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Old 04-05-2017, 10:49 AM  
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The drains in the wall by the sidewalk are just about draining the water from behind the wall to protect it from freezing and will have little to do with the house.

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We donít know. Some old guy 75 years ago might have got tired of a wet front yard and saw that wall drain and said I will dig a ditch over to it and tie into that thing and let the roof water run on the street.

All we know is someone plugged a hole and now there is water in the house.


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Removing the rain borrow and connecting the downspout is the change I was going after.
What does he have to connect it to.

Canít run it at the neighbor . Could get a long pipe and run it over the walkway to the stone wall.

He said he hooked it up and it worked until the sidewalk went in is how I see the time line.


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What does he have to connect it to.

Canít run it at the neighbor . Could get a long pipe and run it over the walkway to the stone wall.

He said he hooked it up and it worked until the sidewalk went in is how I see the time line.
First you know what the problem is, before looking for the solution.
If the perimeter drain is working, you would never have water coming up in the center of the floor, crack or not.

Why would the leak move from a crack near the wall to a crack in the center of the floor.
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First you know what the problem is, before looking for the solution.
If the perimeter drain is working, you would never have water coming up in the center of the floor, crack or not.

Why would the leak move from a crack near the wall to a crack in the center of the floor.
100 year old homes might not even have a drain around the house I know mine doesnít. Water travels around and will take the path of least resistance. We and the OP donít know what we donít know.
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100 year old homes might not even have a drain around the house I know mine doesnít. Water travels around and will take the path of least resistance. We and the OP donít know what we donít know.
Yes and that is why I said to try to take the downspout out of the picture.
Looking down the pipe, he will see if there is a pipe down there. Adding water he will be able to tell if it is moving along. By checking other downspouts, he might see if water is traveling around. And maybe by deduction, he can figure where the water might be going.
If the street has a storm drain he may be able to detect water movement there..

With a little research the OP will have a better idea of what is happening and should change the lists of known and unknown.
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Yes and that is why I said to try to take the downspout out of the picture.
Looking down the pipe, he will see if there is a pipe down there. Adding water he will be able to tell if it is moving along. By checking other downspouts, he might see if water is traveling around. And maybe by deduction, he can figure where the water might be going.
If the street has a storm drain he may be able to detect water movement there..

With a little research the OP will have a better idea of what is happening and should change the lists of known and unknown.
Good advice and what SNS suggested in #7
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The rain barrel and the sidewalk are both variables suggested by the OP.
And yes, a long (and temporary) pipe laid across the lawn would be a good test for both variables. The down-pipe could have been connected to a dry well; may have been damaged during sidewalk construction.
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Have you guys looked at the pictures, the floor of that room is at least 3 feet below the sidewalk in question.
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I'm not saying it's the sidewalk, just keeping in mind that it has been suggested/suspected. That cast iron down-pipe, being right there is my #1. The rain barrel may have been used to bypass a previous problem with the pipe. The pipe, being cast iron suggests that it is old and may even be tied into the sewerage line. You may find that out by running water in the house and listening at the open pipe.
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Hey everyone, OP here.

I was waiting for a heavy rain to follow up on this, and we had one this morning. Attached is a still shot of a video I took this morning showing water cascading out of our rear downspout drain. The same thing is happening with the drain in front (closest to the basement where the infiltration is occuring).

I suspect that I have found the culprit here, and that the likely cause is a clogged sewer drain--although I should note that I have only seen this happen in exceptionally heavy rain (such as what we had this morning). Can anyone confirm my suspicions?

Thanks as always.


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