Anyone ever run across a blocked foundation weeper where perforated
"Big O" drainage tile was used? Any luck getting it cleared out and
working again without having to dig it all up and replace it?? Looks
to me like a lot of silt got in through one of the down-runners -
possibly a window well, and plugged it up. Water level is about 6
inches below the basement floor - the level of which is a good foot
higher than the storm drain. (possibly even 2)
On Mon, 01 Jun 2015 21:03:44 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
It can be jetted if you have cleanouts.
If you don't, they may be able to dig down at both ends of the run and
then jet it. Better than digging it all up. Then they can put in
cleanouts, which you will never need again :-(
Although it is often done, downspout and surface drains shouldn't
connect to foundation tile because 1. stuff coming down the spouting
can clog them...as you know, and 2. you are dumping all the roof water
into your foundation if you do get a clog. The downspout drains
should run through solid PVC to your storm sewer or daylight, separate
from the foundation drains. Kinda late to do it right now, though....
On my current home the downspouts are all discharging on the
surfaceexcept one that goes into a small dry-well about 10-12 feet
from the foundation (overhanging porch at front of house) One main
dounspout goes into rain barrels first, with the overflow discharging
on the surface. Never had moisture problems in the basement. It is on
a fairly level lot, with an "open bottom" of sand and gravel.
The house in question is a candidate for my next home if I can get it
at the right price - bungalow - double garage - full excavated
basement under garage as well as the rest of the house - but currently
has a drainage problem.. Hoping the pros say they can clear the
drains - then there will be some re-grading to do - ground level is
within an inch or so of the first course of brick in some places -
should be 8 inches of foundation exposed.. There is a lot of "french
drain" installed to drain the back yard - and I'm suspicious they fed
those drains into the perimeter drain, and a load of silt from those
sub-surface lawn drains had plugged the perimeter drain.
There is a terraced retaining wall in the back yard that DOES need to
have a drain behind it - but I think it should discharge on the
surface and drain via a "swale" along the edge of the property to the
street. Currently part of the small back yard is lower than the land
at the back of the house (where the ground is nearly at the brick
line), and there is a tile inder that low area as well - both
dischrging into a "pit" at the back corner of the house that I believe
is connected to the perimeter. The pit is silted pretty badly.
We will see what the "experts" say - and how much it will cost to fix
- then we see what kind of an offer it makes sense to put on the
property. - and if the seller accepts the offer..
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