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mok78 04-30-2014 04:13 PM

Water following sewer pipe into basement
I had my sewer line from the house to the street replaced and since then I have been getting a large amount of rain and ground water in my basement and it seems to be following the sewer line. The water is coming in my basement up from the floor in the area where the sewer line enters the house, and it also is coming up further inside the house in cracks in the floor above the sewer line.

This is much more than normal trickles of water, this can be up to like a gallon a minute type of water, that runs across the floor to a floor drain.

I am going to have a sump pump and drain tile system installed, but I don't like the idea of a channel along the sewer pipe that brings water to the foundation from 20-30 feet away in my yard.

Any ideas how to stop this????

nealtw 04-30-2014 05:00 PM

Welcome to the site.
Sounds more like the perimeter drain around the outside was damaged and not repaired. Call that guy back.

mok78 04-30-2014 07:26 PM

Would indoor drain tile be a good enough solution?

nealtw 04-30-2014 08:17 PM

It can work but keeping it out from under the house is always better. How deep is house foundation under ground?

mok78 05-01-2014 12:39 PM

Thanks for the comments. VERY much appreciated. So the idea of sump pump and interior drain tile could be a workable long term solution?

Let clarify the work sewer that was done. From the house to the street is about 45 feet. I had an existing clay pipe. They dug about 10 foot long trench in my yard near the street and another trench near my house. They then inserted a smaller diameter PVC pipe inside the clay pipe. The clay pipe was broken off completely about 5-10 feet from the foundation. They actually pulled this last 10 feet clay pipe from inside the house using a wench and all types of tugging and shifting and trauma to break it loose.

To complicate a little more, there is a front porch over the line of the pipe.

Anyways, ever since, long hard rains and water comes in up the floor along the run of the pipe. And this spring it was a disaster.

Thanks for any additional thoughts on this!

JoeD 05-01-2014 04:32 PM

It is possible your weeping tiles were tied into the sewer line. From your description if that was true it is no longer true. They pulled the new pipe past the connection point of the weepers without a connection.

mok78 05-01-2014 05:09 PM

JoeD, I don't follow you on the weeping tiles?

JoeD 05-01-2014 08:25 PM

Weeping tiles, the drain around the exterior of your foundation. If they dug 10 feet away from your house and yours had a connection like this to the sewer line, then it sounds like they did not connect them to the new drain when they dragged the new pipe in.

slownsteady 05-01-2014 09:32 PM

Mok78: sure, you can find a way to evacuate the water from the basement. But these guys created a problem that wasn't there in the first place. You should call them to task on it and have them repair the problem. I bet the space between the old clay pipe and the new PVC is now a channel that fills with ground water and that is transported right into your basement. At the very least, those guys should seal the gap at both ends, and you should not let them off the hook.

nealtw 05-01-2014 10:56 PM

I would complain to them first and see what they say, but with the front porch over the area the interior drain and sump would likely be the best solution and maybe you could talk them into paying for part of that.

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