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Old 09-04-2010, 04:57 PM   #1
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leak on bottom of basement foundation wall


Looking for verification that I have found the problem.
Have a small leak in one corner of my basement right at the bottom.
1. Made changes to grade to allow water to run away from house.
2. Made changes to downspout to direct water away from problem corner.
Still have dampness in corner.
Today, I excavated the corner. Found one clay tile with a hole in it and very fine roots entering it. Pulled a section out and pulled 10' of fine roots out of the tile. It would have been enough to allow water to stay in this area.
Do you think I've now found the silver bullet?
Thanks for any advise you can give me

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Old 09-04-2010, 06:37 PM   #2
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If you ran a garden hose into the tile at that location and turned it on high for ten whole minutes, would all the water drain away without overflowing onto the basement floor?

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Old 09-04-2010, 07:43 PM   #3
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Yes it drains away okay. There was no water backed up against the roots when I pulled them out, but the summer has been very dry. The soil is extreemly sandy, if that makes any difference. I completly cleaned off the walls and checked for any cracks. The wall was originally parged and looked good. I just tarred the wall down to the footing as a precaution.
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I think you are safe now. If you still feel nervous, don't cover up the hole yet and wait for a good rain and see whether water accumulates let alone rises to floor level.
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