weep pipes / too much water to sump?

Old 07-25-04, 08:03 PM
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Question weep pipes / too much water to sump?

I have a wet basement and the sump pump runs all year. In the summer and fall, it runs once every hour or so. In the spring, it is every 5-10 minutes. The basement was also finished by the previous owners.

Recently, we had water seepage into the walls and we have ripped them out to expose the block walls and had a contractor bid on waterprofing. He suggested drilling holes in the bottom of the block walls and installing weep pipes. He claimed that the drain tile system and sump pump are fine to keep the basement dry. I'm concerned that the weep pipes will lead to too much water coming in for my sump pump to keep up.

Has anyone had this done? Does anyone know if the weep pipes lead to a lot of extra water flow to the sump?
Old 07-26-04, 07:25 AM
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My first concern would be to minimize the water you have coming in now. Possibly grading, gutter and downspout issues could be resolved to get the water away from the house. Secondly, you may want to put in another sump with this system. I'd be suprised if they didn't pitch it, anyway.

I went through a similar scenario, and I was going to drill holes in my poured foundation to allow water through and become captured and directed towards the sump (instead of the floor). My issue with this is I'm inviting water in, what if I can't get rid of it? Sump pump or power failure and now I'm two steps back.

I'm now installing the water channeling system without the weep holes. Not for my concerns, but because I didn't have time to drill 20 holes in 1' thick concrete.

Just my 2 cents.


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