wet basements

Old 07-10-04, 09:19 AM
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wet basements

i have a basement which floods every time a heavy rain comes.
i am going to break the cement which former owner laid to solve this problem and back fill away from the house. next i want to dig a ditch around the perimeter of the basement interior wall and fill with perforated pipe and connect to a french drain with a sump pump. do i need to drill the cement blocks and place a small pipe from the block to the ditch and should i leave the ditch open or cement over top.
this basement is small and is not used for anything but i would like to get the moldy smell out and keep it out.
Old 07-10-04, 12:02 PM
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You do want to start out side first. Gutters and downspouts that get the water away from the home Ground slope away from the home. In side I would put the drain pipe along side the footing around and to the sump pit. This way water from out side should come under the footing. I would recement the floor.

Old 07-11-04, 03:18 AM
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do i need to drll weep holes or just dig the trench and let that collect the water?

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