I have a bungalow built in ~1925 in SW Wisconsin. With the
recent heavy rains, the basement (of course) is showing some
ill effects. The cement block walls are all dry, but there is some
accumulation of moisture at the joints between the walls and
concrete floor. In addition, a close inspection of some hairline
cracks in the floor (some from cracking, some created when the
water line was dug up and repaired) I am seeing moisture along
these cracks. Nothing that will cause a flood, but enough to
cause mildew problems. As some of these moisture-laden
cracks are in the center of the basement, my uneducated
guess is that some of the drain tile is plugged. An inspection
of the floor drain shows that there is some water flowing into
the drain from under the house, presumably from drain tiles.
My question is this: is it possible to clear out the drain tiles
without digging trenches along the exterior of the foundation?
This would be a great expense, not to mention I would have
to replace both my and my neighbors driveway to dig.
I am concerned that just patching the hairline cracks
will do little to solve my problem. Ideas wanted.
David P. Feyen Reply to: dfeyen at wi dot rr dot com
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