Patchy wet wall, crack, non-draining drains?

buckmarkoJune 11, 2011

I have a cinderblock basement that gets wet in random different spots during heavy rains. I also have a horizontal crack along part of one wall, not the entire length of the wall. We had our gutters replaced in early spring. I had an excavator scheduled to come and do some minor grading next week. When he came with his laser to check the grade, He actually didn't recommend doing any bobcat grading at all. He recommended adding a little dirt to build up the foundation. He looked at my basement wall on the inside, and he said that the moisture coming in isn't from heavy rains per se, but more of an issue with water in the ground around the house. I've heard we have a high water table. There are 3 drains going into my sump pump. We had a heavy thunderstorm tonight, so when I checked the drains, only one of the drains had water coming out of it. Would it be possible the drains around the exterior of my house are clogged? Who would I call to have them checked/cleaned out? My house was built in 1976 and I'm in central Ohio. What do I do to keep the walls dry and keep the crack from getting larger?

I know this was lengthy, but felt I needed all the details. Thanks for any help.

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The walls are getting wet do to cracks or opening on the walls. The horizontal crack is caused by clay expansion. The footing tiles are not functioning properly if only one is draining to the sump.

The only solution to all problems in your situation is to perform actual waterproofing around the perimeter of your home. This entails excavating to the bottom of the foundation, repairing cracks and openings in the walls, waterproofing the walls, installing new footing tile and downspout lines, and back filling with gravel.

Do not even consider an interior water control system, or sump pump system, as this will not solve any of the issues you describe.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 7:56AM
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Also, grading, extending downspouts etc. may help a little, but when the ground is saturated it is unimportant. The issue is how is the water getting into the walls.

Water is a symptom, not the problem. A good analogy is a hole in a boat. Fix the hole, the water disappears.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 8:09AM
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