Sidewalk settles, water in basement


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Old 07-23-10, 01:22 PM
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Sidewalk settles, water in basement

There is a sidewalk along the side of my house. It has settled in an area maybe 40 feet long so that it no longer pitches away from the house but rather towards it. I get a small amount of seepage. The basement is finished, but in my utility room which is partially finished, i see water trickle to a floor drain from the basement wall during heavy rains. There is sometimes dampness in a closet down there, but nothing major ever.

I know the obvious and proper way to fix this is to rip out the sidewalk and repour. This would be quite expensive as there is also a fence attached to the concrete sidewalk and the working space is tight.

I am wondering if there is anything less drastic than replacing a 40 long sidewalk to ease the problem. i think pouring on top of the existing concrete (to make it slope the right way) would probably just break off (I am in a climate that freezes). I am wondering if using caulk or something like that on the small gap between the foundation and the sidewalk would help any.
 
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Old 07-23-10, 01:40 PM
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I would look in to having the sidewalk mudjacked
 
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Old 07-23-10, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by michaeljc70
I am wondering if using caulk or something like that on the small gap between the foundation and the sidewalk would help any.
Why don't try this first?
 
 

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