Actually, I did get water flow into the basement twice without heavy
rain. They happened during a couple of hard winters (different winters)
a week or so after a series of big snow storm, while the snow was
melting. The sump pit had overflowed and the pump had broke. However,
this is a very rare occurance that I can live with.
Thanks for the advice, I will be fixing the gutters.
Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do about the ground slope. The
house's foundation was raised such that ground level is about 2 feet
above street level. With an additional elevation of 5 steps (nearly 2
feet) to the front door. Some time in the future, I will talk with a
landscaping friend regrading the front lawn per your advice.
Unfortunately, the backyard has a full length patio, i.e. flat
concrete. Nothing I can do about that.
BTW, based on prior discussion, I will not be doing any work on the
sump pit or lowering the drain tile. However, is there a way to upgrade
the efficiency of the existing drain tile without tearing up the
foundation? If yes, then this will be a future project, after the
grading of the front lawn.
Thank you for your advice, your help was greatly appreciated.
Sincerely - Burnt