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07-14-2006, 02:34 PM
I have lived in my house since it was built 6 years ago. ONLY TWICE over these years after big rains a small puddle has appeared in one area of the basement - a 3 ft by 3 ft area, two feet from the basement wall. Would I need an entire system installed or is it possible to install a partial system? No other areas get wet at all although the sump pump does run often.

Im sure if I have a company come out they will recommmend "the works" because it will be more profitable to them.
You seem honest with your answer and I respect your opinion.

Thank you,


08-02-2006, 01:30 PM

Your house being 6 years old, it probably has some sort of exterior drainage system that was installed when it was built. Over these six years, parts of the system have failed for whatever reason, they could have collapsed, filled with silt, etc.

So you are taking water in the part of your basement where the system has failed. However, the remainder of your exterior system stands an increased chance of failure over time, so we always recommend a full-perimeter drainage system. WaterGuard (http://www.basementsystems.com/basement_waterproofing/waterproofing_products/basement_waterproofing_system/waterguard.php) or DryTrak (http://www.basementsystems.com/basement_waterproofing/waterproofing_products/basement_waterproofing_system/drytrak.php) being our solutions of choice.

Contact your local Basement Systems dealer for a free estimate and inspection, and they will educate you on what causes basements to leak and how to fix them. Basement Systems' representatives have a really great presentaton and focus on education.

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08-23-2006, 12:43 AM
I would recommend you go outside next time it rains and see what is going on. Do you have a depression against the foundation in this area that is pooling water? Are your gutters clogged and do you have a waterfall coming down on that side of the house? Do your downspouts daylight a full 8 feet from the foundation? Does the ground slope away from the foundation from outside the basement wall out to about 12 feet?

Any of these can cause a huge water burden that can cause your problem. I would fix these things first before going further.

08-23-2006, 07:52 AM
I agree with chumpchange in that you should definitely make sure that your gutters are clean and that your downspouts extend away from your house far enough that the water runs away. Grading will also help to keep rain water away from your foundation. Both will help keep much water away from the foundation.

However, if your basement is leaking, this leak needs to be addressed... unless it's ok if the basement leaks sometimes. Once a basement leaks, it will continue to leak until the problem is addressed. Yes, if the leak isn't too bad now, keeping a lot of the water away from the foundation will help to keep it dry in light rains... but in heavy rains, all the water raining around the foundation and against the house even in a light wind can settle down by the foundation and leak into the basement.

Your local Basement Systems dealer can help you with the leak, downspout extensions (http://www.basementsystems.com/basement_waterproofing/waterproofing_products/downspout_extensions.php), and grading issues.
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