Originally Posted by Marlin
I'll never understand why people insist on building houses where they should not be built.
Easy there Marlin, what you say isn't always so easy. Sometimes we have to deal with what we have to work with. My wife and I built a house on the highest spot in the middle of a field that's relatively flat, not what I'd call hilly, but by no means perfectly flat. The perc test came back good so the surface water issues were ok.
We dug the basement hole and the water immediately started coming in. We didn't think too much of it...but it never stopped and didn't get any deeper than about 4". Obviously we made a pond in the middle of the natural sub surface water water flow. You could go to the edge of the hole an watch the water percolate up from below, almost like it was spring fed. There were no surface visual indicators that would indicate we had sub-surface water when we started.
Immediately we put in 4" of clean 2" stone, drain tile in the middle of the basement floor to relieve any hydraulic pressure in the center of the slab, a 4" pvc tile tied into the form-a-drain that went 350' to daylight. That tile has NEVER stopped running in almost 2 years. Would a sump pump handle the water sure...but I didn't want a lifetime of worry every time the electricity blinked. Daylight and gravity can be your friends.