water in the basement
We own a 1930's tudor home. Several years ago we had the basement professionally remodeled. The previous owners had installed vinyl tiles on the floor and we installed wall-to-wall carpeting over the tiles. Over the years the house has been repointed, new gutters and leaders installed, etc., etc. Recently, we noticed a small wet spot which has become larger over time, about 3 feet from the front basement wall. We've had intermittent problems with water, always related to rain or in one case, a soaker hose mistakenly left on all night but the leaking always stopped after the rain stopped. However, this is the 1st time that it is leaking continuously. Speaking to neighbors in the area, we have been told that water is a common basement problem on this block. It is also known that there are underground springs in the area. BTW: we live halfway up a hill so we're not sure what affect springs would have. I never heard of a spring running up 1 side of a hill & down the other; but, who knows? We had a well-recommended professional company come to assess the problem and they suggested a "French drain." Unfortunately, they want to dig a drainage ditch around the inside perimeter & install a pump, which would require tearing down the wallboard and removing the baseboard water heating. It would all be replaced when the job was finished. The whole job would be very expensive. Are there less costly, even stop gap, solutions? Any ideas appreciated.
Last edited by Ron Kappes; 08-24-2007 at 09:15 PM.