Flooding basement: a viable option?


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Old 12-01-16, 12:27 PM
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Flooding basement: a viable option?

Issue:heavy rainwater flooding coming through the bulkhead floor area.(cracks in floor - one main crack)
What's been done: a sump pump was placed in a hole about 10 feet or so away from the major leakage, and usually can keep up, although water ends up pooling in the room, because it's not explicitly channeled/diverted into the hole: it just flows across the floor.
Here's a couple videos I took today of the main crack/leak:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX5pcQLD2Gk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hkFK8ncPhY A very rough drawing:
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Leak occurs in a back room, partitioned from the main basement.
The small patch of blue on the right is the threshold at the bulkhead, and the main crack is on the top of that raised threshold.
The larger blue patch is where the water pools until it makes it's way into the sump hole.


The question I have is: since plugging the leak(s) with say, hydraulic cement will only cause the water to flow somewhere else, would it make sense to carve some sort of channel from the entry-point of the water, to the sump hole?

I should add that I understand the 'proper' remedy is irrigation work: I cannot afford that, at this time...

Thanks fellas,
Rich in Maine
 

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Old 12-01-16, 02:33 PM
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As stated the best place to start would be outside, landscaping. Being in Maine I'm sure you have seen some of our older housing stock where the land slopes away and then drops 3 or 4 feet creating a large berm around the house. Those old timers knew how to keep the water away. a good slope away from the house is a must.

As for drain channels they are easy to create. Modern diamond blades have no trouble cutting concrete. Pick up a diamond blade if you have a circular saw or talk to your local rental dealer. Face mask and a shop vac to catch some of the dust.

Bud

I wanted to add, if you can modify your existing pit or install a new one that goes several fee down so you can catch the water before it reaches floor level that might help. Having several sump pits is good also.
 

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Old 12-01-16, 03:14 PM
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ok yeah I think I know what yer talking about: those large old houses that look like a raised fort?
They're usually huge...and old

Thanks for the tips: makes good sense to me
R
 
 

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