Water seepage in split foyer home


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Old 05-06-17, 12:13 PM
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Water seepage in split foyer home

We have a split foyer house with a finished lower level family room that is carpeted. In one corner of this room there is a fireplace about 18 inches out from the corner. We had water issues a few years ago and had a lot of work done outside on that side of the house. WE had a French drain installed, rerouted downspouts, etc. The neighbor's yard slopes to ours, so there's nothing really we can do about that.

Water still finds its way in, and it seems to start where the fireplace meets the wall. We can't seem to find a source for the water (visible crack, etc). Once it comes in there, it spreads around the hearth and starts to run along the wall. Would a sump pump with trenches along the wall be the solution for us? If so, how do the trenches work since we don't want it visible with a carpeted family room?

I can post pics if that would help.
 
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Could it be that it's coming down the flue of your chimney ?
 
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Posting pictures would certainly help. When you had all the work done, was there a water proof membrane installed along the foundation wall? I know you installed the French drain, but water can still seek lower levels for entry or higher for that matter. Is the fireplace integral to the wall or is it a separate entity. Was it made as an original part of the house? Does the chimney go all the way through to the roofline or is it gas or pellet with an earlier exit point?
 
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If it were the flue, would it be coming down inside the fireplace? I have pics - trying to figure out how to post them from my phone.
 
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Does water including gutter/downspout water run away from the foundation? If not then regrade the land so the water does run away.
 
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The neighbor's yard slopes to ours, so there's nothing really we can do about that.
Not sure what to say based on this comment. Maybe the pictures will tell more.
 
 

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