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Old 07-13-08, 06:21 AM
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wet wall/insulation in basement, with a twist (I think)

Hello,

I am brand new to the site and to home repair.

I'm having some water issues in my basement. I'm seeing a wet wall in my basement. What makes my problem unusual (I think) is that the water seems to be coming in OVER the foundation, as the cavity insulation directly atop the brick-wall foundation is frequently yet. Solutions addressing issues outside the house (regrading, french drain, etc) are problematic as the front stoop and front door is on the other side of this issue on the outside of the house.

Shortly after this problem started I was doing some landscaping and dug up a perforated sheet covered in gravel near the stoop. Since I'd already experienced the wet basement insulation issue, I assumed this wasn't solving the problem (this gravel and sheet was under the exterior hose/spigot) and I removed it.

What did I remove? Should I replace it? Any other ideas for solving this problem? How does a noob like me address an issue underneath a big slab of poured concrete (my stoop)?

Thank you very much for your opinions and advice.
 
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Old 07-13-08, 09:09 AM
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You removed the french drain along the perimeter of the home. Water that soaks into the ground goes into this pipe and out to the storm drain, usually near the street, or empties somewhere out in the yard. This drain prevents water from getting through your foundation.

I would call a contractor to come look at this, seeing this is typically not a DIY type of job.
 
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You removed the french drain along the perimeter of the home. Water that soaks into the ground goes into this pipe and out to the storm drain, usually near the street, or empties somewhere out in the yard. This drain prevents water from getting through your foundation.

I would call a contractor to come look at this, seeing this is typically not a DIY type of job.
Thanks for your response. Let me give you some additional information, and perhaps you could tell me if you still believe this is the case.

The sheet covered in gravel I dug up was really small - only about 2'x3'. It was just sort of spread out under the outdoor spigot next to the front stoop, and didn't have a pipe in it or a discernible outlet (it didn't drain to the street or anywhere else). It also not trench-like. It didn't look like the French drain descriptions I've seen on Wikipedia and elswhere. And I removed it after I started having the issue.

I've called a two basement/foundation businesses, and will hopefully see them next week. Do you think a basement repairer is the right call, or a general contractor?

Thanks for your insight.
 
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wet wall/insulation in basement, with a twist (I think)

Calling a contractor, especially a waterproofing contractor can be a bad choice since they want to sell a job and really work for themselves and not for you.

You might be better off hiring an engineer, especially if you are fortunate enough to live where ther are moisture intrusion specialists. They work for you and are not selling a job to you.

Have you condidered that the water is coming from leakage above the foundation (bad window installation or flashing problems problems) since you are only seeing where the leak is showing up and not where the real leak is. Water will flow down first until something directs it eslewhere (sometimes inside or outside).

Dick
 
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