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Old 03-10-2011, 11:02 AM   #16
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Water seeping though bottom of basement stairs


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All of the rain falling on the bulkhead door itself may be going down where the top of
the basement stairs is, at ground level. The water pools at the bottom of the stairs
(underneath; outside) and doesn't perc into the ground fast enough so it seeps up
to where you see it at the bottom of the stairs inside.

You may need to pack in more dirt at the top of the stairs just outside as if to "seal
the concrete to the lawn" and make sure that (test with a garden hose) water poured
on the bulkhead door flows away from the house. Nowhere should water accumulate
within 3 feet of the foundation.



If I were going to put in a sump pump I would do it first and do/redo a perimeter drain
as a separate project later.
Sorry to retread an old thread, but I think it is better than starting a new one.

I have a similar problem; but I already have a sump pump. The bottom two stairs of our walk out are soaking wet and pooling with water; which flows into the basement; with the heavy rain/snow lately; it is making its way towards the washer/dryer, as there is another drain there. The sump pump is just inside the walk out.

The top of the walk out is dry, the walls are dry, the roof is dry. When we bought the house the inspectors and contractors we brought in said we just needed a new bilco; but is is apparent the water isn't leaking in from there. Your explanation seems the most plausible?

There is cement flaking away from the second to bottom stair; I'm afraid to chip/clear it because it may be holding back water?

I can get pics tonight; but I'm panicking a bit. New washer/dryer came Monday...

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Put the washer and dryer up on 2x4's. Solutions are better then panic.
Post the pictures for guidance.
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Put the washer and dryer up on 2x4's. Solutions are better then panic.
Post the pictures for guidance.
Ron
Here are pictures....

http://georgefrick.blogspot.com/2011...t-edition.html

Any help/advice is greatly appreciated.
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Here are pictures....

http://georgefrick.blogspot.com/2011...t-edition.html

Any help/advice is greatly appreciated.
You have a window well on the side of the door with snow in it. The snow melts and drains next to the stairs.
The stair picture shows the water coming in on the well side. Maybe the other side.
My solution would be to put a plastic cover over the well area.
I would also make sure the other side of the basement doors were sealed from water and pitched so water runs away from the house.
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