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Water in Basement

Posted by John Boy on April 4th, 2004 11:33 PM
In reply to Water in Basement by Jan on April 4th, 2004 10:24 PM [Go to top of thread]

You may have to knock a hole in the basement floor and install a sump pump. Add pipe extensions on the end of the rain water leaders (down spouts) to direct water away from the foundation.

You might want to call your insurance company (depending upon your policy) about water damage to the carpet, wet insulation behind the walls, ruined gyroc, etc.

You know we had a similair problem at our home, we had a big rain and our down spouts were not in place and water came into the basement. The problem became worse even after it quite raining. Here we had another problem, the 3/4" copper type K waterline from the main in the street to the crub shut-off valve washed out and had a 1/2" hole in it. The water followed the trench and came thru the concrete floor, even with two sump pumps going. In some cases you can actually hear the noise of water running underneath the concrete floor.

Another sign, if you remove the plug on top of the curb shut-off (near your property line) water from a leaking line will surface there.

The water is not backing up out of a floor drain,is it?
Remove the cleanout cap were the domestic sewer leaves the building or a cleanout near a stack and shine a flashlight into it. Have someone flush a toilet. Does the water drain away? If it doesn't you've a blocked sewer drain.

I don't know, that's all I can think of. Life sometimes is a thorn, but things do get better.

Besides this problem, hope you had a good Palm Sunday.

John Boy

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