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Old 12-28-2012, 05:48 PM   #46
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:50 PM   #47
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this gives better angle of where water was coming in: you can see the water line stain on the concrete block:
(yes it was coming up that high!!)
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:52 PM   #48
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this is our solution for now. the plastic is 10 by 20 feet. the plywood is where window well is
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:53 PM   #49
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:10 PM   #50
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so let me go over this with you:
the source of the water is coming in from the saturation of the soil. as the water seeps down via gravity it eventually comes in through the side of teh window well where it leaks. the yard is sloped in such a way from our neighbor that it runs towards the window well. so by putting a tarp down, it will prevent water from going into teh soil, thus stopping saturation. make sense???

in the future we will implement permananet solution. unless you would like to donate couple $$$$ to us then i will be happy to fix this asap, next week if you like. if i really had $, i may have bought a house in bethesda like you. life sucks for some of us
Unless you're dealing with a high water table it's not a matter of soil saturation. Now, as a result of water running in from somewhere else the soil may have BECOME saturated. Putting a cover over saturated soil is likely to prevent the soil in there from drying! You'd be keeping the current problem and quite possibly make it worse.

If you can get an idea where the water is running along then it'd be a relatively cheap solution to just dig a trench along that line and put down gravel and a perforated drain tile hose. This would give the water some place to pool 'upstream' of your house. From there it could percolate down into the soil instead of just running along the clay layer straight toward your house. The hose doesn't even need to be connected to an outflow but it would be a good idea to have a plan for one anyway. An elbow at each end with a pop-up drain would let you see if water managed to fill it. Just think about where a longer stretch of pipe would have to run in order to truly drain the water to somewhere else.

Perforated drain hose is pretty cheap. Just don't buy the gravel by the bag, it's a LOT less expensive to have a stone company deliver it to you in bulk. Then it's just your sweat equity with a shovel, or hire some laborers cheap.

Your tarp idea isn't entirely screwy, except for thinking of laying it horizontally; that's just plain wrong. You'd want to line the trench on the side that faces the house with landscaper's cloth. This helps act as a barrier to encourage the water to drain down to the gravel and pipe.

Once you've got that trench down there you'd back fill it and it'd never look like anything was down there, save for the pop-ups or a drain box.

This isn't a class warfare argument, don't make it one. It's a matter of simple common sense and methodical thinking.

Meanwhile, I give up. Good luck sorting it out.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:28 AM   #51
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so its working! checking the level from yesterday and today, and not even a bit of water is getting through! solution is success!
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Unless you're dealing with a high water table it's not a matter of soil saturation. Now, as a result of water running in from somewhere else the soil may have BECOME saturated. Putting a cover over saturated soil is likely to prevent the soil in there from drying! You'd be keeping the current problem and quite possibly make it worse.

If you can get an idea where the water is running along then it'd be a relatively cheap solution to just dig a trench along that line and put down gravel and a perforated drain tile hose. This would give the water some place to pool 'upstream' of your house. From there it could percolate down into the soil instead of just running along the clay layer straight toward your house. The hose doesn't even need to be connected to an outflow but it would be a good idea to have a plan for one anyway. An elbow at each end with a pop-up drain would let you see if water managed to fill it. Just think about where a longer stretch of pipe would have to run in order to truly drain the water to somewhere else.

Perforated drain hose is pretty cheap. Just don't buy the gravel by the bag, it's a LOT less expensive to have a stone company deliver it to you in bulk. Then it's just your sweat equity with a shovel, or hire some laborers cheap.

Your tarp idea isn't entirely screwy, except for thinking of laying it horizontally; that's just plain wrong. You'd want to line the trench on the side that faces the house with landscaper's cloth. This helps act as a barrier to encourage the water to drain down to the gravel and pipe.

Once you've got that trench down there you'd back fill it and it'd never look like anything was down there, save for the pop-ups or a drain box.

This isn't a class warfare argument, don't make it one. It's a matter of simple common sense and methodical thinking.

Meanwhile, I give up. Good luck sorting it out.
appreciate your input
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:35 PM   #53
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ok so its coming in slightly, but nothing to worry about
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Good!!

You bought yourself some time to figure out a solution to the neighbors
yard draining into your window---It's never easy when you are the lowest guy on the block.
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Good!!

You bought yourself some time to figure out a solution to the neighbors
yard draining into your window---It's never easy when you are the lowest guy on the block.
thats exactly the case. our street slopes downward and we are the last house on the corner in the intersection. so we are the lowest.
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:34 PM   #56
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so now we gotta figure out the best solution given all the factors: soil slope, type of soil, grading, budget etc
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