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Old 08-07-2011, 03:27 PM   #1
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Water Entering Basement From Under Bulkhead Door


Hello everyone, we purchased a new construction home 10 months ago and from day 1 we have been getting water in our basement which enters from the bulkhead door. Builder sent someone by a few months ago to reseal, but that has not fixed the issue. I'm not sure the extent of the issue and if/when I should threaten legal action against the builder. Here are some pics:

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Really need to see what it looks like on the other side.

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Old 08-07-2011, 06:15 PM   #3
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Here are some more pics to get perspective on the issue. Appreciate any responses.
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No drainage and the fact that the door is allowing water to just come on in is the problem. There should be a weeping drain in the floor of the entry, or at least a trough, so that water can not be allowed to enter the basement. Get the contractor to fix. It does not cost anything to have your warranty contract reviewed with a lawyer, but it will cost you to bring in an engineer to give you suggestions. Do not let them just band-aid the problem, have them fix it right the first time.
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As greg mentioned, there should be a drain leading into your weeping system/sump pit.

We had this problem with our home (100 years old though); had to have a trough drain run across the doorway going into interior drain tile / sump pit.

It will be worse in the spring.
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