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Old 12-12-2011, 06:28 PM   #1
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I have about a 5 foot crawlspace with a concrete floor. I have had problems for several years with water in the crawlspace.

Called a plumber, he sugggested having a new subpump put in deeper and in a different location of the crawlspace. Prior to the death of my husband, my husband and my neighbor had the water from the pump draining into the main drain from the house to the street.

Plumber said this was illegal and he could not hook it back in that way. I told him I wanted a dry crawlspace, he told me to have a drain from the pump to outside the foundation of the house and let the water drain that way. I told him it would only drain beside the foundation and then go back into the crawlspace all over again.

Low and behold it has been doing this since spring. I do not want one of those vapor barriers over the floor, because I would like to use the crawlspace for storage, but with water I can't.

I had suggested having pipe run from the outside drainpipe to the back yard or through the front yard under under the sidewalk to drain in the street or drain in the far back yard. This piping would have to be underground. Plumber said I could not do that because the water would freeze, back up and cause a problem with the pump.

Can anyone offer any solution. I have investigated building up the ground so water would drain away from the house, but I had friends that have done this to no avail. Someone suggested preventing the downspouts from draining near the house.

I would like to find a solution other than try this and try that like the plumber wants me to do. It becomes too expensive. I am a widow and will have to do this by way of paying someone. Any and all suggestions are appreciated. I only want to pay one time, and get it resolved, not many times. Thank you much!

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It sounds like you need a landscape guy--

first is grading the yard around the foundation--
Second will be an under ground pipes to get the water away from the house.

If the pipes are pitched proper;y the water will leave the pipe before it freezes---

and the sump discharge pipe must 'free fall' into the big under ground pipe in such a way that --if the underground pipe does freeze---the water will harmlessly overflow the pipe onto the ground.

Landscape guy---Mike---

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I bought a house this past spring (for a rental) that actually had water under it when i bought it at auction. I think that's why it didn't bring as much as i thought it would. I was pretty sure i knew where the water was coming from. The ground sloped toward the house on the upper end, and all of the downspouts (except for one) drained out right by the house, and had settled the dirt to form actual low spots. The water didn't have a chance to run anywhere else but down the foundation and seep under the house. i opened the crawl space cover, got some fans and got it completely dry during the hot dry weather. I even ran a dehumidifier for a couple of weeks under it. I got a tandem load of topsoil dirt for $160. Then began filling in around the house a wheelbarrow load at a time. Then put some downspout extensions on far enough out to get the water away from the house and actually drain out in the yard. We had over 8 inches of rain in the past two weeks. It finally quit raining friday. I pulled the cover and went under the house------dry, almost dusty.

if you don't get the water away from the house, you will likely always have problems.
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Thank you Oh'Mike, I am concerned with the building up of the ground with soil because I have heard of some resident's doing that in other areas where ground water is high. I was told it did not help. You know there are many people who proclaim to be landscapers. I don't want to through my money away on someone who would not know what they are doing and I certainly would not know what they are doing. I suppose I should call a large landscaping company?
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If you can post a few pictures of your yard and the area around your foundation---some one here will offer you a few suggestions so you don't feel out of place talking to a local tradesman.

You need to get the water away from your foundation---the farther the better---adding soil is usually the cheapest route--but only if there is enough room so the soil is not to close to the siding--

Pictures will help if you can figure out how to post them---Mike----
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I suppose I should call a large landscaping company?
In many cases, yes, a larger company may very well be more diversified, but the things that you want to be concerned with are integrity and your comfort level with the company that you ultimately hire. Do not let anyone pressure you into something that you are not comfortable with. Reputable companies not only can provide you with references, but also understand that you need to make the decision that is best for you. This is a situation in which I would certainly encourage anyone to get at least three estimates. This will help you develop a better understanding of what a fair price should be, but with each person you talk with you will learn more about what is important as far as a good and proper working system for you. As the saying goes, "check your local listings", but also ask at work, church, social clubs, or whatever organizations that you may belong to. While many of us do not hire landscape services on a regular basis, you will probably be surprised to learn how many there are, and I would almost be willing to bet that you know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who has hired similar work done, and can provide you with some insight. Local nurseries may be a good place to start. Regardless, I agree with Mike, and think that he has given you some great advice, but, although it is important, don't rush it beyond a pace that is comfortable for you, and I am sure that you will resolve this very satisfactorily. Good luck!

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