Basement door leaking water


Old 01-24-12, 05:47 PM
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Basement door leaking water

Our basement has a full size door that opens to the back of the house. It opens to a slope that was dug out and that gradually makes its way up to the original level of the ground. So all the snow and water makes its way down and pools right outside this door. The bottom of the door frame is made of wood and I think that's where it's leaking.

The prior owner looks as though they had some sort of plastic something or other right up to the frame with dirt on top. That plastic is now in shreds and I'm wondering what's the best way to temporarily keep water out this winter/spring. I thought of putting plastic down and throwing dirt on top myself, but wouldn't the water just pool up higher and go under the door itself?

Anyway, would appreciate some help/insight. I plan to call a basement waterproofing guy to come during the summer to take a look and hopefully fix it without replacing the whole door and frame.

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Old 01-25-12, 03:08 AM
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Welcome to the forums!! As with all water problems removing the water is the only solution. I know it is winter and you will have snow and rain until spring, but any low area such as you describe must have proper drainage. Basically you have a "well" and without drainage it will fill up with water. Doors aren't meant to keep rising water out, so unless you seal the frame totally with plastic or other material, water will continue to enter.

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