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Old 05-18-2014, 09:44 PM   #1
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Ok so let me give an overview.

I have a sump pump and from what I can gather a floating foundation.

There is a trench around my entire basement about 1 inch deep 2 inches wide.

Problem I am having is the pitch/grade of the drainage trench is low in one point and won't drain into the sump pump...

I cleaned it out made it slightly better. However there is so much sediment in the trench that it has changed the grade or if I am right and we have a floating foundation that is affecting the pitch.

In one corner of the basement the trench is completely filled with sediment and dirt..

Any recommendations on what I cam because right now I have water sitting I the trench around my basement. I will add pictures in a few.

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Old 05-18-2014, 10:47 PM   #2
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Old 05-19-2014, 06:05 AM   #3
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I have a sump pump ... There is a trench around my entire basement (with a gap at the top of it near the wall) about 1 inch deep 2 inches wide.

pitch/grade of the drainage trench is low in one point...
Ordinarily there is NO pitch with floor drain trenchs

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...there is so much sediment in the trench...
Is there gravel and a pipe below that leading to the sump pit?

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Any recommendations on...
Dig deeper into what you have vs what should be.

Perhaps this will mean re-digging the trench to lay in pipe and gravel.
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Here's a great solution to your problem. Keep in mind you can also make your own little system to fit your needs, just use your imagination.

http://www.ronhazelton.com/projects/...oof_a_basement


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I would clean out 3-4'' down in the trench.
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The trench is concrete so once I clean out the sediment it's pain staking chisel work or hiring someone with a jack hammer.

So there is no pipe in the drain.



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So there is no pipe in the drain.
Ar you sure? Open the sump pump cover and look inside to confirm.

If you really have no pipe in the ground...
then you'll have no choice but to beak up the floor and start over.

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The trench is concret(ed over)
once I clean out the sediment (from the gap at the top)...
it's... hiring someone with a jack hammer.
Likely so. It's a fairly common job and even DIYable.
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Good call I will check inside the sump.... even so why would there be a ridge/trench around the basement

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why would there be a ridge/trench around the basement
The trench is where the gravel covered perforated 4" pipe goes.
The gap at the top of that concreted over trench is because water can still get in (like through those holes in the block)... so you need to give it a place to go to aside from on your floor.

Related to all this is the exterior work to minimize water coming in... things like grading, foundation plant placement, rain gutters, downspouts etc. all of which should be done right before the step of renting the jackhammer and hiring the local high school football team linemen to do the grunt work for you (hint) on some future Saturday
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Our outside issues are a whole other problem I am working with the county to see if they can assist because something isn't right.... looked in the sump no drain it so the builder was just relying on the trench to drain the water....

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There was a tray sitting the basement with a black hose running through the trench from the tray to the sump but it was always dry and served no put purpose. Ever heard of something like that?

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