Re: Wet basement
Posted by Terry Love on December 02, 1998 at 12:50:09:
In response to Re: Wet basement

You may be looking at the clean out of the kitchen drain line. Many kitchen waste lines leave the foundation separate from the main drains and meet together outside. Digging out the outside of the foundation wall and replacing the dirt with large gravel and drain tile may be needed to intercept the ground water. There may be an underground spring or perhaps overflow from the roof drains.

: We have discovered in our recently purchased home that the basement floods with heavy rain. We have had several "wet basement" people come to give us an estimate, they are able to help us with water rising from the ground and coming through the bottom of the foundation, but there is a source of water penetration that they are not sure they can fix. This problem area is water seeping from behind a drain pipe which is embedded in a concrete block. This concrete block extends from the wall and is about 9x5 with a height of 3 feet. We have no idea what purpose this drain may serve and wonder what the best course of action might be. There is a separate pipe attached to the same drain which we believe is wastewater from the kitchen sink. There is no leakage when it is not raining, so we have ruled out a leaky pipe situation. Some say it may be an old cistern covered with concrete. Any ideas about what this thing may be?

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