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Old 03-25-2020, 12:47 PM   #46
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Guess everything is relative at that...there are thousands (if not tens of thousands) of homeowners that wish their sump pump only ran every fifteen minutes!! Mine will cycle every minute under worst conditions. Guess that's why I have a primary pump, a secondary pump, and two backup generators. Full alarm system also (for high water level in sump and also for water on floor in basket vicinity) Count your blessings!
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Old 03-25-2020, 01:07 PM   #47
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The only way to fix this is install a proper foundation drain (outside your foundation) to divert water around your house. Anything else and you will be fighting water intrusion and flooding until you install a proper foundation drain. I'm surprised you were able to construct new construction without a foundation drain, it's typically required by UBC and all new construction. If they did install a foundation drain, they did something wrong, perhaps not connecting to your existing foundation drain. Not only do you risk water intrusion, but you risk foundation settlement due to water undermining the soil under your foundation.
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I agree completely with joecaption, and think it may be even higher - 95%+ of the problems are outside. I have a home in the Boston area and another in southern Maine, and had major problems in both with water in my basement. Both have been solved - the one in Boston needed the gutters extended with corrugated piping more than 20' away from the foundation. The one in Maine required grading away from the foundation plus an 18" trench with corrugated piping carrying the water all the way to the edge of the street. It's covered with river stones and looks great, and as I said both homes have been bone dry since getting these fixes implemented. Good luck and hope this helps.
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I agree completely with joecaption, and think it may be even higher - 95%+ of the problems are outside. I have a home in the Boston area and another in southern Maine, and had major problems in both with water in my basement. Both have been solved - the one in Boston needed the gutters extended with corrugated piping more than 20' away from the foundation. The one in Maine required grading away from the foundation plus an 18" trench with corrugated piping carrying the water all the way to the edge of the street. It's covered with river stones and looks great, and as I said both homes have been bone dry since getting these fixes implemented. Good luck and hope this helps.
That is always number one but digging around the outside with driveways and patios is often really costly.
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Old 03-26-2020, 06:51 PM   #52
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God never meant for man to live in caves as He gave us the ability to think for ourselves,,, that being said, yes - basements CAN be dry, useable, enjoyable, & add many sf to a home.
'french drains' are so named due to the method used by french architects to manage rainwater at the versaille courtyard,,, paving stones were laid in such a manner as to direct all rainwater to the left flowing under the hall of mirrors & feeding the reflective gardens,,, today the term is misunderstood by the bewildered but, nevertheless, it is NOT a sub-floor leak management system,,, in landscaper's terms, a fr drain becomes a berm or swale.

surface wtr is usually NOT cause of basement leak - usually its bldg code which STILL only specs for 'dampproofing', NOT waterproofing

h/o wallet's generally prime reason for interior as opposed to exterior work,,, remember 1 time waterproofing a 6,000sf home on TOP of a mt in pa
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'french drains' are so named due to the method used by french architects to manage rainwater at the versaille courtyard,,, paving stones were laid in such a manner as to direct all rainwater to the left flowing under the hall of mirrors & feeding the reflective gardens,,, today the term is misunderstood by the bewildered but, nevertheless, it is NOT a sub-floor leak management system,,, in landscaper's terms, a fr drain becomes a berm or swale.
Never heard anyone call them french drains for reasons other than American Henry French.

"Henry Flagg French was an assistant secretary of the Treasury of the United States under Ulysses S. Grant and he was very fascinated with agriculture.

he published a book titled “Farm Drainage” in 1859, and it is considered the definitive research text on drainage...The conclusion of his book resulted in the invention of the French drain, an excavated trench that is filled with gravel and a perforated pipe that serves to carry away accumulated water."

Here's a scanned version of Henry French's book if anyone wants to read it:
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More fun facts: Henry French is the father of sculptor Daniel Chester French who created the statue of Abraham Lincoln central to the Lincoln Memorial.
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i like my version better & so do our clients,,, however, should we run into any rural farm clients, i'll use your definition w/o either crediting you OR any pause
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missed this comment earlier so let's address it now,,, ' The only way to fix this is install a proper foundation drain (outside your foundation) ' ,,, code spec rqmnts for foundation drains suck,,, put it in according to code & w/i 2mos, it will be worthless,,, HOWEVER, it did meet 'code' when inspected IF it were even inspected prior to backfill

nobody cares, either,,, home warranties ONLY include leaking water for the 1st year, bldrs say 'it met code', & inspectors MUST pass/fail based on code rqmnts ! ! !
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