water seepage


Old 11-01-00, 05:14 AM
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There is a section in my foundation where water is seeping through the lower three courses of blocks after a heavy rain (ie. 1"). This is in an outside corner when viewed from the basement interior. The basement
floor is only about 4 feet below grade. It looks like the ground is draining
towards the house at this spot on the exterior but I don't think that this
is the entire problem. I have dug down to the footings and found that the drainage tile was not properly coupled and I have fixed that. I have also rehung the eavestrough. There is only about 1 inch of stone on top of the drainage tile and then about 4 feet of clay to the surface. Could it be that I need to recoat the foundation? Should I back-fill in part with more stone or gravel with clay only on the upper layer? What is the best way to proceed?
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Old 11-01-00, 08:03 PM
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Since you have already dug down and found the drain, and fixed it, the worst part of this job is over. Yes, I would recoat the outside of the basement walls, and yes, I would add more gravel over the drain pipe. I would also make sure that the yard was sloped away from the house when I got finished.
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