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Old 03-29-2009, 08:50 PM  
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Foundation Problems

So I have water coming into my basement not from cracks in the walls, but up out of the floor itself. I have a sump pump and walls/drain ditch, so that isn't the problem. And of course, it's finished down there. It more than likely is one of three things -

1) Water just seeping up through my old ass floor

2) My drain pipe has busted and is leaking god knows what all under my house

3) My half bath downstairs is leaking something from somewhere, but it's not wet in there


I have a feeling this is going to get ridiculously messy and expensive. Any suggestions on how I go about solving this, as in who do I call first? Phobes came to mind, but I didn't think he was into foundation work......
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Old 03-29-2009, 08:57 PM   #2
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Is your water meter spinning like Clark Griswold's electric meter on Christmas Eve?
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Old 03-29-2009, 08:57 PM   #3
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Dry Basement installed my sump pump system. I'll probably start there with a call in the morning. Man this is going to suck.
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Old 03-29-2009, 08:58 PM   #4
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Is your water meter spinning like Clark Griswold's electric meter on Christmas Eve?
Dunno. Got one of those new fangled digital jobs that requires the portable reader hooked up to the house.
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:22 PM   #5
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Water doesn't flow up unless it has saturated everything and exhausted all paths of lesser resistance. You've got problems and you're right. It's not generally my thing.

Is it clean water or stinky? Check with the water dept to find out your usage first. If that's normal check with a plumber who owns a scope to check your main stack out.

Those steps are comparably cheap before calling out the foundation guys. I'm guessing your tile system is compromised.
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:50 PM   #6
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Water doesn't flow up unless it has saturated everything and exhausted all paths of lesser resistance. You've got problems and you're right. It's not generally my thing.

Is it clean water or stinky? Check with the water dept to find out your usage first. If that's normal check with a plumber who owns a scope to check your main stack out.

Those steps are comparably cheap before calling out the foundation guys. I'm guessing your tile system is compromised.
I'll start with those calls first. Gracias.

Inform the uneducated - "Tile System"?
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:52 PM   #7
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I'll start with those calls first. Gracias.

Inform the uneducated - "Tile System"?
I'm no expert, but I think that translates to "you're screwed".
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:55 PM   #8
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I'm no expert, but I think that translates to "you're screwed".
Well, let's hope my kid can give a good Valedictorian speech.


And really, this house is a perfect opportunity for Phobia and his crew to test their hands at demolition, if they wanted to try it out.
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Old 03-29-2009, 10:01 PM   #9
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Just "accidentally" leave a space heater too close to the curtains, that'll fix it for sure.
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Old 03-29-2009, 10:06 PM   #10
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Just "accidentally" leave a space heater too close to the curtains, that'll fix it for sure.
Looks like I'm going to have to hack my wife's account and put this thread on ignore.
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Old 03-29-2009, 10:09 PM   #11
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If you have a nearby river, lake, or canal that is running high you could be getting hydrostatic pressure from below. But this is probably something that you would've noticed before.
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Old 03-29-2009, 10:24 PM   #12
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If you have a nearby river, lake, or canal that is running high you could be getting hydrostatic pressure from below. But this is probably something that you would've noticed before.
Yeah, nothing like that. The worst I have is that my neighbors behind me live elevated relative to my position, and I get all their runoff. I put in the sump pump system and a huge concrete patio in the backyard (when I moved in, there was a patio made of bricks), along with a plastic drainage pipe that I laid down that runs around to the front yard. Since the sump pump, I've had zero problems with water in the basement until now.
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Old 03-30-2009, 06:07 AM   #13
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How much water are we talking about?

Another possible situation, is that the ground water from rain/snow has oversaturated the soil below the floor slab. The pressure has thus been relieved itself by going through the concrete if an improper vapor retarder was installed. (Most likely it was because in most residential units they use sub-par vapor retarders or it is installed incorrectly.)
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Old 03-30-2009, 06:11 AM   #14
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I'll start with those calls first. Gracias.

Inform the uneducated - "Tile System"?
Simply corrugated pipe which runs around the perimeter of your foundation and dumps water into your sump basin.
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Old 03-30-2009, 06:37 AM   #15
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