Bought a house and I think we have an exterior french drain, but are
not absolutely sure. is there any way to tell without digging it up?
We have a 6" wide flexible black tubing leading into our sump pump pit
from the exterior. Would that be coming from the exterior perimeter
Our builder is next to impossible to get a hold of, so I can't ask
I guess you could wait for the soil to be fairly dry. Take a
garden hose at full pressure and force it down the building
(basement) face or even make up a "blow pipe" to get the water
down deep. Keep it running and monitor the black pipe.
It sounds as if it is French drained. The big question is whether
the basement wall is damp proofed, with what, how well, did/does
it have protection board or was it waterproofed (an entirely
different process). I assume you are considering finishing the
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
I can't think of a reason for the sump pump unless its for a french
drain. And if you're worried about how the builder treats the walls,
just check out some of the new houses they're starting.
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