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Author Topic: Block Basement Leaking with no visible crack  (Read 5117 times)
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« on: March 03, 2008, 08:27:44 PM »

My home is over 40 years old.  I just purchased it in the summer of 07 and this is my first winter/spring in the home.  I found water in the basement during a recent thaw.  I have pulled the paneling off to expose the block and there does not appear to be a crack in the wall.  At the front of the house where the wall meets the floor is wet.  Any suggestions on a possible cause?
Rod Johnson
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2008, 10:17:13 PM »

If you can't find a flaw in the wall, it is usually due to a drainage system failure. (Weeping tile or sump pump) You will next need to confirm those system are working or have a problem then select an appropriate solution. AN interior drainage solution that is not installed on top of the footing (several companies promote  these "flawed" systems) may be the best option, but exterior solutions that involve restoring the drainage can be successful as well.
Doug Jones
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2008, 05:32:38 PM »

We have a ranch house built in the 1950S before sump pumps were popular in our area.  When it rains more that two inches at a time we get water coming in on all four corners where the floor meets the wall.  We have our house sloped away from the outside walls and the gutters carry the water away from the foundation.  We still get lots of water coming in at the floor level.  No cracks in the walls.  What can we do?
Rod Johnson
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2008, 10:26:50 AM »

Again, this is a Drainage System Failure so the options would be replacing the exterior weeping tiles or opt for the Interior Drainage Control System. Both need a sump system. I do not recommend any collection systems that sit on top of the footing only though. Many companies are heavily promoting them with nice flyers and slick sales pitches but physics backs up the theory that picking up the water at the lowest possible level (next to the footing) is the best choice for the interior systems.
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