wait 30 minutes if no water keep moving up until you have water and thats your problem
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Thanks zcs20027.
Sorry to sound dumb, what exactly do you mean by that is the problem?
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like joe said = keep the water away from the house in the first place. then there will be no water to get in.

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