Water in duct work....slab foundation

I purchased a home in Maryland 6 months ago. During a heavy rainfall, I happened to glance into one of the air ducts and saw about 2-3 inches of water. These houses are about 40 yrs old and built on concrete slab. I have had 4 or 5 different people out here and no one can tell me for sure what to do. The waterproofing company suggested a 20k trench to be dug around the home. The HVAC people said to cap the vents and run the ac in the ceiling. (this is a two story home). The other HVAC guy said he would dig up my floors and find the leaking pipes. The other two guys said that they would just "live with it". Please tell me is if you know of ANYTHING else to try. Thank you!
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On 3 Oct 2006 04:42:59 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Long straws and a thirsty group. Bubba
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com writes:

Howdy Diego,
Sorry to hear of your problem. That sucks!
I'm also sorry to see you've met alt.hvac's pair of village idiots. Perhaps you, like many others that came before you, actually assumed this would be a place to get reasonable hvac advice. Sadly they're long on quips and short on helpfulness (among other things, at least so say the ladies).
The alt.home.repair newsgroup has a broader spectrum of folks, a higher percentage of helpful ones, and a much lower percentage of completely unhelpful 'tards. I've added that group to the distribution on this message and set followups to alt.home.repair.
Can you describe the grading around your home? Do you have positive slope away from the house? If not, a properly constructed swale around the house will certainly help water penetration during a heavy rain, but on a slab, that does seem like a hell of a lot of work to do when you aren't protecting a basement. Of course, it's no shock the waterproofing company quoted you on the only work they know how to do. :-) The overhead re-routing of the vents seems like an inventive workaround, but for the heating season at least, having the vents on the floor would likely give you more comfort. And god knows what it'd take or if it's even possible to get a larger duct trunk up to the first floor ceiling to cover the whole house's heating/cooling load.
How often does this water penetration happen? If it's infrequent enough to be mitigated with a shopvac I'd be tempted to go that route absent any better ideas. Though I'd also be worried about the ductwork rusting out entombed in a thick layer of concrete.
I might also have a few more foundation specialist types out for their thoughts and other quotes on improving drainage away from your foundation that won't cost $20,000. Of course I'd first make sure my downspouts nad gutters are doin their thing and downspout extenders are being used to get that water well away from the foundation.
A photo of the home that shows some of the grading situation may be helpful too for folks to toss out suggestions.
Good luck!
Best Regards, -- Todd H. http://www.toddh.net /
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Yeah, right. Alt.Homo.Repair is OK if you like to hear from a bunch of wanna-be Tim Taylors who take more pride in trying to be "helpful" than in excellence in home repair.
I guess if it feels good to you to, then knock yourself out.
As for alt.hvac: Just because you don't understand all the "professional language" doesn't mean you can't learn something if you aren't such a whiny prick.
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