Water in Basement


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Old 03-17-10, 12:27 PM
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Water in Basement

I have a split-level built in the early 70's that gets some water in the basement/downstairs living room, as well as the crawl space, during heavy rains. There is a water dam and a working sump pump in the crawl space, but it doesn't keep all of the water out. After a very heavy rain I can get up to a half an inch of water on the lowest part of the floor.

The gutters are clean and the drainage extensions are long enough, but the grading around the house might be a culprit as it's currently flat and flush with the rest of the yard.

I'm looking to sell this house in a month or two as a flip, so I don't want to spend money where I don't have. Is it possible that the grading alone could cure this?
 
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Old 03-17-10, 12:54 PM
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Changing the grading certainly can't hurt. Just don't run the dirt into contact with any wooden siding.

When I've changed the grading around my foundation, I've tried to add sloped dirt out five or six feet and then sloped a small channel to a low spot away from the house.
 
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Old 03-17-10, 05:49 PM
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Thanks for the input, BigRedSoxFan. What did you use to grade? Dirt? Clay?
 
 

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