I have a 1920s home and I'm having some drainage issues in the
basement, and was hoping that someone out there would have some advise
The home has a one car basement garage with the driveway steeply
sloping towards the garage. Of course when it rains, a significant
amount of water is directed at the garage door and last year we had a
flood of maybe 1/2 inch in the entire basement due to the drain not
The original drainage system was that water would come under the
garage door, enter a 1 inch deep depression which directed the water
to the side of the foundation wall. The water would then follow the
trench (goes completely around the entire basement) for about 3 feet
and then flow into a floor drain. The floor drain is about 8 feet from
the main stack which comes straight down from the bathroom above and
then into the foundation floor, and presumably into the sewer line
The problem is that the floor drain was completely clogged. This
summer I dug it out the best I could, but it doesn't appear to really
go anywhere. I assume it would be directed to the main stack, or
routed outside, but it almost feels like there is a pipe for about a
foot or so, and then just open space under the foundation.
My issues are twofold. First, it will only drain a moderate rainfall,
and I'm not sure if it is going anywhere or simply draining into the
ground and possibly eroding the soil under the foundation.
Also, if there are hard rains, the water begins to back up and
eventually will flood the basement.
Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated.
I assume the only permanent fix would involve punching through the
concrete floor and routing the water to the mainstack or putting in a
Appreciate the help.