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Old 09-08-2011, 08:52 AM   #1
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Water seepage under my footings


Currently I'm planning on waterproofing around my foundation and installing new drainage system and sump pit. I realized while I was digging out the new sump pit that I may not solve the issue I'm trying to address.

First of all my basement is a crawl space with dirt floor throughout. On one side of the house I have about 3 or 4 feet of space and on the other side I have only about 2 feet. My basement floor is lower than the bottom of my footings and water seeps in underneath the footings.

The footings sit on solid rock, I dug through about 2.5 feet of it while installing the new sump pit. The soil around is mostly clay. What I see happening is water soaking through the soil and running along the rock under the footing and into my basement.

I'm wondering if my all the work I'm doing will solve the problem or just minimize the amount of water coming in. Would I also have to install drainage tile inside around the base of the footings? Or would I need to build a french drain outside somewhere?

Any advise is greatly appreciated.
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Currently I'm planning on waterproofing around my foundation and installing new drainage system and sump pit. I realized while I was digging out the new sump pit that I may not solve the issue I'm trying to address.

First of all my basement is a crawl space with dirt floor throughout. On one side of the house I have about 3 or 4 feet of space and on the other side I have only about 2 feet. My basement floor is lower than the bottom of my footings and water seeps in underneath the footings.

The footings sit on solid rock, I dug through about 2.5 feet of it while installing the new sump pit. The soil around is mostly clay. What I see happening is water soaking through the soil and running along the rock under the footing and into my basement.

I'm wondering if my all the work I'm doing will solve the problem or just minimize the amount of water coming in. Would I also have to install drainage tile inside around the base of the footings? Or would I need to build a french drain outside somewhere?

Any advise is greatly appreciated.
Drainage pipe would be handi leading into the pit,and a layer of blader material over the soil will keep the moisture away from the inside of the crawl space
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Drainage pipe would be handi leading into the pit,and a layer of blader material over the soil will keep the moisture away from the inside of the crawl space
Of course I will connect the new drainage tile to the sump pit via a pipe under the footing, just haven't gotten that far yet. So are you saying to lay plastic sheets out over the entire basement floor and just ignore the water coming in under the footings? I would rather stop water from coming in altogether if that's possible.
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