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Old 02-09-2008, 07:20 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm new to this chatroom. I have been a homeowner for 10 years and I'm tired of vacuuming the water from my basement after heavy rain storms. My house is 100 years old and the field stone foundation is built on ledge. I have drylocked the walls as has previous owners. My problem is that water is coming in where the foundation wall and floor meet. I have tried hydraulic cement and that has slowed down the amount of water that enters. My basement floor is not level. Should I install French drains? I am pretty handy. Is this something I can do myself?


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Old 02-09-2008, 07:54 PM   #2
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Search old threads, this dead horse has been beaten many times.

Real quick, determine if the water is coming from the outside or underslab hydrostatic pressure

Outside, dig it up and fix it right including new weeping tile

Underslab, usually break the perimeter concrete install weeping tile to a sumppit and pump out from there


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Old 02-09-2008, 08:21 PM   #3
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Also, make sure all drainage (like Gutters and downspouts) are directed away from the foundation. Look into installing a "french drain" system on the interior side of the basement if exterior work does not fix things.

Installing a french drain system is something that an educated (on french drains)..and very handy DIYer may be able to do, and save themselves some money...
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