I recently bought an early 1800's timber frame house and am finding many ways to pour money into renovating it - from redoing all the sills to raising the roof in August. Currently I'm struggling with water in the basement from an overflowing artesian well plus a high water table. There is a 6" pipe bringing water into a large cistern, plus a couple of other drainage pipes. It is hard to figure out what they were trying to accomplish down there. We are having a perimeter drain put in next week, however, the contractor was unsure if he was going to be able to stop the flow of water into the basement. Any thoughts?