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Old 12-11-2008, 09:46 PM
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Default Basement is killing me!!!

My basement want stop flooding.. Yesterday morning got up sucked water with a shopvac for about 5 hrs.. Today I got up even worse.. I went to town and recruiting a buddy to help me.. We used shop vacs (plural) for 7 hrs.. I dug trench in the rain... Very cool.. We finally get the floor dry. I still got water coming in as we speak.. Guess ill stay up all night and babysit it.. I cant wait till it quits raining and I can fix all this drainage stuff. Both days I was wanting to get some Christmas post on here for yall early birds but ive been clearing water instead.. I am trying to spread the times around a little bit.

Any of yall have basements and had water issues? I believe mine is coming in where the concrete meets the block. In that little seam. My pipes taking water away from the house have been there for ages so that will be my first step in getting rid of it. There probably clogged with mud and who knows what else..

Anyways that where ive been. Probably want get to hunt in the morning either. This was my week to hunt. But the weather has not cooperated. We got 5 inches of rain in 1 day. Then followed up with rain today.. I hope it snows.. Then I will have a break until the snow melts.. Woo hoo.
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Old 12-11-2008, 10:06 PM
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sorry to hear that. the project i'm on now had the same problem. new perimeter drain. kinda messes up the yard. water something special at times.
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Old 12-12-2008, 01:11 AM
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put in a sump pump.
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Old 12-12-2008, 05:24 AM
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On 4 occasions Lake Erie and I met in my family room. Water /mud clean up taxes the patience. Buckfever, sounds like you got another project on your hands. Around here some people have dug collection trenches around their homes stoned them in and installed pumps. New perimeter drain tile with proper graduation sized stone fill and correct slope drainage should do the trick for the outside. Then that block coating system advertised on TV and and as joel said sump pump with 12v back up starter. Good luck! Sorry my back/neck are killing me.
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Old 12-12-2008, 05:59 AM
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There are sealers you can get I think one is called water plug??? unfortunately I believe it has to be dry to apply it
We had a water issue in own of our town buildings & we found the low spot in the floor cut the concrete out to fit a 5 gal. pail sunk the the pail till it was flush with the floor & put in a sump pump with a float & pumped it into a drain was a great fix but I don't know if you want to cut into your floor but you won't have to baby sit it either

Drawback is you get used to not checking on it so if the pump fails your in the same boat (no pun intended)
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Old 12-12-2008, 07:04 AM
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Joel and gfdeputy2 have hit this one right on the nose. That's the only advice I could give as well. Alot of people have the same setup around here and it works great. Just be sure to have a good filter/strainer on the pump so that you don't get any material inside it that would burn it out.
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Old 12-12-2008, 08:32 AM
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It has been that kind of week for me to. I took off wed-Fri to get in som MZ hunting and never did get to go. Had two big trees come down in the storm, the flash flood took out part of the driveway and it poured down rain the whole time.

The saving part of the week is I get to watch my daughter graduate college tommorrow.

Depending on the depth of your basement I don't know if you will have an easy fix. Sump pump will work but it's not my first choice. The be-dry systems work great but can be expensive.

I have seen everything from sumps to excavation to the footer to put in drains below the slab grade. It's all in what you want to spend.
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