grrrr - water seeping thru foundation


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Old 12-16-03, 12:00 PM
scouty
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grrrr - water seeping thru foundation

HELP! I have water actually seeping through the foundation cracks in my laundry room. Also leaking around an old window that was boarded up - underground window - outside window well has been filled in with cement. Have a sump pump in the laundry room that runs like crazy when it rains.

Afraid to seal the laundry room and garage - don't want this water redirecting to the basement, behind the paneling. Especially since the laundry room is right next to the basement.

An engineer here at work had this problem and drilled out a small section of the mortar that was leaking - attached a small PVC pipe and attached to a drain. I'm thinking of doing this then sealing the cement block walls in the laundry room & garage.

I cannot afford to have the foundation around the house dug up. Besides, the main area of the problem seems to be under the patio - cement block with wood deck on top. I'm a one income, 40+ year old woman that is pretty handy. I would really appreciate some repair advise from you experts! (Note: have new gutters, downspouts and drainage system).
 
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Old 12-17-03, 08:37 PM
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scouty,

Being handy is great but what is required is money and manpower. You may want to do what the engineer said but unless someone has not been to your home to see what you ahve, this may be pre-mature. Issue is to address all areass on the exterior that may be contributing to the problem.

Look at these,

http://www.extension.umn.edu/distrib...s/7051-04.html

http://www.dspinspections.com/basementwater.htm


http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplo...ing/gh5934.htm

http://www.extension.umn.edu/distrib...s/7051-03.html

It sounds like more outside issues should be addressed first before doing anything else.

Good Luck and hope this helps!
 
 

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