chimney foundation

Old 02-28-05, 02:35 PM
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chimney foundation

Heavy rain in Fall Winter causes water to enter basement through oil burner chimney base.which is apparentally hollow. Oil burner is vented via stainles steel liner in two story exterior brick chimney. Poured concrete base is 20" by 20", rises 3' above ground. If my Spring landscaping/drainage/gutter corrections stil dont stop the water getting in, would drilling a two inch hole in concrete base to vent the water back out be acceptable structurally? Thank you.
Old 02-28-05, 03:47 PM
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Unless you intend to pump water through the two inch hole, I doubt it will matter much for allowing water to evaporate from the ground. Its movement through the earth to a drier location will probably prevail. I would pursue your first thought and concentrate on keeping the water out in the first place. That will be more effective.

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