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Old 01-12-2015, 06:39 PM   #1
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Drain Pipes in Basement


My basement got gutted out and turned into a rental 1 bedroom unit. There were these drain pipes that we overlooked, shown in the first photo with the arrows pointing to them. My contractor covered up this short concrete wall where the drain pipes came out from with sheetrock (see second photo) and during a recent storm we had in the bay area water came through these openings and seeped through the wall and ruined the laminate floor. I'm not sure what to do with these drain pipe openings now. Can someone give me some suggestions? Should I seal the openings, connect these drain pipes to a long perpendicular pipe that can dump the water to the outside of the house or find out where these drain pipes originate and work from that end instead? If the latter how can I find out where these pipe originate?
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Tuan
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I reallly don't know what you got going on there. I'm sure someone here will give you some advice.

Was this house added onto? Looks like new concrete and new joists in spots. The drains look like some sort of weeping system that was used a one time. Idk. Strange that it drains right into your basement like that.
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Looks like some form of storm drain that passes through a retainer wall holding against the hill the house is built on. Depending on the amount of water you may need to redirect it to a sump with a french drain. Which means that drywall is coming down.
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that wall and basement itself should have been water proofed before it was finished.. sorry to be blunt...anytime you see pipes at the base of a wall it almost always means it drains water so the wall does not push.....makes me question the contractor.. if he did not tell you that when bidding you job...
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I would also contact a lawyer and sue the contractor.
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